Church Views · On Being Christian

starting a conversation

There are some topics that seem safer to keep off limits. Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s safe to discuss the things that everyone agreed to ignore over Christmas dinner: cousin Andy’s stint in drug rehab, Aunt Paula’s obvious alcoholism, the unrepaid loan to Uncle Ted. Everyone’s so entrenched in long-established positions there’s just no way to even have a conversation about the issues everyone realizes may be hugely significant to the family.

There are a few of these issues that conflict the Church today. We believe homosexuality is wrong, but struggle to reconcile this with God’s love and forgiveness. Does God have a position on the use of nuclear weapons? We realize that sex trafficking is a $12 billion a year enterprise, but we don’t know where or how to begin to address it.

Here’s your chance to talk about it.

If you live in southern California, Lumen 1:31 is a one-afternoon conversation about these very topics – “bringing questions to light.” Featuring speakers who are currently influencing these avenues of culture with the gospel message, the afternoon also includes time for questions and dialog. Check out all the info at The afternoon is being hosted at Mariners Church in Irvine.

A lumen is “the volume of space illuminated from a point source having an intensity of one candle.” This informative event will begin a conversation that can really illuminate these difficult issues. I highly recommend it.