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The Virtual Pulpit

The Virtual Pulpit

By Rev. Macie Liptoi
A podcast for such a time as this. Rev. Macie Liptoi, Pastor of 723 in Dallas Texas, breaks out of the normal church boundaries by preaching to a generation sold out on justice and seeking a social and spiritual revolution.

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The Triumph of the Incarnation

The Virtual Pulpit

The Triumph of the Incarnation
Scripture: Philippians 2:1-11 Why is it so remarkable that God became human? What does it mean to fear God? What if there's more to Jesus than simply being "a friend of mine?" Rev. Macie answers all those questions and more on this first episode of the second season of The Virtual Pulpit.
February 11, 2021
The Public Forum Ep. 2
In these bonus episodes called "The Public Forum," Rev. Macie responds to listener questions. This week's question is, "Why is God referred to in plural in Genesis? Were the writers good Methodists who believed in a triune God?"
October 11, 2020
Healing in the Hearing
Scripture: Mark 10:46-52. What voices do we silence and what voices do we uplift? Does Jesus have anything to say about the importance of hearing another person's cry for mercy? Does Bartimaeus show desperation or courage in crying out to Christ? Wrestle with all this and more on this week's episode of The Virtual Pulpit.   
October 01, 2020
BONUS EP. The Public Forum
In these bonus episodes called "The Public Forum," Rev. Macie responds to listener questions. This week's question is, "Why did God kill off the dinosaurs (if God doesn’t make mistakes) and why aren’t they in the biblical narrative of creation?"
September 27, 2020
Restored Flesh
Scripture: Romans 8:1-11. Rev. Macie challenges Paul's assertion that flesh is inherently sinful by going back to the very beginning of humanity and asking what the Hebrew has to say about our embodied nature. 
September 24, 2020
Jonah: The Stubborn Prophet
Scripture: Jonah 1-4. In the final sermon on our series on leadership, Rev. Macie pulls back the curtain on Jonah and how God uses him to bring about transformation, in spite of his stubbornness. 
September 17, 2020
The Failure of Abraham
Scripture: Genesis 18:16-33; Genesis 22:1-14. In the second sermon in our series on leadership in the face of Divine Wrath, Rev. Macie talks about Abraham; how the story that we were told was an example of his superior faithfulness may have actually been his greatest failure. 
September 10, 2020
In the Divine Warpath
Scripture: Exodus 32:9-14. Is God ever wrong? Does God ask us to blindly obey orders or to stand in God's way when we think God is wrong? Are we called to intercede before God on behalf of our people? This week, Rev. Macie takes a look at Moses and how he stood in the way of the Divine Warpath.
September 03, 2020
Empires Fall
Scripture: Romans 13:1-12. Why did Paul say to submit to authority? Was he complicit in an oppressive empire? What does this passage of scripture mean for Christian's living today, 2,000 years later? Rev. Macie tackles all these questions and more on this episode of The Virtual Pulpit.
August 27, 2020
The World Turned Upside Down
Scripture: Luke 12:13-21. What does the Gospel of Luke have to say about self-preservation? How did Jesus respond to the man who asked him to settle an inheritance dispute? We're told we're supposed to save for the future...but what does that have to do with working for the Kingdom of God? Rev. Macie wrestles with all those questions in this weeks episode. 
August 13, 2020
Leviticus, Tables, and Sin?
Why are we afraid to talk about sin? Why do we have to talk about it at all? This week, Rev. Macie uses the unlikely reference to Leviticus to discuss sin and salvation.
August 06, 2020
Nevertheless, She Persisted
Scripture: John 1:1-9, John 3:1-10, and John 4:5-26 This week, we look at the story of the Samaritan Woman in John 4 and how her persistence leads to a revelation far greater than she could have ever anticipated. 
July 30, 2020
The Americanization of Christianity
The scripture for this sermon comes from Matthew 25:31-45. Rev. Macie speaks to the importance of seeing Christ in others and being called to action.
July 23, 2020
The Virtual Pulpit
The very beginning of podcast for such a time as this. Listen in as Rev. Macie discusses how this podcast came to be.
July 22, 2020