Fall Sermon Series

The Pastoral Epistles (1 & 2 Timothy and Titus) have not featured much in my preaching. I can’t say specifically why. Perhaps it’s because of the difficult issues with critical scholarship, alleged pseudonymity (i.e., much of scholarship in the late 19th and most of the 20th century concluded Paul did not write these documents), and the seemingly regressive positions on gender, the Torah, authority/leadership, etc. taken by Paul compared to other documents. I periodically come in and out of the lectionary readings for my preaching. Year C features Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy, and 2 Thessalonians. I preached a four part series on Philemon not too long ago, so I figured, working with the lectionary but tweeking it a bit (basically dropping Philemon and 2 Thess and switching some ordering around) I could have great opportunity to work through the Pastorals, and the difficult issues of leading through conflict, character formation, and discipleship. Come join us and be encouraged, challenged, and hopefully provoked to wrestle with Scripture.

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