A month or two ago, a friend of mine asked his Facebook friends “Do you believe in God? Why or why not?” Usually reluctant to (a) share personal things and (b) participate in the online debate / flamewar of the week, I refrained from answering. I did follow the discussion thread as it grew, and the burden of answering the question continued to roll around in my head.
A couple of times a year, I get to dust off my professional ministry hat and put it on for a bit. Aside from the occasional wedding, I sometimes have the opportunity to fill the pulpit for our pastor while he is on vacation. This often happens after Christmas, as he likes to take some time off following the very busy Advent and holiday season. I decided to use this latest opportunity as a chance to explore what I was feeling about this whole God-Facebook debate.
The attached file is the result, a sermon entitled “Skeptics and Hope.” It’s not the greatest title, but it works. It’s also not my best sermon, but again, it works. (Indeed, there is a sermon I preached years ago that has become known as “The Hooters Sermon.” I don’t know what I got right with that one, but I still have people mention it to me.)
Referenced within the sermon are a number of external sources:
- The Skeptic’s Dictionary
- Philip Yancey’s Church: Why Bother? (and by extension, J.F. Power’s Wheat The Springeth Green)
- A Letter to Non-Believers by Shane Claiborne in Esquire Magazine
- The Toy Story 3D Experience
- Spoofing Ollivander