Gasoline or Love in a Tinderbox [Sermon]

In many ways, our world feels like a tinderbox right now—and easily flammable.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic—and all of it’s accompanying stress and stain—has pushed many people to the edge of what they can normally handle.
  • We have witnessed the horrible death of George Floyd and have become increasingly aware of the pain of racial discrimination.
  • We have heard and seen stories of violence done in protests.
  • We have seen world leaders throw fuel on the flames when we wish they would exercise humble wisdom.
  • Then we go online, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen the internet as angry as it is now.

How do we respond as Jesus’ people, even from within the tinderbox?

This is what I sought to answer with 1 John 4:7-21 in this sermon from June 7, 2020. It’s called Gasoline or Love in a Tinderbox. I also want to acknowledge and thank Dorothy MacPherson, one of the charter members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Barrie, Canada, who read the biblical text as a part of the message.

The YouTube version is here, and the audio-only download is underneath:


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