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The Sacred Romance

The gospel is an invitation into an ancient and eternal drama of the heart

Simone Weil once wrote that there were only two things that pierce the human heart: beauty and affliction.

Five weeks ago my best friend and partner was killed in a climbing accident. Brent and I had taken a group of men up to the mountains for a time of spiritual search and renewal, and the weekend took a tragic turn. Tragedy is a dramatic invitation for us to wrestle deeply with the truest and the most important questions of our hearts. Why? Why do we long so deeply for happiness, for joy? Why are we so full of dreams—for our children, for the future—when life seems to be so disappointing, so unpredictable?

The real tragedy of postmodernism is what it has done to the human soul. We are now in the postmodern era. We ask postmodernism to answer the deepest questions of the human heart. Postmodernism responds with, "We don't know. It's unanswerable. There are no answers to why you long for a different life than the one you have." Christianity was supposed to be the answer to the riddle of the earth. It was supposed to speak to the deepest issues of the human heart in a way that captured our hearts and drew us up into something larger, but because Christianity did not escape the trend into postmodernism, what we have left is not the gospel. What we have left is a Christianity of tips and techniques: three steps for a good quiet time, four habits for effective marriage communication. It does not take your breath away; and if Christianity does not take your breath away, something else will.

A little boy of 11 or 12 once wrote a letter of contrition to C. S. Lewis. As many of you know, C. S. Lewis was the author of the Chronicles of Narnia, a series of children's stories in which there is a hero, ...

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction: Postmodernism compels us to retell the story of life and love.

I. The story begins with the eternal love of the Trinity.

II. God invites angels into the drama.

III. God's love is put on trial in the creation of humanity.

IV. An eternity of joy and feasting awaits those that accept the invitation.