Consequences of Freedom

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC, March 5, 2017, the first Sunday of Lent.

Text:  Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7


It is hard to be a Christian in America.  I read those words last summer in Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s book, New Monasticism, after he had been with us for our July preaching series.  Jonathan writes, “almost everywhere I go these days, people agree that something is wrong in American Christianity.  Whether I’m talking to Pentecostals or Presbyterians, Democrats or Republicans, academics in a coffee shop or neighbors on their front porch, there seems to be a consensus on this: the church in America isn’t living up to what it’s supposed to be.”[i]  He goes on to say that the consensu [...]