It was a real privilege to join Matt Woodley for an episode of Preaching Today‘s podcast, Monday Morning Preacher, entitled: “Preparing People for Christmas with Advent Preaching.” Matt and I talked about the significance of Advent, why preaching the preparation of Advent is important, and also offered some examples of how I have done this over the years at Eastbrook. Advent has been incredibly important to me in my own spiritual journey, but also in my approach to ministry.
How do we give a theological framework for thinking about specific sexual issues? Matt Woodley talks to Matt Erickson, Senior Pastor at Eastbrook Church about his experience with preaching on sexuality. His church took the concept of the four chapter gospel: creation (the original goodness of sexuality), fall (how sin, evil and brokenness impact our love), redemption (Jesus redeeming work is significant for love, and our life in our bodies) and restoration (points to the new heaven and the new earth). He challenged people to think about how their love, conception of the body, and sexuality fit together in that big story of God. As a result, the church can then engage with issues like adultery, pornography, homosexuality, gender dysphoria etc…
Tara M. Owens’ bookEmbracing the Body: Finding God in Our Flesh and Bone. Intervarsity Press , 2015.
Matt Woodley serves as the Editor for PreachingToday.com and the Pastor of Compassion Ministries at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois. He is also the author of God With Us: The Gospel of Matthew (IVP).