Saturday, May 28, 2011

May 22, 2011 | Habakkuk 1:1-2:1 - Praying From the Watchtower: When God's Answer Leaves Us Unsatisfied

Last Sunday we started a new series of sermons on the book of Habakkuk - my favorite book of the Old Testament (Jude being my favorite book in the New Testament).  Habakkuk deals with the issue of the theodicy and is written from a personal perspective.  God's answers affect Habakkuk personally and wants to know why there is do much evil and suffering in the world (who doesn't?).  The book is profound and yet at times troubling.  Will we be comforted by the God that exists, or will we comforted by our idols?  Habakkuk makes it clear that idols do not comfort, only the true God does.

We began by looking at Habakkuk 1:1-2:1 covering Habakkuk's request, God's response, and finally Habakkuk's recoil.


For more
October 18, 2009 | 1 Peter 2:21-23 - Christus Exemplar  
Stomach Virus and the Humanity of Christ:  Moore on the Suffering and Sick Servant
Theodicy as Evidence of a Theos  
Some Helpful Answers To Common Questions: DA Carson Weighs In  
Sunday Night - "The Agony of Job and the Sovereingnty of God
Weekly Recommendation - "A Grief Observed" by CS Lewis
January 2, 2011 | Matthew 8:1-17 - "Be Cleansed":  The Great Healer & His Great Gospel  
MacArthur on Matthew's Use of Isaiah 53   
Theology - The Immutability of God: Its Truth and Relevancy - Theodicy and God's Sovereignty

Thursday, May 26, 2011

This is Who We Are: What a Baptist Is and Believes - The Kingdom

There is a lot of talk today about the Kingdom of God and rightfully so.  Perhaps no other phrase is more foundational to the message and ministry of Jesus than the Kingdom of God.  Unfortunately, too many confuse what Jesus means by the Kingdom or distort it to fit their own theological, political, social, or economic prejudices.   The Baptist Faith & Message 2000 says:

The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. Particularly the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. Christians ought to pray and to labor that the Kingdom may come and God's will be done on earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age.*

The BF&M 2000 seeks to strike a balance between two extremes when discussing this issue.  Here’s the question.  Is the Kingdom of God here already or still in the future?  Are we to build the Kingdom now or await the Kingdom at the return of Christ?

Consider the biblical evidence.  Jesus speaks of the Kingdom as already present.  In Luke 16:16 Jesus notes that the law and the prophets were in effect until John came; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is proclaim.  Likewise, both John the Baptist and Jesus both began their ministries by proclaiming, Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand! (Matthew 3:2; 4:17).  Jesus is always seen building the Kingdom and His followers are portrayed as working for the Kingdom, building the Kingdom.

But the Kingdom is also portrayed as future.  In Luke 19 Jesus tells a parable about a man in a far off country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return (Luke 19:2).  The man is undoubtably Jesus Himself who will leave in order to return as King.  In fact, Luke notes that this is the very purpose of the parable.  Verse one notes that Jesus told the parable because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately.

So which is it and why does it matter?  Is the Kingdom of God present or future?  The answer has to be both and we must affirm both.  This is not a contradiction, but a paradox.  The Kingdom of God is both here and not yet and to emphasize one over the other is to fall into dangerous ground.

Liberalism has traditionally emphasized the present reality of the Kingdom and thus turn the gospel into social justice.  The gospel has nothing to do with the substitutionary work of Christ on the cross, instead the cross becomes an example for us to follow.  Thus Christianity is about humanitarian aide, not about repentance from sin.

Fundamentalist Christians, on the other hand, emphasize the future hope of the Kingdom and thus become obsessed with end times prophecy & escapism.  As a result, they refuse to see the needs around them.  The cross, then, is only about saving our souls and not about regeneration.  The gospel is about getting ourselves into heaven and oftentimes fails to change the person to meet the needs around them.

It is against these two extremes we must emphasize both the present reality and the future hope of the Kingdom.  The gospel of the Kingdom means that we have been redeemed and transformed and the work of the Christ on the cross and resurrection changes who we are now in the hopes we will be finally changed at the resurrection.  The Kingdom is both and, not either or.  The gospel is both here and now and, at the same time, future.  We are saved (past), being saved (present), and will be saved (future).  The Kingdom is the same.

