A Changing Culture

Greg Strand – January 14, 2013 Leave a comment

I am sure most have heard that Louie Giglio, founder of the Passion conferences and pastor of Passion City Church, Atlanta, was initially invited to give the benediction prayer at President Obama’s inauguration. When it was discovered that he preached a sermon on the sin of homosexuality, a very vocal minority from the LGBTQ community made such an issue of it that Giglio graciously bowed out.

Though most know we are living in a post-Christian day, this statement is made abstractly and propositionally. This reality is now being experienced. Here are a few responses to this dis-invitation or gracious decline, depending on whose and which perspective you read. Though this is “old” news now, what is stated in these posts remains relevant for what this decision means for Christians seeking to live faithfully in this post-Christian culture.

Gabe Lyons, “Bullied on the President’s Stage

Al Mohler, “The Giglio Imbroglio — The Public Inauguration of a New Moral McCarthyism

Joe Carter, “Pastor Disinvited from Giving Inaugural Prayer Because of Sermon on Homosexuality

Russell Moore, “Louie Giglio and the New State Church

This is one of many reasons we are addressing the theme of “Sex Matters: The Theology of Human Sexuality” at our Theology Conference. In light of the theme’s timeliness, importance, excellent speakers, and interdisciplinary approach, it is a must-attend Conference. If you are unable to attend, you will miss an incredible learning and equipping opportunity that has not yet been matched in a similar conference or venue.

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

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