Karl Barth is quoted as saying “Take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.”
When preaching I would prefer to stay in the biblical world, but it's not preaching if it doesn't bridge to our experiences today. First and foremost I try to remind you that God loves you today, tomorrow and yesterday. My second goal is to try to help you examine your day to day experiences in light of this love. My third goal is to encourage you apply your understanding of this love to your interactions with the world around you. That first goal is certain and directive. God loves you, all the time, no matter what. The outcome of the second two is strictly between you and God.
I am not always equal to the task of including the news in my sermons, but I trust God to take the fumbling words from my mouth and carry them gracefully, transforming them to the words you need to hear. Should you hear me tell you how to apply your faith to worldly concerns, please understand that is not what I intended, but I could not avoid the topic and do the work you call me to do.
If church is a place where worldly concerns are safe from faith-based scrutiny, then it is also a place protected from God. Jesus was not born in human form to lift us out of our day-to-day suffering, but to help us face our sufferings in such a way that we don’t add to someone else’s misery. In this way, we become instruments of God’s peace.
We start with the Bible and ask what God has to say about the events of the day.