Ok, well don't do issues directly, but deal with them somehow, through stories, parables, painting, music - anything - but deal with them. I loved Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror, the best sermon I have heard for years and years.
What's the problem with speaking out when there is so much to say? Making this podcast on the horror of Baby P it seems to me that the Christian Church has a lot to say about child abuse. In fact Jesus was utterly hard line. No soft talk of forgiveness and new start - he said if anyone causes little ones harm it is better they had a millstone put round their neck and thrown into the sea. Fighting talk for a man of peace. So has anyone said that from a pulpit recently? Not in my hearing. Of course - issues. Oh well, back to the box.