"We do not want a sermon that skirts current issues. Jesus didn't do that. At our church, we sit on the edge of our seats every week because our preachers connect the Word of God with the important news of the day and the real world we live in."Wrong!
"Current issues" and "important news of the day" and "the real world we live in" likely comes down to the obsessions of the white upper middle class on the West Side. A very circumscribed world. And Jesus, if you read the Book, was not a religious commentator on the MSM's idea of what's current, important and real.
He said nothing about homosexuality or slavery or pacifism or abortion or contraception or massive illegal immigration or the Roman occupation or sustainability or multiculturalism or government intervention in the economy or affirmative action or women's ordination or any of the other intellectual and cultural passtimes of these folks. Their Jesus is, well, their Jesus.