Sermons on “Daniel”

Seeing the Future

Being in exile can be an extremely distressing way to live and hard to keep going—swimming against the stream. In order to keep swimming it is essential to know the future and begin to have it infuse the present. In short, we need to swim in a new stream.

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Sorting Out the Lines

In the place of exile it can be easy to get caught up in either/or thinking which keeps everything polarized. That way we are always getting caught up in both cultural or religious traps. Rather, we are called to look for a third option, that of the kingdom.

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Honestly Serving the Other

It can be very tempting when we realize our place of powerlessness to become afraid. We know that fear causes us to react in a variety of ways such as flight/flight or freeze/appease. What should mark our exile is not fear but sonship which allows us a different reaction altogether.

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Strange, Stranger, Strangest

When we find ourselves as strangers in a strange place we can be called on, and be tempted to, conform to the majority host culture. However, it is by remaining strange that we can begin to transform our host culture with the good news.

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We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

Christians, once upon a time, we in the centre of power for our culture. However, now we have been moved to the margins and our voice has become weak. This is what Scripture refers to as being in exile. Our question isn’t how to return to power, but how to authentically learn to live in exile. The first call on us is to be incarnational.

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