Archive for the 'Relationships' Category

You Don’t Bring Me Flowers

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Does your relationship ever provoke thoughts like, “Why does he always misunderstand? Why is nothing I do good enough? What’s wrong with us?”

We’ll look at some very practical ways to express our love, as well as how to see and understand our spouse’s expressions of love. This is the fifth and final part of the sermon series on Building Successful Spousal Relationships. Many of the ideas in this sermon come from the book, The Five Love Languages.

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Family First

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

This sermon looks at what, for many lgbt people, are two of the most frightening passages in the Bible.

First is the story of Adam and Eve, so popular with the God-Hates-Fags crowd. They love to chant, “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” because it’s such a clever phrase — and it rhymes!

Then there’s Jesus’ hard teaching on divorce. Many of us were taught to interpret this as a strict prohibition against almost all divorce. And, for those of us who came to an understanding of our sexual orientation or gender identity late in life, and found ourselves in a divorce we hadn’t planned on, this teaching haunts us with guilt.

But did you know that those texts can be read to affirm lgbt people? Listen as we get to the heart of these passages.

This sermon was presented by Tyler Connoley, a friend and former member of Jesus MCC, and coauthor of The Children Are Free.

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Mad About You

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

We’ve all experienced it — a sudden rush of anger, and before we know it, we’ve said deeply hurtful words that can never be taken back. Wounded, the other person lashes back, and our relationship is riven by conflict.

This sermon looks at practical strategies for anger management. We all need it!

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I Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

How much should I expect from my spouse? To what extent should my spouse fulfill my needs? Those are the questions this sermon explores.

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‘Til Death Do Us Part

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

How do we keep our commitments in a relationship? When is it appropriate to break them?

This sermon focuses on the biblical concept of hesed, or covenant loyalty. It presents neither sugar-coated platitudes nor dogma — but examines real issues in a way that can bring life.

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Making Love

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

Why do some relationships work, but so many fail?

Am I ready for a relationship?

How can I make the relationship I’m in better?

This sermon kicks off a new series: Spiritual Principles for Successful Relationships.

Listen if you’re embarking on a new relationship, would like to have a relationship in the future, or want to improve the relationship you have.

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