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How The Church Responded in the Orlando Shooting | ITC14

How The Church Responded in the Orlando Shooting | ITC14

Welcome to Episode 14 of the In the City Podcast with Dr. Jonathan G. Smith. In this episode, Jonathan discusses the complexity of the Orlando Shooting and how that impacted the Church’s response. Approaching the issue from the angle of a minister, he explains how the Love/Law Dialectic should inform an Evangelical answer to the Orlando Shooting.

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This Episode’s Topic: Orlando Shooting

To better understand why this topic matters, Jonathan discussed the underlining strain between biblically faithful Christians and the LGBT Community and how that has shaped many people’s reactions. In his presentation, Jonathan introduces the idea of Irreducible Complexity and sheds light on the various ways people responded on their social media accounts.

He discusses five layers of complexity that he believes contributed to the different ways in which we are seeing people respond.He concludes by saying that Christians are to be ambassadors of grace and emissaries of love to the LGBT Community while maintaining to the standards of sexuality of historic Christianity.

What You’ll Discover

  1. The shock that accompanied this tragic event
  2. An in-depth analysis as to overlapping issues that create a potentially complex arena of views and opinions
  3. How Holy Scriptures Love-Law Dialectic should shape an individual’s response to trauma and tragedy
  4. Why acknowledging the social complexity of the Orlando Shooting helps measure our response.

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The best part about podcasting is joining in a conversation with you. To help kick off a discussion here is a question to consider:
How did you respond to the Orlando Shooting? Did you find yourself struggle with anxiety, anger, or fear?

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About The Author

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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