Our responsibility, then, is to both build the Kingdom by calling on souls to repent trusting in the work of the gospel to change the person and to change the community, &, at the same time, we long for the day that Christ recreates this imperfect, fallen, depraved world and restores it.  Thus we must look for the work of the gospel here and at the same time long for the gospel to be completed at Christ’s return.  We long to be with Christ, but in the meantime, we have work to do.  Let us then build the Kingdom knowing that one day the King will return and we will give account for how we have been serving Him.

Thus let us pray, Your kingdom come.  Your will be done.  On earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).

*  Gen 1:1; Isa 9:6-7; Jere 23:5-6; Matt 3:2; 4:8-10,23; 12:25-28; 13:1-52; 25:31-46; 26:29; Mark 1:14-15; 9:1; Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:2; 12:31-32; 17:20-21; 23:42; John 3:3; 18:36; Acts 1:6-7; 17:22-31; Rom 5:17; 8:19; 1 Cor 15:24-28; Colo 1:13; Heb 11:10,16; 12:28; 1 Peter 2:4-10; 4:13; Rev 1:6,9; 5:10; 11:15; 21-22.

This is Who We Are:  What a Baptist Is and Believes - Introduction
This is Who We Are:  What a Baptist Is and Believes - Scripture
This is Who We Are:  What a Baptist Is and Believes - God
This is Who We Are  What a Baptist Is and Believes - God the Father
This is Who We Are:  What a Baptist Is and Believes - God the Son
This is Who We Are:  What a Baptist Is and Believes - God the Spirit
This is Who We Are:  What a Baptist Is and Believes - Man
This is Who We Are:  What a Baptist Is and Believes - Salvation
This is Who We Are:  What a Baptist Is and Believes -  God's Purpose of Grace
This is Who We Are:  What a Baptist Is and Believes - Church
This is Who We Are:  What a Baptist Is and Believes - Baptism
This is Who We Are:  What a Baptist Is and Believes - The Lord's Supper 
This is Who We Are:  What a Baptist Is and Believes - The Lord's Day  

Monday, May 23, 2011

Repost | The Utopian Myth: Avatar and Pandora Blues

In response to our discussion last night regarding the highest grossing movie of all-time Avatar (Original Theatrical Edition), I thought I would repost the following article I wrote shortly after its theatrical release.  The updated and edited version of this article is available in my book Logizomai: A Reasonable Faith in an Unreasonable World.

I have not seen Avatar. Apparently I am among the few in the world who haven't. When it is released on DVD perhaps I will take the time to watch the film. But I'm in no hurry. I have nothing against the film, the director, the actors, or anything, I just haven't gotten caught up in the Avatar praise. Millions have seen it and it has grossed more than a billion dollars. A movie with such a vast appeal should be considered carefully. Having not seen it, I can only comment on people's reactions to the movie, not the movie itself.

CNN have reported on a trend among many who have seen the film that should surprise us at first, and yet be expected. Many have left the film depressed. The depression is based, not on the films appeal or let down for most have really enjoyed the film, but because of the Utopian world director James Cameron created made up of the nature-loving alien race. The depression is not in the movie itself, but in the reality that the world so brilliantly depicted on screen may never be realized.

The depression is centered on the confusion over reality and fantasy. Those suffering from "Avatar Blues" wish that the world depicted on film was actual reality. I must confess, though having not seen the film, that I too wish for such a world. Don't we all? A world of pristine nature populated by a race of beings intelligent and living in peace with one another. Families remain unified, crime and natural disasters never enter our vocabulary, and our Utopian hopes are realized.

Man has always craved such a world. Though Pandora is the creation of writers and movie directors and producers, the ideal-world they created is not. Utopia is the dream of everyone born in this world. We all know that things are not as they should be. Crime, injustice, suffering, natural disaster, war, poverty, famine, death, destruction, hatred, violence, bigotry, lust, rape, inequality, cowardice, brokenness, betrayal, hardships, dirty politics, broken promises, loneliness, illiteracy, discontentment, depression, anxiety, and disease. This world is a mess and we wish it weren't.

Discontentment in such a broken world has led to countless attempts to bring about such an Utopia. Various kingdoms in the ancient world tried to conquer their way to Utopia. The belief in racial and national superiority (not to mention the lust for power and wealth) led many political and military leaders to conquer, pillage, and wipe out inferior nations believing that if they were in complete control, there would be peace, tranquility, and Utopia. Peace through dominance was their mantra, and it failed.

Then came philosophy and Western ideals. The rise of the Greeks and Romans with the belief that they were superior to those uneducated and uncivilized. But rather than solutions and Utopia, it brought about more death, destruction, chaos.

Then came religion. Christianity ceased being about repentance once it became the official religion of the world. Religion breeds legalism and tyranny. But Christianity was not alone. The rise of Islam (600's) and other faiths thrived on the eve and through the Middle Ages. Instead of Utopia, forced conversions and heresy trials brought about continued death, disease, and the cry for a better world. Utopia remained far off.

Then came the Enlightenment and secularism. Many saw imperfection and sought to remedy it by running from faith. Many believed that the new world of scientific investigation and breakthroughs along with medical advancement would rid the need for war over endless theological debates and bring about a Utopian world free of disease and war. Instead, we discovered that for every disease cured, a thousand replace it. As science advanced, so did the necessity to push the limits. Science, and the Darwinian worldview that replaced it, led to the practice of eugenics, population control, and racial superiority which led to more death, more violence, more disease, and more war.

Secularism also gave rise to economic theories like Marxism that promised Utopia once everyone was equal and everyone (was forced) to share their wealth. Instead of Utopia, the 20th century proved that communism breeds tyranny, death, corrupt power, and economic disaster.

In less socialistic, secular society's the failed experiment of religion was countered with a cry to break from tradition. The rise of the sexual revolution, radical feminism, and racial dominance became the new voices of Utopia. "If only we would break from old traditions and be liberated and free," the logic went, "would we have peace, love, freedom, and Utopia." The hippie's wanted Utopia and sought it in experimental drugs, alcohol, promiscuous sex, and peace rallies. Instead of Utopia, it brought about broken homes, a less free government as the result of an emboldened government, STD's, unwanted pregnancies, and the deaths of millions through abortions. Instead of Utopia we got more chaos. And now many born in such a world roam the halls of Congress.

Now we've moved on to postmodernism. Modernism failed and so we look for more Utopian promises. They too have and will fail. The cry for tolerance and the demonization of those who affirm doctrines without apology or fear promises to bring about peace and tranquility. Labeling criminals as victims and belief as bigotry has only encouraged added bigotry and crime rather than remedy it. Utopia remains far off.

No wonder people see a world so real on the screen become depressed when they watch the evening news.

The cry for an Utopian world is part of our makeup. As Christians we understand better than anyone why this is: we were once there.

The Bible begins with God who created the world in which we live, but not as we see it today. After creation, God declared the work of His hand as "very good." He day of rest was not the result of exhaustion, but of self-gratification for the glorious work of His hands. All that He had done and created was in fact "very good." A part of this creation was man who alone could enjoy the creation of God in a unique way. Man for a period of time (we do not for sure how long, but likely a very short time) enjoyed the Utopian, perfect world that God created: no crime, no natural disasters, no poverty, no inequality, no despair, no depression, no broken homes, no disease, and no death. Pandora was the handiwork of God.

And then it happened. Rather than God celebrated and worshipped as Creator, man sought to be the center of control. Out of open disobedience and rebellion, man sought to be the center of the universe by dethroning their Maker. Utopia was destroyed.

The story of the Fall (Genesis 3) helps us understand why we long for such a world. Paradise was lost and we want it back. At the same time, it also tells us why we, on our own, will never create it. First, we never created paradise in the first place. Scripture is clear, only God creates perfection. No matter how hard we try, we will never be able to duplicate the handiwork of God. The Garden of Paradise in both the beginning (Genesis 1-2) and ending (Revelation 21-22) of Scripture are the results of God's handiwork. Secondly, so long as man remains self-centered, paradise will forever remain lost. The spark that led to this chaotic world was the belief that God can be ignored and we can be worshipped. By rebelling against God, our first parents decided to live for themselves and for their own pleasures. Pride and self-centeredness created and sustains our fallen, depraved, pathetic world.

The Old Testament is a rather sad, yet familiar story. Every page reveals how man continues to seek peace and Utopia and yet fail under their own ignorance and self-centeredness. Genesis reveals how man turns to himself, seeks answers in himself, and fails miserably. The giving of the Law created a people of legalists who believed they were perfect enough, but in reality remained just as depraved. Judges and Ruth reveal the utter chaos that liberty and anarchy create. Samuel through Esther show how power and corruption inherent in politics destroy lives and any hope of Utopia. The poetic literature cry for peace and the end of injustice. The prophets warn of coming doom as the result of man's actions.

It is a pathetic story that we all know too well. We, like those of old, have sought for Utopia in the same ways as they with the same results. Politics, unchecked liberty, legalism, tyranny, war, and cries for peace have all failed. We continue to repeat the same mistakes of the past.

If the Old Testament was the story of the failure of man, the New Testament tells the story of the triumph of Christ. The Gospels tells of the triumph of the cross and how on account of His death, man finally has hope, if only they would give up their self-centeredness and repent. Acts shows the triumph of the cross-centered Church where love, real love, was central and unifying. The Epistles show us how to live such a cross-centered life. And Revelation returns us to Paradise. Paradise was lost, but it will be regained.

The central character of the Old Testament, one could argue, isn't God, but man. The central character of the New Testament isn't man, but Christ. The Old Testament is a book of man's failure in his attempt to create paradise. The New Testament is the hope of Christ triumph to bring about Paradise once again. Man failed, but Christ has triumphed.

Stories about "Avatar Blues," though at first surprising and almost laughable, shouldn't be so shocking after all. The world created by the film makers is a world we have all craved and the depression that we are so far from creating such world remains. Yet only Christianity explains why we all feel this way, and provides the answers on how a world like Pandora can be created.

Utopia will never be the product of man because of his self-centeredness and rebellion against God. A being bent on rebellion will never create peace. Paradise is solely within the creative hand of God. He must, and has, intervene. He must, and will, recreate Paradise if it is to ever become a reality. Our hope is in God and His gospel. Repentance shreds us of any self-reliance and self-centeredness. We cannot, but God does and will. Hope is not found in man, but in God alone. Will we continue the same failed cycle of turning to politics and politicians, unchecked liberty and promiscuity, legalism and tyranny, economics and science? Or will we turn to the place we refuse to go: our Creator who gave us Paradise in the first place? Only time will tell.

For more:
Psychology Today - Avatar Blues
Russell Moore - Avatar: Rambo in Reverse

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Repost | Harold Camping & the Immanent Return of Christ: Living in the End Even If We're Not

I'm sitting in my office working on tonight's Bible Study on the doctrine of the Trinity and Sunday mornings message from the first chapter of the book of Habbakkuk.  And I am asking myself why.  After all, the world is suppose to end on May 21, 2011 -- this Saturday -- according to Harold Camping and his bunch, so why am I bothering?  If I'm suppose to be raptured Saturday at 6:00 pm, then why am I working on my sermon for Sunday?  I won't be here.  Furthermore, why should I worry about Bible Study tonight?  Aren't there more important things to do?  Why study something as complicated as the Trinity just days before I escape this world which only has a few months of existence left?*

Perhaps this is why the Lord was clear that we will never know the actual date of the end of times.  In Acts 1:7 and Matthew 24:36, Jesus tells us that its not for us "to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority," for nobody "knows, not even the angels of heaven," or even Jesus Himself when He will return.  Only the Father knows and rightfully so.  The end is according to His providential plan and Sovereign will.

For those unaware or still living under a rock, a group of so-called Christians led by Family Radio founder Harold Camping are promoting the idea that the rapture will take place on May 21, 2011 and the world will end on October 21, 2011.  This is not to be confused with those convinced that the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world in December 2012 (we'll save that for next year).  Instead, this is a new prediction made at the first of this year based on a complicated equation and exegesis from camping of which he is certain.

The basics of the exegesis and equation begins with Noah's ark.  In Genesis 7:4, God tells Noah that in seven days He will cause it to rain.  Thus Noah only had seven more days to calling on people to repent and escape the coming judgment.  And the in 2 Peter 3:6-8, the author states that to God a thousand years is like a day (emphasis purposeful).  And by the end of it, according to Camping's own dating and numbers, Noah entered the ark 7,000 years ago.  Thus, the world is coming to an end.

