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570: Hello AI Sermons, Goodbye Saddleback, & Happy Juneteenth with Rasool Berry

Christians in Germany are using ChatGPT to create liturgies and even preach sermons. Is the rise of AI different from previous technologies, and how should the church respond? Meanwhile, the South Baptists voted overwhelmingly to prohibit women from being pastors and banned any churches that disagree. How did an issue that even John Piper argued was not essential in 1991 become grounds for excommunication in 2023? Then, a new documentary by author and pastor, Rasool Berry, introduces the history and meaning of Juneteenth. While some MAGA conservatives are condemning the holiday as “woke,” Berry says it actually has deep connections to Christian theology and the church. Plus, Christian is searching for a castle in Belgium.

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0:00 - Sponsor - World Relief

0:48 - Intro

2:38 - Show Starts

3:20 - Theme Song

3:41 - Christian is in Belgium!

6:33 - AI Preacher

16:31-News of the Good

27:30 - Women and the SBC


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53:51 - Interview Intro

55:15 - History of Juneteenth

1:04:38 - The Resistance of White Southerners

1:15:11 - Juneteenth’s connections with Christian Theology

1:25:53 - End Credits

Links mentioned in news segment:

Can a chatbot preach a good sermon? Hundreds attend church service generated by ChatGPT to find out

The Myth That Binds The Southern Baptist Convention

The irony of Rick Warren being the main character in the fight for women pastors

John Stott’s differences between fundamentalism and evangelicals

Other resources:

Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom | A Documentary from @ourdailybread Voices Collection

The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth by Beth Allison Barr

Evangelical Truth: A Personal Plea For Unity And Faithfulness by John Stott

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I enjoy your comments, celeste, and agree with much of what said. There is a lot we could learn from you and others who identify as both LGBTQ and Christians who love the bible and strive to live their lives as a reflection of its teachings. There have been many other similar thoughts written by other LGBTQ commenters on here over the past few months. I'd love to hear the Holy post address them directly at some point.

Jun 26, 2023
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Thank you so much for the encouragement, Kendra!

I also hope that the HP creators choose to engage with those like me. So often, they espouse the value of listening and of good-faith dialogue across "both sides." I would love to see them model that in regards to LGBTQIA+ issues.

For now, I'll continue to try to offer my thoughts here (when relevant) to those interested in hearing or discussing them.



Jun 22, 2023

Good conversation this week!

AI Sermons

I liked your take on AI! Human pastors can actually care for a congregation in a way that an AI bot never will. Perhaps the fact that an AI bot can produce a real-ish sounding sermon tells us more about how formulaic some sermons have gotten (opening, three points, gospel message, closing), rather than just being a pastor trying to encourage and teach people in ways that are relevant and necessary that Sunday.

I wouldn't have minded someone bringing up "the rocks will cry out." (Luke 19:40) This is especially funny since the primary material in computer chips is silicon, which is the second most plentiful element in the earth's crust, i.e., rocks. Probably…

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