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I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! I received the world’s greatest Christmas gift yesterday: my first grandchild.

Madison Wallace McCormick was born yesterday morning and everyone is recovering well. Please do keep Madison in your prayers as he will need to spend the next few days in the NICU in Huntsville. Tami and I will be close by to help Patrick and Kaitlyn and I’m looking forward to taking some time to rest and recharge.

Before I do that, I just want to tell you a bit more about my next sermon series that begins on Sunday, Jan. 13:

 

Ours is a time when the Christian message is being challenged and called in to question on every hand. Whether it is from militants atheists, secular humanists, or religious fundamentalisms, historic, mainstream Christianity is put on the defensive. Do you know what you believe and why you believe it? Can you clearly and intelligently articulate why Christianity still makes sense? When someone poses questions about your faith when easy answers will not suffice, do you become a shrinking violet?

It doesn’t have to be that way. In our sound-bite, social media-saturated world, we find it much too convenient bypassing the tough questions about religious belief that generations before us have all wrestled with.

Now is the time for an intentional, clear case for Christianity to be made. Actually, the case must be made! To that end, beginning on January 13, I will introduce an eight-part sermon series for the New Year titled “The Reasons I Believe: A Sober Defense of Christian Faith.”

I have struggled with many motifs in Christian theology, and wrangled with the dark side of Christian history, such as the Inquisition, the Crusades, anti-Semitism, and blatant bigotry…all shamelessly perpetuated in the name of Christ. This sincerely saddens me. But I still believe that there are sound and solid reasons for standing firm when it comes to the core of Christian faith. This is the time to distinguish what Christianity is really all about…and what it is not.

Please mark your calendar and bring your friends and family this January as I attempt to offer positive answers for atheist, agnostics, skeptics, seekers, and disgruntled believers as to why I still believe!

Enjoy your holiday week, the New Year, and these special days of togetherness.

I will see you soon!
Pastor Kip

A Very Special Christmas Gift