Living Truthfully, Sermon Series in February

We now have a new adjective:post truth. The editors of the Oxford English Dictionary picked post-truth as the 2016 word of the year, defining it as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotional and personal belief.”
Yet, telling the truth is more than an intellectual exercise or having access to reliable information. It is also a matter of being a certain kind of person. The virtue of truth telling is intertwined with our spiritual journey. Truth telling requires humility. In particular, having the humility to be corrected and the humility to join in the current discussion and debate.
Key to truth telling is a fundamental openness to a world bigger than ourselves, our perspectives, our opinions. Truth telling requires us to listen to others and respect others. It might also involve letting go of judgement, and blaming others. Only then do we have the perspective we need to make sound decisions. Dietrich Bonhoeffer put it this way, “to speak truthfully, one’s gaze and one’s thought must be directed toward the way the real exists in God and through God and for God.” In worship, Februray 12- 26, our topic is Living Truthfully. See you in worship!

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