NOTE: No Music Notes E-News next week (the week of July 10th)
THIS SUNDAY, July 9th
***NO CHOIR until BHBC begins mid-week activities again in late August. (Enjoy your sabbath.) 🙂
PASTOR UMAR MULINDE HERE AT BHBC – SEP 10th
Umar Mulinde grew up a Muslim in Uganda. After professing his faith in Christ – and therefore endangering his life – he was attacked by radical Muslims who poured acid on his face. Multiple surgeries followed, but Pastor Umar continues to boldly preach and share the gospel of Christ. We get to hear him in person on Sunday, Sep. 10th. Fox 34 Lubbock recently did a great story on Pastor Umar. You can view that article – and video – here.
MASSIVE CROSS WITH CROWN OF THORNS
If you happen to be driving along I-55 in central Mississippi you won’t be able to miss a new monument being erected. The cross, provided by private funds on private land, is 150 feet tall. Read the Fox News story here.
ATHEIST HARVARD LAW PROFESSOR PROFESSES FAITH IN CHRIST
Simon Greenleaf (1783-1853) was the acclaimed Royal Professor of Law at Harvard University and one of the most celebrated legal minds in American history.
A professed atheist, he told his students the resurrection of Christ was a silly fable. A few students challenged him to apply the same methods of investigation he used in law to Christ’s resurrection.
Just like former atheist, Lee Strobel, and so many others who would live after him, Greenleaf came to the following conclusion:
“ACCORDING TO THE LAWS OF LEGAL EVIDENCE USED IN COURTS OF LAW, THERE IS MORE EVIDENCE FOR THE HISTORICAL FACT OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST THAN FOR JUST ABOUT ANY OTHER EVENT IN HISTORY”
Read the story more in detail here.
CHRISTIAN BOYS vs. GODLY MEN
Having two daughters of my own who are still dating, I found this blog to be solid. If you have a daughter, read this, then make sure they read it too.
From the article: “Ladies, a man will love you great when he loves God greater.” You can view the blog here.
A MAP OF THE SOUL
This is a strong article on the debate between “materialism” (the darwinian evolutionary argument that we are nothing more than matter i.e. mere products of our physical brains, much like a robot is a product of its hardware and software) and what I’ll call here simply “beyond materialism” (the argument that we are much more than mere matter, possessing a soul and a “mind” i.e. consciousness, that transcends our material selves.) You could call this latter view “super-naturalism” since, by definition, it means: beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.
In any event, this has, for centuries, been a common debate between scientists, philosophers and theologians – and a common argument for anyone who denies the existence of God. Obviously, the Christian, believing we are not only created, but created in the image of God (Imago Dei – Latin for “Image of God”), hold to the latter argument. Here is a solid article by Michael Egnor, professor of neurological surgery at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, writing in favor of “beyond materialism.”
From the article: “Our higher brain functions defy precise mapping onto brain tissue, because they are not generated by tissue, as our lower brain functions are.”
The scholarly article is excellent. You can view it here.
Bonus: Should you have some additional free time during the week, here is another outstanding (and brief) article on this topic written by HBU professor and political activist, Nancy Pearcey, entitled: Darwin’s Robots: When Evolutionary Materialists Admit that Their Own Worldview Fails. View the article here.
SUICIDE “TEXT” LINE
I had no idea this existed until this past week. FYI – if a person will text 741741 when they are feeling depressed, suicidal, or just needing someone to talk to, a crisis counselor will text with that person. Many people – especially those who are severely depressed – do not like talking on the phone and would be more comfortable texting. It’s a free service. National Suicide Prevention main number: 800 273 8255
QUOTE(s) of the WEEK:
Regarding our Christian faith…. “In many ways your Christian life is like a tube of toothpaste. You don’t know what’s in there until you squeeze it.” Voddie (pronounced VOH-dee) Baucham
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
British Comedian, Michael McIntyre, on “the different spelling of the same names of people.” Under 3 minutes. Very funny. Very true. I laughed out loud. Enjoy.
GRACE NOTES: The Bible, the Qur’an and the Book of Mormon
I’m currently reading a wonderful work of biblical scholarship and knew you would enjoy the powerful pericope included in this brief blog. View the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick