Liberation In Jesus

Our theme is “liberation,” a word that often has political connotations.  Liberation theology once fired the imaginations of Christians wanting to help the poor in developing nations.  Unbelievably, in Latin America, Liberation theology has been almost completely replaced by the “health and wealth gospel”  of folks like Joel Osteen.  (I strongly recommend this new Gospel if you happen to be healthy and wealthy!)

Liberation always holds the promise of more freedom like the old joke:  What’s the definition of a Russian string quartet? A Soviet orchestra back from a US tour! 🙂

In this week’s sermon, we’ll be examining why liberal churches and conservative churches misunderstand the concept of liberation in Jesus—but for different reasons.  And we’ll be looking at how we can be truly free.

In the words of that imminent theologian Paul Simon:

Just slip out the back, Jack

Make a new plan, Stan

You don’t need to be coy, Roy

Just get yourself free

Hop on the bus, Gus

You don’t need to discuss much

Just drop off the key, Lee

And get yourself free