Monthly Archives: December 2008

Sunday Morning 12/28/08

Here is the link for the morning message from Sunday.  The text is Romans 9-10.

I am working with some new equipment purchased with gifts given to me this Christmas season so there is a different sound to this week’s message.  There is a bit of a hum and I am going to work this week on correcting that for the future.  I hope and pray that you enjoy the message.

Here is the outline as it appeared in the bulletin for those who want to follow along.

God’s Plan for God’s People

Sermon Notes for 12/28/08 (Romans 9-10)

  1. Paul’s love for Israel – Romans 9:1-3 (Ex. 32:31-32)

  2. God’s plan has never changed and it never will

    1. Who are God’s children? – v. 8

    2. Is God fair?

    3. Who has God chosen? (Gen. 35:11; Ps. 46:10; 47:9; Is. 52:10; Is. 55; Micah 4:2; Rev. 5:9-10)

    4. The Just will live by faith – Rom 8:30-33; Rom. 1:17; Hab. 2:4

  3. There is only one way – ________________________

    1. Man would prefer to make his own way – Rom. 10:1-5

    2. God’s way is not the same – v. 6-13

  4. We must go and tell – v. 14-21 (Matthew 28:19-20)

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Pictures of the Kids

Have to get some pictures put up for the grandparents and any others who might be interested.
Here are the boys playing in Jonathan’s room.

Here is AllieRose pretending to be a bride. If you look closely, you can see her “bridal bouquet under the yellow.

This is the kids in front of the Christmas tree.

I took this picture Sunday afternoon at church.

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Sunday morning 12/21/08

Click here for the morning message from Sunday 12/21/08

I have posted just the message part of the program.  I may try to post some of the special music if possible or some of the kids speaking parts.  I recorded the entire service and will see what I can do with the other parts of it later this week.  Also, I have a picture that I took Sunday morning from the north side of the church of part of the ring around the sun in the cold of the afternoon.  It was quite beautiful.

sunday-morning-halo

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Postmodernism and Reading Comprehension

Update: I uploaded the .doc file of the research paper on postmodernism and added a link to the research paper in the post below if anyone actually wants to read it.  It was a lot of fun to do.

Well, I have finished school  for another term and I enjoyed these last two classes a lot.  I have found it funny that as I have grown older and hopefully wiser as well, I am less prone to engage in arguing points that either A) don’t hold my interest or B) don’t seem to matter a whole lot when you get right down to it.  This doesn’t mean that I don’t argue at all.  On the contrary, if the right topic is broached I get very animated and passionate to rise to the defense.  One of those things is my faith.  As you can tell from a perusal of this site, I take my faith quite seriously.

One of the things that I dealt with during my recent classes was the question of postmodern thinking (or lack thereof) and how it impacts how we do theology and communicate about God.  I decided to devote my research paper to that end as well, since it caught my interest.  The upshot of course is that I find myself confronted with examples of the clash between the two everywhere I look now.  Within the past couple of weeks there was the story about the Newsweek cover story about the Bible and homosexuality.  Not to mention the blurb about Bush’s statement that the Bible is “probably not” literally true.  Granted we are talking about the media quoting someone in the latter case so I take it with a grain of salt.  Even I have been misquoted in a newspaper article with no malice intended.  Sometimes those folks just don’t get it completely right.

The point of this is the encroachment of postmodernism on our everyday life and thought.  In the case of the Newsweek writer, postmodernism is in full swing:

The piece calls California’s passage of a ban on same-sex marriage “full-scale war, with religious-rhetoric slinging to match” and claims the Bible and Jesus never “explicitly defines marriage as between a man and a woman.” Furthermore, it states, “Jesus never mentions homosexuality, but he roundly condemns divorce.”

Since the writer mentions Jesus’ condemnation of divorce, I would gather that she had at least looked at or heard about Matthew 19.  That is where the condemnation bit comes from.  But apparently in reading the passage, she was completely unable to grasp the meaning of verses 4-6:

4“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”(emphasis mine)

Doesn’t this explicitly define marriage as male and female?  It would if you read it and understand it as plain language.

