Most of Us Have Been Exposed :: PODCAST

Presented by Pastor Steve Shields at Curwensville Alliance on 10/15/2017

What would you do if I offered you the latest smartphone for free, but when you got home, you found it was a cheap imitation that had no electronics inside its case? 

That’s a little of what Smith and Denton say churches have done to young people of the previous decade or so — they’ve given them religion, but it’s not the real thing. It’s an imitation that looks good, but doesn’t function at all.

They call it Moralistic, Therapeutic Deism

And it’s soaked into much of the church. Like an infection.

Most of us have been exposed. Some of us are vulnerable. Some — infected.

I’ve seen in at all levels, among both genders, throughout all age groups.

It’s as common as the common cold.

This podcast helps you identify it and inoculate yourself against it.

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The Hazard of Contractual Faith :: PODCAST

Presented on 10/8/2017 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

Have you ever been angry with God? Disappointed? Wanting to walk away? You’re not alone. Pastors encounter this in others all the time. (And the honest ones will tell you that they struggle with it, themselves.)

I call it contractual faith.

I used to attend your church, but when my mom died, that was it. I had prayed and prayed that she’d get well. And I know that if we pray for anything in Jesus’ name… Well, mom died. God didn’t keep up his end of the bargain.

What do you do with that?

How you address this issue, for yourself personally, is very important. 

The reality is that the person speaking in the text above thinks that their faith is a contractual agreement between God and them. It’s not. It’s something other. Very other.

This podcast works to unpack this concept in a helpful and healing manner.
-Pastor Steve

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Have You Made a Religious System to Cope with Fear? :: PODCAST

Presented on 10/1/2017 at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields

In his book, What’s Wrong with Religion, Skye Jethani suggests that a lot of religious systems have been developed to help us manage our fear. Fear of the wilderness we find ourselves inhabiting. 

I think he’s right.

And I think even the most seasoned veterans of Christian faith can find themselves creating religious mechanisms to keep them “safe”.

This is never what God has in mind. And it’s never effective.

In this podcast, I try to identify what a religious mechanism looks like and how we can turn from them to the personal God who makes us safe.
-Pastor Steve

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