ADULT CHOIR REHEARSALS BEGIN AUG. 30th @ 5:30pm!
On Wed. evening, 8/30, we will spend the entire hour singing through this year’s Christmas Musical Event, “Joy! Unspeakable Joy!” Do you know someone who might enjoy singing in the Christmas musical with us? Bring’em!
FALL SEMESTER WED. BHBC EVENING MINISTRY/STUDY OPTIONS
Unless otherwise noted, all classes begin on Aug. 30th, at 6:30pm. Here are the options offered this Fall:
The Case for Christ – a study in Christian Apologetics led by Nick Watts in the Worship Center. This is a 4-week preaching/teaching series. A new series to follow will be announced soon.
GriefShare – a ministry to those who are dealing with the grief of having lost a loved one. Led by Jim & Judy Gerlt. Location: Annex 3.
Divorce Care – a ministry to those working through and rebuilding after a divorce. Led by Isaias & Sonya Martinez. Conference Room (just north of Preschool area).
Financial Peace – a video-based series featuring financial planner and author, Dave Ramsey. Led by Matt & Emily Green. Room 6 downstairs. Cost for materials: $110
Equipping/Training – New Members – Led by Mike Lewis & Jason Atchley. Room 9 downstairs.
Strength to Love – a ministry to those who’ve had loved ones make decisions that have caused pain, both, within themselves and within their family. Led by Dormye Halbrooks & Cam Johnston. Contact the church office for more information.
Women on Wednesdays (WOW) – a gathering of women to study various topics together. Bergstrom Hall.
ESL – a class to help people learn English as a second language. This one meets on Sundays at 3 pm starting September 10, in Room 129, adjacent to Bergstrom Hall.
For an overview of these classes on the BHBC web site click here.
NOTE: I do want to mention a special GriefShare offered on Tuesday evenings at 6pm at Lakeridge Chapel located at 6025 82nd (SE corner of 82nd & Iola). This ministry, beginning Aug. 22nd, and led by Jim Gerlt & Joyce Rowe, is designed specifically for those parents who have lost children.
RACISM & THE BIBLE
You’ve no doubt heard about the White Supremacists/KKK Rally in Charlottesville, Virgina, and the violence that ensued resulting in one death and many seriously injured. (Of note, every organization represented in the United States – regardless of how unpopular their views – has the constitutional right to assemble peacefully and benefit from their right to free speech. But that is a topic for a different article.)
As a youth pastor, I would periodically teach on the topic of racism. Racism (which can originate in any race toward another race) is, in my experience, taught/passed down rather than learned inherently. Like a disease (not terminal, mind you, since it can be un-learned), racism infects the right and biblical thinking of individuals. I use the adjective, biblical, since, tragically, I’ve visited with a few people over the years claiming to be Christians who are angrily racist.
Racism was rampant in the Bible as the biblical writers, for example, record the hatred Jews had for Samaritans (and vice-versa) as well as the Egyptians forcing the Hebrew people into centuries of slavery. Some erroneously accuse God of endorsing slavery since we read about slavery in the Bible, and Jesus and Paul never openly condemning slavery. That is a sorely irresponsible interpretation. Always remember: just because the Bible records something doesn’t necessarily mean the Bible approves of what is being recorded. There are numerous heinous acts recorded in Scripture. Why? Because it’s the story of God’s pursuit of fallen man – and God never sanitizes the depravity of fallen man (us).
When Jesus & Paul commanded us to “love your neighbor as your self” their clear meaning was that “neighbor” represented all humanity. Addressing the equality of every created human being, Paul writes to the Galatians, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.“ In short, racism is sin.
NYT best-selling author/historian, Eric Metaxas, one of my favorite biographers, tweeted:
Well said, Eric. nw
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE COMING OUR WAY NEXT WEEK
And the United States is the only country on earth that gets to see it!
One of my childhood aspirations was to be an astronomer. I’m still fascinated by astronomy. This brief article about the upcoming total solar eclipse (Aug 21st) is mind-numbing in regard to the power of our closest star, our sun. I read many years ago, “When you consider the power of the sun, consider the power of its awesome creator.”
LEE STROBEL SHARES A WONDERFUL (and brief) ILLUSTRATION OF GRACE
Read the short story here.
Peter Bence & “Despacito” (This guy is incredible.)
You will love this original version of the hit song, “Despacito”, by pianist, Peter Bence. Enjoy.
MORE MUSICAL BLISS – THE BEACH BOYS
I well remember seeing these guys in concert the summer of 1982 at Six Flags in Arlington. In this short clip, the audio engineer has removed the musical accompaniment to expose the vocal talents of this beloved band. Enjoy…
QUOTE(s) of the WEEK
“We don’t need to try to find our way to God using religion; rather the staggering claim of the gospel is that in Jesus, God has come to us.” Andy Bannister
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
Recently, while traveling together, Michelle and I listened to this short clip by comedian, Tim Hawkins. We were laughing so hard (because it’s so true) that I almost had to pull off the road. Enjoy.
GRACE NOTES: Christ in the Old Testament
Does Jesus wait to show up in the Bible until the gospels? Nothing could be further from the truth. Read the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick