Tuesday, October 31, 2006
The seven week DVD series is produced by a church in London that has done a fantastic job of explaining the gospel from the gospel of Mark. The church that put this together is the church John Stott is associated with.
We are excited about getting this up and running and hope it will be a helpful resource to explain what we believe, and help others better understand the Christian faith.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Many folks with a Presbyterian or Lutheran background like to remember on the last Sunday of October the famous event of October 31, 1517. The key figure is Martin Luther, the famous church father who protested the abuses of the Catholic Church in the 16th Century. If you read this article about him, you will discover why this date is so significant and why many churches remember it as Reformation Sunday and sing, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God".
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
1Cor. 4:2 In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy.
1Cor. 4:3 But to me it is a very small thing that I may be examined by you, or by any human court; in fact, I do not even examine myself.
1Cor. 4:4 For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord.
1Cor. 4:5 Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.
1Cor. 4:6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other.
1Cor. 4:7 For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
1Cor. 4:8 You are already filled, you have already become rich, you have become kings without us; and indeed, I wish that you had become kings so that we also might reign with you.
1Cor. 4:9 For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Theme: Above All Earthly Powers: The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World
Date: September 29 – October 1, 2006
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN
Speakers: David Wells, Don Carson, Tim Keller, Mark Driscoll, Voddie Baucham, and John Piper.
Check out the conference online, I have download some of the talks already and I am looking forward to listening when I get a chance.
Monday, October 23, 2006
I got to share Saturday Night about New England and Nashua and was able to expand on that during the Sunday School hour the next morning. I had a lot of folks come up to me afterwards and were very encouraging. After lunch on Sunday, I travelled to Charlotte Douglas Airport and waited for my flight back to Boston. The flight was uneventual and I got home late Sunday Night.
The featured speaker was Dr. Henry Krabbendam. A very good speaker and really challenged the church and missionaries to follow Paul's example as described in Philippians 1, "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."
Friday, October 20, 2006
There are 14 missionaries from all over. Military chaplains, overseas missionaries, local missionaries, local ministries, college outreach, church planting, etc.... A great diversity for sure. There is something wonderful about being in an atmosphere with an emphasis on missions, evangelism and outreach. Those who were gathered were either directly involved in missions or were supporting it. It was a great start to the weekend conference.
Saturday is the highlight of the conference. For supper, an authetic southern BBQ followed with a talent night. I sure do love Southern Hospitality!
Thursday, October 19, 2006
I am spending the next several days attending a missions conference at First Presbyterian Church in Stanley, NC. This PCA church has invited me to share about church planting in Northern New England as well as our efforts in Nashua, NH.
I am looking forward to sharing with folks about the needs and realities of ministry in Northern New England. I will do my best to keep up the blog while I am down here and give folks an idea of how it is going. Please pray for me at this important time that it would be fruitful and beneficial for the Kingdom.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Portsmouth Tea Company is founded by an elder in our Presbytery, Marshall Malone. From the news I am hearing, it is fabulous tea and the Company is rapidly expanding as their customer base is growing.
I am looking forward to trying some soon and I thought I would pass it on to anyone who might be interest. Enjoy!
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
This Sunday we will continue to look at chapter 3 of First Corinthians. This passage has been prone to misunderstandings for centuries. The body as a Temple, Purgatory as well as the understanding of the church have been all affected by this passage. I hope to clear up these misunderstandings and see what the passage does say about the church. It should be interesting.
1 Corinthians 3:10-17 (New American Standard Bible)
11For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
13 each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work.
14If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward.
15If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
17If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
What has gotten a lot of people talking is that religion and reason is being considered as a core course at Harvard. It is currently not offered and the reason for the change is to prepare students for the real world. I personally think the recommendations make sense. But if you read the article not everyone is pleased. What do you think?
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
I am looking forward to his visit and I think it will be eye opening for us as a congregation as we hear about his ministry to one of the most prestigious schools in the world. It is also my hope that we will be partnering with him in this endeavor through prayer and support.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Acccording to the ARDA, American Religious Data Archive, the national average of evangelical churches in 2000 is 14%. Roughly 1/7 of the population of the US attends an evangelical church. In the Bible belt, you have 25% of the population of North Carolina going to evangelical churches and 39% in Mississippi.
The states that rank below the national average are found on both coasts. For Washington, it is 10%, California is 7 percent. But the lowest percentage comes from New England, Rhode Island at just 1.5%.
New Hampshire and Massachusetts are not very far behind at 2.5% & 2.3%. New England comparied to any other region or state has the least amount of evangelical churches in the United States. Sometimes I feel like a missionary, and looking at this research I understand why. New England is very much a mission field.
A very humbling statistic.