Though this is a simplification it is the basics of Camping's argument (The full argument can be found here).  Clearly it is bogus, foolish, and horrendous exegesis (more like eisegesis).  This isn't the message of Scripture at all even if one ignores Jesus' warnings about setting dates and times of His return.  Camping is an exegetical and theological fool.

Camping isn't the first to make such predictions however.  In fact, this isn't the first time Camping has made such a prediction.  In 1994, Camping predicted the rapture would take place and the end would begin.  Obviously, that didn't happen and he defends himself by suggesting that he just got the numbers wrong.  But don't worry, this time he is certain he is correct.  Like Camping, since the first coming of Jesus, there have been many imposters claiming the end had come. The New Testament, such as in books 1 and 2 Thessalonians, show that many believers were convinced that the end had either already happened or would happen soon.

Since the first Christians, groups like the Family/Children of God, the Millerites (1843; movement became known as 7th Day Adventist), the Worldwide Church of God (1975), Jehovah Witnesses (countless predictions), and many others (not to mention books like 88 reasons Why The Rapture Will Be in 1988: The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hash-Ana) September, 11-12-13 and The Late Great Planet Earth) have made their own predictions of when Christ would return.  All of them, obviously, been proven to be false.

But what concerns me here isn't the theological nonsense of Camping but what such a prophecy means.  After all, if Jesus is coming back Saturday, what does that mean we do today?  Though I clearly reject Camping's interpretation and wild predictions, one must wonder why Scripture is clear about the mystery of Christ's immanent return.  We know that He is coming, but when remains unknown.  And this is purposeful.

First, we are called to anticipate.  The New Testament clearly commands us to prepare ourselves for His coming thus we are to be active in evangelism, discipleship, and worship.  We are called to grow in Christ, anticipate Christ, and pray for His return.  We are to be like the shortstop who with every pitch could be hit straight to them and thus he must be ready to make a play at first.  A good shortstop anticipates.  We too are to anticipate and pray for the end.  We are to look for signs, but not be obsessed with them in a manner that leads people astray.  Perhaps a certain earthquake is a sign, but we cannot know for sure.  Instead, we must anticipate.  Come Lord Jesus quickly!

Secondly, we are to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ.  Similar to the first point, we are called to always be ready.  Peter makes this clear in his second letter:

Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!  But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless -2 Peter 3:11-14

Thirdly, we are called to serve.  According to many, Martin Luther was once asked the question many of us are asking ourselves.  If you knew that the world was going to end tomorrow, what would you do today?  Luther is said to have answered, Even if I knew the world would end tomorrow, I would continue to plant my apple trees.  His point is that the task God has given us to fulfill today is not outside of His will.  In Luther's case, he was given the task of planting his apple trees.  And so, if Jesus was coming back the next day, he must be about planting his trees.  Luther would definitely say the same thing about writing his next book, finishing his next letter, or preparing for his next sermon. 

Luther's point, assuming it is originally from him, is profound.  As we anticipate with earnest (come Lord Jesus quickly!!) and prepare for His immanent return, we must realize that in the meantime God has given us a task to complete.  And so as I sit here in my office preparing for tonight's Bible study I am doing the will of God.  This is no time for laziness.  Likewise as I read endless commentaries, listen to countless sermons, and study the first chapter of Habakkuk for a sermon that may or may not ever be preached, I am firmly in the will of God, even if that sermon never gets preached.

Ignorance of the immanent return of Christ, then, does serve one clear purpose:  we have no reason for idleness.  As we anticipate the final kingdom and rule of our Savior, we are called to prepare for His coming serving Him through His gospel.  There is too much work to be done and the work He has given us does not include promoting false predictions through worthless billboards and overdecorated minivans.  The work we must do is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ building the Kingdom in obedience to its King.

So will Jesus return Saturday at 6:00?  I seriously doubt it.  But whether he returns before I finish this sentence or a million years from now, I have work to do and I must do it to the best of my ability and to the utmost of His highest.  He has me right where He wants me.  Will I do His will?

And I will see many of you Sunday!

