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Reflecting on the Pulse Nightclub | GOF59

A year has passed since the Pulse Nightclub tragedy. In many ways, I’m still discovering how profoundly the event has personally impacted the way I minister to people. So in this episode, I share four ways this sad event has transformed the way I love and relate to people.

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Reflecting on the Pulse Nightclub | GOF59

by Dr. Jonathan G. Smith | Season 1


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Theology On The Street — Finding Human Dignity

In the Bible, Genesis 1:26–27 teaches that humanity was created in the image of God — that is, we are God’s image bearers. Reflecting on this passage, King David asks of God, “What is man that you (God) are mindful of him? (Psalm 118:4). The answer, we are literally God’s reflections in the world. This means that human life has a special place in the created universe. That’s why tragedies like the Pulse Shooting strike such deep blows in our psyches. Somehow such attacks strike agains the very dignity of God.

Smitty’s Tip of the Week

If you are looking for a good resource to learn more how to lovingly engage the LGBT+ community, then check out Bill Henson’s ministry Lead Them Home.

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Four ways the Pulse Shooting changed the way I think of ministry. 1. Move from confrontation to compassion 2. Recognize the debate over sexuality is a human problem — not just their problem. 3. Separate politics from people 4. Move from politics/theology to mission

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Jonathan G. Smith

The Rev'd Dr. Jonathan G. Smith is the Senior Minister of Redeemer Church in Orlando, Founder of Grace Nation, and owner of Higher Purpose Coaching. His passion is to see people transformed by the Gospel, the liberating power of Jesus Christ.

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