Two resources that Pastor Grant referenced during the JUN 07 Worship Experience...

Martin Luther King, Jr's
Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Tony Evans'
"Challenge to the Church"

A note from Pastor Grant about choosing which voices to listen to...

Sadly, our society is currently experiencing a heightened partisanship that unfortunately leads to the creation and distribution of a great deal of information that is not designed to promote dialogue. Rather, it is for the purpose of defeating the “enemy” and winning the argument, election, etc. Not all information is created equal, or helpful at illuminating the issues of our day. Sometimes it creates lots of heat and very little light. Our primary source for truth must be the Scriptures, and then we need to listen to the voices of our brothers and sisters in the global church, and take the time to understand their perspectives before responding with our own. Beware of easy answers and quick explanations for complicated subjects. Pray for humility and discernment before engaging with any perspective. Examine the fruit that any particular information creates in your life, and compare it to the fruits of the Spirit: "Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Here, according to God, are the fruits to beware of letting take hold in our lives: hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, and division. (Galatians 5).

Personal Confession, Rhythmic (Sabbath) Living, & Scripture Meditation

Here are some resources that can guide us towards helpful spiritual practices that will keep us connected with God throughout these times. Work though each of them when you have some uninterrupted time.

Critical Openness

This lecture was given as part of a class on biblical interpretation that Pastor Grant took at Fuller Seminary. It suggests some healthy ways to engage in theological exploration and understanding, but it applies just as well to how we engage with the perspectives of others in ways that can contribute to healthy dialogue and faithfulness to the Gospel as we do so.

To Watch...

Just Mercy (PG-13)
Available  for free on most streaming services through June.

Grace, Justice, & Mercy: An Evening with Bryan Stevenson & Rev. Tim Keller

This is chance to hear from both Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and the author, Bryan Stevenson, of the book Just Mercy on which the movie was based.