John Mark Comer returns to the podcast to update what’s happening in this cultural moment, why so many people inside and outside the church keep falling for cultural lies about sex, truth, freedom and culture, why the political left and right ultimately fail, and points to the way forward for the church.
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Insights From John Mark
1. Critique secular culture by biopsying it
When preparing his sermons, John Mark includes three practices. He:
- Teaches scripture
- Gives people practices to form their heart and body into Christ-like character
- Provides cultural commentary
A known voice in cultural influence and impact, John Mark likes to critique culture by “biopsying it,” asking where it comes from, who started that language and where the origins are—of any belief or idea.
His goal is to see what the philosophical underpinnings are behind it by putting it under a microscope in a curious, almost journalistic kind of way. And, he says, what happens is that it starts to expose reality for what it actually is.
2. 5 marks of the early church
John Mark speaks about the division of the Left and Right in North American politics. In Larry Hurtado’s book, Destroyer of the gods, he outlines the 5 features of Christian distinctiveness.
Here’s how John Mark describes the 5 marks:
- A very high value of what we would call diversity, equity and inclusion
- Value of socioeconomic differences
- Sex being between one man and one woman for life until death do us part
- The fight against infanticide abortion
- Unwillingness to be in the military as a follower of Jesus
The irony around these 5 marks is that the first two sound liberal because they’re talking about race and class. The second two sound conservative because they’re talking about sexuality, gender and abortion. And the last one doesn’t fit either side. Non-violence doesn’t really go with Democrat or Republican, Left or Right. But it’s these 5 things that really don’t exist in any other movement around.
3. Combat spiritual warfare by redirecting your thoughts
Taken from A Monastic Handbook for Combating Demons by Evagrius the Pontus and supported by Hebb’s Law of Neuroplasticity (which proves that we can redirect our thoughts), John Mark provides very practical ways to combat spiritual warfare. You can do this through a simple journaling exercise, therapy or even over coffee with a trusted friend.
- What are the lies that play in my mind? Write them down.
- What are the deceptive ideas that these thoughts that feel to have an evil will to them, that just keep coming back? Write them out. See if you can do some internal work.
- What’s the trust structure below them?
- What’s the fear that’s attached to them, that’s driving me, or the desire that’s disordered that’s driving me?
Then, in prayer, ask God to bring a corresponding scripture to mind, and write it out. Redirect these thoughts by replacing them with the truth that is God’s word.
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