Saturday, May 29, 2010

CNN : Unplugged Christians Living off the Grid

I like the title of the CNN Article, but not necessarily endorsing the methods and message of this movement in Western U.S.

This article is about Christians who are taking more of a Amish approach to life, separating one's self from the corruption of the world.

It seems every so often, Christians feel a need to distance themselves from the world around them. Desert Fathers, Monastic Traditions, Amish, etc..... This seems like a modern version of these traditions.

As I sympathize with their approach, I am not sure this is what Christ called us to do. Christ came to change the world, to engage it and rescue humanity. And He called the church to follow that path as well. Distancing one's self from society just does not mesh with Christ's Great Commission.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

CT Article: Adamant on Adam

Dr. Bruce Waltke and Tremper Longman III are 2 Old Testament Scholars I have a lot of respect for, and have found helpful in my exegetical research.

Both of them have found themselves in hot water over their views on Genesis. Dr. Waltke lost his teaching position at RTS Orlando, but was offered a new position immediately at another seminary. This did not effect his relationship with Regent College, my alma mater, and I am happy to hear that.

I took Dr. Waltke for classes and can tell you he is a very devout Christian and a top top scholar. I am very thankful for his influence.

Click here to read the CT Article.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CT Article on Bible Reading

Click Here to read the Christianity Today Article.

One of the greatest problem the church faces in the 21st Century is the trend in society and the church of not being familiar with the Word of God. The Bible.

Many recent surveys are revealing that more and more people have no clue how the 66 books fit together. Basic Biblical References as well as being able to name all 4 gospels is increasingly difficult for most people.

Anyhow, 2 groups, BibleMesh and BibleFresh are trying to reverse that trend both in North America and Great Britain. Tim Keller is involved in the BibleMesh project, I hope it makes a significant difference.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sermon Text: Genesis 39

Now that we have begun the final section of Genesis, we will follow Joseph through the ups and downs of his life in Egypt. It ends in a similar way that Genesis 37, with little hope of the future.

Plan to join us as we continue the "Joseph & Judah" story this coming Sunday.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

CT Article on "LOST"

So along with many other folks across the world, our family will be watching the finale of "LOST".

I have been interested to observe how many people, particularly Christians, who enjoy the show. Certainly there are biblical references, but I think it is more than that when it comes to the fascination with the show.

I found this article on CT that I think explains the connection between Christianity and the world of "LOST". It mentions the C.S. work, "The Great Divorce". Good stuff.

When you get a chance, read it through, interesting read.

CT Article on "LOST"

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sermon Text: Genesis 37

This Sunday we begin a new section in Genesis.

It is often referred to as the "Joseph Story" as he is certainly the main character of Genesis 37-50. However, he is not the only son of Jacob to be featured in this section.

In fact I would argue it is very much like other stories in Genesis featuring brothers => Cain & Abel, Jacob & Esau, Joseph & ??????. If you want to know whom I am talking about, join us this Sunday!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sermon Text: Genesis 35

We are wrapping up our time focused on Jacob. It has been a wild ride, and Genesis 35 is very much a wrap up of Jacob's Journeys and Adventures.

Please join us this coming Lord's Day.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Sermon Text: Genesis 32-33

"The Reunion of Jacob and Esau," by Italian painter Francesco Hayez, 1844 (Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo, Brescia, Italy)

One of the many events I have been anticipating in Genesis and looking forward to preaching is the reconciliation of Jacob and Esau. Very important and significant. Please plan to join us this coming Sunday.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Sermon Text: Genesis 30

Plan to join us this Sunday as we look at the many many births of Jacob, and the very beginning of his journey home after 20+ years in exile.