She also says that the Bible doesn’t really condemn homosexual behavior, “Miller describes the Bible’s condemnation of homosexual sex in Leviticus as ‘throwaway lines in a peculiar text given over to codes for living in the ancient Jewish world’ …”  Which leads me to believe that she didn’t catch Paul’s mention of homosexual behavior in Romans 1.  Homosexual behavior isn’t the only sin that Paul condems there.  In fact, he makes a point of including it in the same category with all sin.  Very simply, it is rebellion against God.  Frankly, this is postmodernism at its worst.  Words mean things.  They don’t just mean whatever you decide to make them mean either.  Blue is not brown and black is not white.  You can’t make something right when it is wrong just by saying it loudly or long enough.

The whole thing inspired a column by Joe Kovacs (who has written a book that I really want to get if anyone out there is still shopping for a present for me).  The column is entitled Bible Morons and it is quite good.

But this brings me back to my original thought.  While I am convinced that it is important to at least tell these clueless nimrods who can’t read plain English the truth; I am also convinced that they are so completely submerged in postmodern relativism and confusion that they won’t get it anyway.  So many of them just seem to be on the other side of the “looking glass”.  They see things completely backward and cannot fathom that it might be any other way.

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Morning Sermon from 12/14/2008

Here is the link for the morning sermon from Sunday.

We had a blizzard warning in full effect on Sunday so there weren’t a lot of folks there, but we had a great time.  For those who couldn’t make it, enjoy the sermon.  The Scripture text for the message is Romans 8:18-39.

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School’s Out for now

Just turned in my last assignment for the winter term. I am done until January 12 now. I have decided to take 12 hours this spring, so I am going to enjoy the month long break as much as possible. Everything else is going good here. We are preparing to batten down the hatches for the weekend. We have a blizzard warning starting tomorrow night and at least 6 inches of snow is predicted for our area. We are also supposed to have subzero highs for Sunday and Monday as well. This is the trade off we gladly accept for not dealing with a long hot and humid summer. I for one like the snow. I have lots of sympathy for those who are made miserable having to deal with the mess, but it dosen’t dampen my enthusiasm for the snow to fall and stick around all winter. I will get pictures up of the before and after the blizzard for those who want to see.

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Two more days

I have two more days of classwork yet to complete and then I am planning on making several posts that I have been wanting to complete.  Look for a bunch of posts starting on Saturday or Sunday coming up.  In the meantime, I turned on the WordPress snow feature since it is snowing here as well.  If you want to take a couple of minutes or more, you can check out the website I started for the church.  Follow the link and listen to a sermon if you want.  It is still a trial project to allow some of our church folks to catch the service when they can’t be there in person.  Personally, I am still a little surprised at the fact that someone wanted to hear me preach that bad (other than my parents perhaps).

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Morning Sermon from 12/7/2008

Morning Sermon for 12/7/2008

Here is the morning sermon for today.  I started the recording during the offering and left some of the music from that on here.  To my knowledge it isn’t under copyright any longer, if I am wrong and someone has a problem with it I will edit it out.  Otherwise, enjoy the service.  Text is from Romans 7:1-8:17.  I am going to try pasting the notes from the bulletin insert in the post here as well for any who might want it.  Blessings to you and have a great week.

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Morning Sermon from 11-30-08

Click here for the Morning Sermon for 11-30-08

I have finished editing the file for this mornings sermon.  We had a couple of audio issues, so I had to edit out a particularly bad feedback from the wireless mic.  Also, we had a wonderful morning since my youngest child came forward at the end of the invitation to announce her decision to follow Christ.  I left the audio of that moment on the end for those who would like to hear that.  You won’t hear her voice because she didn’t speak into the mic, but it was a precious moment to be sure.  May the Lord bless you this week.

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