Text: Jeremiah 32:1-3a. 9-15
About two weeks ago I joined several Pullen members attending a two-day conference with an interesting title: “Big Tent Christianity: Being and Becoming the Church.” It was a fascinating experience. This national conference held in North Raleigh was attended by people from all over the country and funded by the Ford Foundation. The planners said the reason for the event was to shine a light on the insanity of divisions within the American Christian church, with conservatives, evangelicals, Pentecostals, fundamentalists, moderates, liberals, and others all battling each other instead of following the example of the radical rabbi of the first century, Jesus of Nazareth. There were thirty-six speakers, many of them nationally known leaders from various corners of Christianity. Each was given ten minutes to speak on a topic like theology, the bible, denominationalism, justice, spirituality, and sexuality from a “big tent” perspective.