Session 5

Social Issues

There are a ton of hot-button issues these days, and as Christians, we can’t just avoid them. We have to be the feet, and hands of Christ. For this session, we dive into a few issues and ideas that might be difficult to discuss at church and provide some ideas and tips to help navigate them.


Session Video Lectures



Creation Care

Suggested Resources

Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action by Dr. Matthew Sleeth and Dr. Joel Hunter (Book)

Cultivating Neighborhood: Identifying Best Practices for Launching a Christ-Centered Community Garden by Bryan K. Langlands and William Willimon (Book)

Go Green, Save Green: A Simple Guide to Saving Time, Money and God’s Green Earth by Nancy Sleeth (Book)

Author – Norman Wirzba

Neighbor Care

Suggested Resources

My Two Blankets by Irene Kobald and Freya Blackwood (Book)

Sea Prayer by Khalid Hosseini (Book)

Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin (Book)

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo (Book)

Sara Clarke Turpin


Rev. Sara Clarke Turpin is Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Buechel Park Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, where she has served since 2013. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from BSK: Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, along with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown College with majors in Religion and Business Administration: Management and minors in Church Music and Psychology. She has been both a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) Scholar and Fellow and served on the CBF Kentucky Coordinating Council and Execitive Committee. Before coming to Buechel Park, Sara served as the Youth Minister at Melbourne Heights Baptist Church in Louisville for four years.

Andrew Noe


Andrew Noe serves at East Leonard CRC in Grand Rapids, Michigian as the Pastor of Faith Formation. He is a proud graduate of the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, is passionate about bringing creativity to ministry, and enjoys working with teenagers. He is married to the wonderful Hannah, and they have two spectacular kids – Gwen and Benjamin. His side passions are comic books, lego and video games.

Justin Sizemore


Justin Sizemore is the Minister to Youth at Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a graduate of the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and a proud Georgetown College Tiger! He has been involved in Youth Ministry as a volunteer, assistant, chaperone, and now minister for over 14 years. Youth Ministry is his passion and calling.

Justin is married to Abby Sizemore (The FABULOUS Director of Admissions for the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky!!!) and they have two wonderful daughters, Ann-Thomas and their most recent addition, Edith (Edie).

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