Philippians 2 has been discussed, dissected, contemplated over and, most of all, rejoiced in by the Church from the moment Paul penned it. What makes this portion of Scripture so central to the Church is how it reveals the humility of Christ as He set aside the glory He shared with the Father (John 17:5) and Spirit to come to earth as a human for the redemption of humanity. But that’s not the ...
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Sorry I didn’t post my schedule last week. My Sunday and most of Monday was spent loving, encouraging and mourning with our staff and the Murrey family and then I did a round of chemo so there wasn’t a lot of time to write. Here is what this week looks like:
I hear no sound except the amplified agony of my own anxious soul. The contrast between my internal condition and external environment could not be more pronounced: I am drenched in sweat, my heart pounding in terrifying angst. My bedroom is dark, still and cold. I lay in bed restless, apprehensive and fearful.
This past weekend I started a new sermon series titled “Village Identity.” The series will take us deep into the fall, and the first part of the series focuses on the mission of God and of our church. It’s an important series in life of our church, so please be faithful in your attendance in the coming weeks.
Thanks so much for your faithfulness to pray for us last week. It was good to get back into a routine and to be with the staff and people of The Village. I felt rested and grateful. This week is a bit different. I’m traveling to Albuquerque, NM, for Lifeway’s National Collegiate Week so part of my week will be spent there.
In thinking about Islam as we did last week, questions arise regarding the Crusades. Weren't the Crusades simply an example of Christian imperialism, a more modern conquest of Canaan? If so, does this not negate Christianity itself?
Sabbaticals are a great reset button. I am grateful for our Elders and their care for my family and me. Over the last month, I found myself often thinking about all that God has done at The Village and beyond. The weight of what the Spirit has invited us into is well beyond the abilities and energies that we posses.
In recommending resources on Islam, it is important to bear in mind how we begun. Your greatest need in evangelism is the evangel, the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ponder Christ. Pray for the power of the Spirit.