Understanding Transgender

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In 2015, Caitlyn Jenner was named Woman of the Year, paving the way for the transgender movement to find a voice. Since then, gender non-conformity has become one of the defining issues of our age.

But what is transgender and how might we respond to this transgender moment as Christians, in love and wisdom?

In this talk, Daniel unpacks terms like gender dysphoria, transitioning, and gender nonconformity. He explains why we need to respond with love and kindness to transgender people. He raises questions about aspects of trans culture and the need to balance love with truth.

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Social Media and Discipleship

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This is the third sermon of a 3-part series on “Digital Technology – The Great Discipleship Challenge of our Age”.

Taking a particular focus on Facebook as the biggest social media platform in today’s society, Daniel questions the truth of Facebook’s promise as being “free and always free”, and whether there is actually a cost to us as disciples of Jesus. How do we feast and fast on social media in a healthy way, and engage with digital technology in a way that we’d have our kids and those we’re discipling proudly imitate?

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Medium is the Message

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This is the second sermon of a 3-part series on “Digital Technology – The Great Discipleship Challenge of our Age”.

One of the ways we can find ourselves thinking about digital technology is to carefully consider the content of what we’re exposing ourselves to, for us, our children and those we may be discipling. In this sermon Daniel draws on a thought that came to light as technology first emerged in the form of television, suggesting that the means of the content we’re exposed to is just as significant in shaping us as the content itself. In the instant, multi-tasking, constantly connected age of the smart phone, are we growing to look, act and think just like it? Or can we live in a way that allows us to engage with new media in a way that is set apart from the culture around us?

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The Great Idol of our Age

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This is the first sermon of a 3-part series on “Digital Technology – The Great Discipleship Challenge of our Age”.

Opening the discussion for considering what may act at the greatest challenge we face as disciples in the 21st century, we hear there are many potential threats. Here Daniel shares his reflections and insights on what he sees to be the great idol of our age: digital technology. What consumes our time and energy? In the words of Tim Keller, what is the “functional master” of our hearts? Can we take on the challenge of a 24 hour digital detox? And follow Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego by living counter-cultural lives, and not bowing down to the idols of the day.

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