*The belief is that in October the world will finally come to an end.

NPR - Believers Sound The Alarm: Judgment Day Is May 21 
Albert Mohler - The End is Near? The False Teaching of Harold Camping

For more:
Blogizomai - The Dark Reality of Secular Eschatology:   Saving the Planet With One Child At a Time 
Blogizomai - Secular Eschatology  
Theology - A New Kind of Christianity . . . Indeed:  Future Question - Part 8 
GBC - The Early Church Fathers on the Rapture:  Some Quotes 
GBC - Final Week of Jesus: Olivet Discourse Part 1 - Matthew 21 
GBC - Weekly Recommendation - The Second Coming by John MacArthur 
GBC - Billy Graham and Eschatology
GBC - March 15, 2009: A Survey of Revelation - Part 2
GBC - Weekly Recommendation - The Theology of the Book of Revelation 
GBC - March 15, 2009: A Survey of Revelation - Part 2

The End is Saturday: An Explanation

For those who have heard on the news and on the Internet that the world will end on May 21, 2011, here is a video explaining it all.  This is bogus and ought to be called as much.  However, for fun, I'm watching the left behind movie Saturday.

HT:  Breitbart TV  

Here is more:

And just to let you know, the world ain't ending Saturday and I'll see ya on Sunday.

This is the sort of nonsense started by the Millerites and the Russellites (Jehovah Witnesses) of over a hundred years ago.  This sort of stuff has been throughout history and will not stop.  Yes we should be prepared for Christ's return, but we ought not to predict when He is coming.

For more:
The Early Church Fathers on the Rapture:  Some Quotes 
Final Week of Jesus: Olivet Discourse Part 1 - Matthew 21 
Weekly Recommendation - The Second Coming by John MacArthur 
Billy Graham and Eschatology
March 15, 2009: A Survey of Revelation - Part 2
Weekly Recommendation - The Theology of the Book of Revelation 
March 15, 2009: A Survey of Revelation - Part 2

Driscoll on Trinitarian Heresies and Living the Trinitarian Life

I though the following video from a sermon delivered by Mark Driscoll was helpful in understanding what the Trinity is not.  Today we will be discussing this important topic.  Driscoll spends a lot of time criticizing the book The Shack by William Paul Young.  Though a little unnecessary, he is able to draw out some contemporary examples as to why understanding Trinitarian heresies remains important.

Also consider the following regarding the practicality of the doctrine of the Trinity:

For more:
DeYoung on the Trinity  
MacArthur on the Comfort of the Spirit 
The Nicene Creed 
November 20, 2010 - God is Triune:  God the Father
November 28, 2010 - God is Triune:  God the Spirit
This is Who We Are  What a Baptist Is and Believes - God the Father
This is Who We Are:  What a Baptist Is and Believes - God the Son  
This is Who We Are:  What a Baptist Is and Believes - God the Spirit 
Shai Linne:  Triune Praise 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May 8, 2011 | Proverbs 31 - The Virtuous Woman

Here is Sunday's Mother's Day message taken from Proverbs 31 - a pretty standard Mother's Day text and rightfully so.  I strongly encourage the women of our church to return constantly to this text regularly and seek to model this model woman.  The responsibilities and roles of women cannot be overlooked or ignored.  We need more women like this.

I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day!


For more:
May 9, 2010 - Manly God for Godly Men:  A Word to Men on Mother's Day 
God is Not a Dude:  Rob Bell and the "She" Video
The Maternal Nature of God: Jim Wallis and the Emergent Worldview 

May 1, 2011 | Romans 7:14-8:4: Spiritual Schizophrenia: Redemption From the Law & Freedom in Christ

I know I'm a week late, but here is the message from May 1 continuing the conversation we started on Resurrection Sunday.  The recording cut off at the end so it is missing the conclusion.


For more:
April 24, 2011 | Romans 6:1-14 - Three Wooden Powerlines:  Why the Cross & Resurrection Transacts & Transforms (Easter 2011)  

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May 2011 Newsletter Available

Here is the link for the May 2011 newsletter for those who failed to pick one up this past Sunday.  It is free to download and as always, there will be a permanent link to the left where one can download the newsletter all month.

May 2011 Newsletter