THERE’S A PASTOR in the Kansas City area who’s knee-deep into a 5-week series of engaging sermons on some tough topics about the Bible.
Also a bestselling author, Rev. Adam Hamilton pastors the largest United Methodist Church in the country: Church of the Resurrection. Weekly attendance at various locations throughout Greater KC: about 9,000 souls. Membership about 16,000.
This past Sunday, Adam tackled “Violence and God in the Bible.” He talked about how he personally handles it when the Bible talks about God ordering the slaughter of innocent people—babies included—when it’s nearly impossible to imagine Jesus doing anything of the kind.
Up and coming:
- The Bible and Science, September 2
- The Bible and Sexuality, September 9
- The Bible and Truth, September 16
Adam said he surveyed the congregation to get a sense of the Bible questions folks wanted addressed. The top vote-getter was what to make of the Bible’s apparent ban on practicing homosexuality.
That’s coming on September 9 [Grandparents Day on my calendar].
Adam is a uniquely gifted speaker. Extremely easy to listen to. It’s like he’s chatting with you on the back deck, sipping a cup of coffee. He is to preaching what I try to be when I’m writing easy-reading Bible reference books.
I think he’s well worth a listen. But I do have to warn you, if you’re someone who believes in the inerrancy of the Bible—that the original copies of every page in what is now our Bible was error-free—you’ll need to put on your thinking cap. When it comes to the Bible, thinking caps are a good thing.
I grew up being told what to think. Seminary came as a shock because that’s pretty much the first time I really felt encouraged to think for myself about what the Bible writers were saying.