Rockland Talks was established to help you deepen your biblical worldview and “See the World the Way God Sees it.” Think of Rockland Talks as having today’s newspaper headlines in one hand and the Bible in the other. We wanted to facilitate a conversation that isn’t as easily addressed during Sunday mornings with an interactive Q&A session following the guest speaker’s presentation. Rockland Talks represents the intersection of politics, culture, and religion. We host two events per year with insight and commentary from Christian speakers, writers, and thinkers.
Noelle Mering - Awake, Not Woke
Philip Yancey - Engaging Culture Through a Biblical Lens
Philip Yancey’s talk anchored on four key themes made more relevant given the context of our divided country:
- Don’t confuse any nation with the Kingdom of God
- A Church should resemble an urgent care center more than a country club
- Christians fight with the weapons of grace
- We can learn to communicate with those who see the world differently
The real-world application of the above guidance was further elaborated upon by Yancey and he encouraged us as individuals and Church leaders to:
- Place your relationships and your Christian faith above tribal politics and be a light in a world of darkness. There should be a clear line of demarcation as to how Christians live and behave versus the rest of the world. It is better to have the Church and State separate because, historically, when the Church joins the State, it is usually the State that wins to the detriment of the citizens and the Church. Instead, the Church is to be the conscience of the State.
- Go out into your local communities and serve others that are not like yourself and who are not part of your Church. You are to serve others not because they are Christian but because you are a Christian.
- Love our enemies, real and perceived, just as Jesus loves us. That is, by definition, a grassroots bottoms-up effort.
- When engaging in conversation with others that hold a diametrically different opinion than you, seek clarity and understanding, not agreement. Instead of trying to convert or “win the argument”, simply focus on intensive and intentional listening and hearing their story.
Neil Anderson - The Spiritual Battle for Your Mind
Father Lou Christopolus - What to Do Next in Post-Christian America?