Welcoming Truth

My Sermon at Davison Free Methodist Church

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image: Davison Free Methodist Church

This past Sunday I spoke in both services at the church I grew up in and where I worked for eight years when I first went into the ministry. I didn’t know at the time that the service was going to be streamed on Facebook Live, but was pleasantly surprised to see it.

Below you can view that sermon if you want to, it starts about 26 minutes into the service.

I promise you, whether you are religious or not, there is much to learn here. I hope you don’t overlook it simply because it’s a message I preached in church. It has universal applicability and that was the whole point of preaching it in a church to begin with. I hope you enjoy it. It was a blast.

 

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  • Thanks a ton for this great comment, Bryan. You might want to check out the book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. It’s a bit conservative for my taste, but contains the bedrock for the principles I preached about in that sermon. So glad you enjoyed it and found it helpful.

    I think you’re being a bit hard on yourself, perhaps. Not sure all the responsibility for your failure to participate is on you. I haven’t darkened the doors of a church since I retired from Wildwind on June 12, with the exception of speaking at DFMC for this sermon. I haven’t been able to bring myself to go back, for many of the same reasons you haven’t been able to make yourself attend to begin with. I get it, and even as a pastor at Wildwind, that was never far from my mind.

    FWIW, I am meeting more and more retired pastors who feel the same way I do — don’t miss it a bit, and cannot bring themselves to go back. For some it was a year or more before they could go back. I see myself in that camp and if I’m back by next June attending any church with any regularity I’ll be surprised.

    God moves in all kinds of ways. A local church can be a huge part of a person’s life and growth. But a lot of churches have to take responsibility for being terrible places for human beings to connect to. That’s not your fault. Thanks for your honest and totally on-target remarks.

  • Bryan C

    I watched your sermon at the Davison Free Methodist and totally loved it! There is so much practical value to what you were saying. “Using God to run from God” and the futility of trying to embrace the big picture tenants of Christianity while failing to acknowledge our glaring flaws that should be addressed at a personal level are both powerful messages; the existence of these two phenomenon are largely the reason why the church has had no presence in my life.

    Ultimately, my failure to participate in organized religion is all on me. I let the baggage of unsatisfactory church experiences as a child interfere with my receptiveness to religion, and it has been largely absent during my adult life. No major baggage, nothing that gave me mental scars, but more of a failure to connect with the message and a failure to find anyone that I desired to emulate.

    The only service I have attended in the past 20+ years (outside of obligations like weddings, funerals, baptisms, etc.) was yours at few years ago at Wild Wind. The only internet sermon I have watched was yours in your blog. I’m not sure if I have a future with a church, I really wish I had something like that in my life. Yes, I know, everyone’s church is fantastic, it is a matter of giving a few a try, I hope at some point I am ready to do that…

    • Thanks a ton for this great comment, Bryan. You might want to check out the book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. It’s a bit conservative for my taste, but contains the bedrock for the principles I preached about in that sermon. So glad you enjoyed it and found it helpful.

      I think you’re being a bit hard on yourself, perhaps. Not sure all the responsibility for your failure to participate is on you. I haven’t darkened the doors of a church since I retired from Wildwind on June 12, with the exception of speaking at DFMC for this sermon. I haven’t been able to bring myself to go back, for many of the same reasons you haven’t been able to make yourself attend to begin with. I get it, and even as a pastor at Wildwind that was never far from my mind.

      FWIW, I am meeting more and more retired pastors who feel the same way I do — don’t miss it a bit, and cannot bring themselves to go back. For some it was a year or more before they could go back. I see myself in that camp and if I’m back by next June attending any church with any regularity I’ll be surprised.

      God moves in all kinds of ways. A local church can be a huge part of a person’s life and growth. But a lot of churches have to take responsibility for being terrible places for human beings to connect to. That’s not your fault. Thanks for your honest and totally on-target remarks.

    • Oh, and Bryan, you may really enjoy some of my posts at the bottom of this post: http://davidkflowers.com/2011/11/primer-struggling-with-faith/