My Response to the Evil in Charlottesville

The following is what I shared this past Sunday morning (8/13/2017) at New City Church regarding the events that took place this weekend in Charlottesville:

As many of you know, and for those that don’t, this past Friday night in Charlottesville VA, on the campus of the University of Virginia, a group of self proclaimed “white nationalists” marched with torches through the campus. This continued Saturday at their “Unite the Right” rally, comprised of white nationalists, neo-nazi’s, Klu Klux Klan members and others, proclaiming to “take America back.”

These people are often referred to as the “alt-right,” however any sane person knows this title does not accurately describe who they are. Rather, they are racists, they are bigots, and they are demonic. Again, let me be clear, white nationalism is not just racism, it is demonic.

DDFLP 003: Dr. Kim Kimberling on Marriage, Faith, and Loving Others in Practical Ways

Dr. Kim Kimberling is a counselor, author, and founder of Awesome Marriage, a ministry all about equipping couples to experience marriage the way God intended. In this episode, Dr. Kim shares how faith influences his life and work, how we can improve our marriages, and how to love others in practical ways.

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DDFLP 002: Mary Ann Sibley on How We Can Love and Serve Others in Tangible Ways

In this episode, Mary Ann Sibley shares about the importance of being available, and how big of an impact we can have when we serve others.

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Matter Spark

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DDFLP 001: Ron Klabunde on How Building Relationships Leads to Conversations About Faith

Welcome to episode 1 of the Dylan Dodson Faith and Life podcast. In this episode, I interview Ron Klabunde, founder and CEO of Generosity Feeds.

In this episode, Ron talks about the importance of building relationships with others, and gives practical tips on how to go about doing so.

Guest links: Ron Klabunde

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Yes, You Are a Pharisee. Here’s What You Can do About it.

If you are at all familiar with the Bible, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the Pharisees. They were some of the Jewish religious leaders in the time of Jesus, who made sure people were following the Jewish laws and customs. Many of whom also wanted to look good in front of others for how “holy” they were.

And it is easy for many of us (Christians) today to look at them, roll their eyes, and be glad we aren’t like that. Sure we aren’t perfect, but at least we aren’t holding people to unrealistic standards that God never asked them to live up to.

Except that we are like them, we just don’t know it.

Is Jesus’ Command to Take of His Blood a Violation of God’s Law?

In the Old Testament, the Israelites are commanded not to consume meat that still has blood in it. In Genesis 9:4 God tells Noah he and his family could eat animals for food, and also says “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.” It is also mentioned various times in the Old Testament laws that consuming blood was forbidden.

The God Story of how New City Church Found a Home

Email from me: My name is Dylan Dodson and I am leading a new church starting in the area in 2017 (newcityrdu.com). I saw on your guys’ website that you are moving to a new space, and was wondering what was going to happen to your space on Creedmoor road? We are looking around for potential places to meet in starting in January. Thanks!

Response: Hi Dylan. The space is still open and all set a for a church … stage, sound booth, power, and snake [sound cable] in the ceiling.

Could this finally be it? Probably not, we’ve struck out on eight places so far for New City to meet, and that is only counting the places I have had conversations with (and not all the places that might could work but we didn’t hear back from). This is Raleigh we are talking about, why can’t we find someplace to meet on a Sunday morning?!

Moving From Inviting to Investing

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If you grew up in church, or have been a part of one for a while, you have undoubtedly heard over and over again the emphasis on inviting people to come to church with you. Be it a church service, event, group, etc. And while inviting others is a good thing, it is not and should not be the ultimate thing.

Here’s why.

How to Be Faithful This Election Season

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This election is very difficult for many people. Many people don’t like either candidate from the two political parties. And there is all this buzz out there that supposedly a vote for ___ (a third party candidate, or not voting) is a vote for Trump while others say somehow the very same act is actually a vote for Hillary Clinton; because realistically a third party candidate will not win and you shouldn’t waste your vote.

But we have never had two more unpopular candidates running at the same time than we do this election. We’ve never expected our presidents to be perfect, but it seems (to many) like these two candidates don’t pass a simple human decency test.

So what should we do? More specifically, how should Christians vote?

The most repeated phrase this election we have heard is that we should vote for the person we think is the lesser of two evils; because few people really love either candidate.

I’m not dismissing this idea, as I truly do understand the dilemma. If you don’t like either candidate, why not vote for the one you think will cause less damage. And since no presidential candidate has ever been perfect, that’s what we do every four years anyway. Right?

So what do we do?