THIS SUNDAY, 9/10
Choir: Jesus Loves Me
Preacher: Jason (Pastor Umar will share a brief testimony; see below)
THIS SUNDAY, SEPT 10th – PASTOR UMAR MULINDE SPEAKS AT BHBC!
Brief testimony in both AM services. Then, return at 5pm and hear Pastor Umar share his full testimony.
Umar Mulinde grew up in Muslim-dominated Uganda. After professing his faith in Christ he was attacked on Dec. 24, 2011. The attackers poured acid on his head and face. Multiple surgeries followed. But the terrifying attack did not affect Umar’s passion for telling the world about Jesus Christ. Pastor Umar will be our guest on Sunday, Sep. 10th. Click here to read more about Pastor Umar’s harrowing experience. WARNING: photos of his injury on his “about” page are graphic.
THE NASHVILLE STATEMENT
Beneath the surface of all ecological-upheaval-related news i.e. hurricanes & wildfires, this story is making headlines. The Nashville Statement was written by CBMW – The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. The Nashville Statement is a strong, biblical response to the neo-biblical teaching regarding LGBTQ and the sexual revolution spreading throughout our nation and, sadly, endorsed by many liberal churches. The Statement, signed by 187 Christian leaders representing numerous denominations and vocations, is for the purpose of endorsing what the Bible clearly teaches in light of many working so hard to rewrite scripture to suit their own political arguments.
As you can imagine, the Statement has ignited a reaction that’s been quick and brutal, filled with acrimony and anger, and vilifying the Statement not only as hate-speech but downright evil. Addressing a topic this explosive, knowing full well the response that is coming, falls under the category of Paul’s statement to the Galatians: “Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?”
Significantly, all opposition to the Statement is void of argument from scripture; but rather glosses over the Bible’s clear teaching. Instead, opposition has been comprised primarily of (1) Jesus’ command to love one another – the Statement never once minimizes Jesus’ love, but emphasizes it, (2) horrible timing of the publication due to the current national attention on Hurricane Harvey, wildfires, and Hurricane Irma – but, on a topic this divisive and incendiary, any time of publication would have been, in the public’s opinion, the wrong time, and (3) political posturing since some of the signers of the Statement have publicly supported President Trump. Again, there is no argument from scripture – the final authority for biblical morality.
Personally, I’ve read the Statement, and I agree with every part of it. This stand makes me neither popular nor respected in some circles. But, I have tried (on more than one occasion) to make homosexuality work biblically. I simply cannot make it work. And neither can anyone else who researches the Bible honestly and without bias. Years ago I wrote a blog entitled, A Theology of Sexuality, addressing the Bible & homosexuality. I will try and remember to include a link in next week’s Music Notes.
I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that many of us have loved ones who identify as LGBTQ. I say us because this includes me; I have a very close family member who is gay. I embrace them every time I see them – and I see them a lot. Had one of my children told me and Michelle they were gay we would have loved them just as much as any other of our children. No one is saying this issue is easily addressed. No one is saying it’s not divisive. What the signers of the Nashville Statement are saying, simply, is that the Bible is clear on this matter. That’s all. Not once does the Statement endorse hate, insults, or shame. It’s simply a group of leaders who had the courage to take a biblical stand on this issue. I stand with them.
FALL CHOIR REHEARSAL
Wow! We had a fantastic crowd last Wed. evening! Please join me again this week as we begin work on upcoming octavos and continue working through our Christmas musical, “Joy! Unspeakable joy!”
As a person of faith it may surprise some that i am also a person a reason. I have no interest in blind faith.
And neither does God.
It’s no accident that God prompted the disciple, and eye-witness of Jesus, Peter, to write the following to Christians:
“Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope you have, yet do it with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15; emphasis mine)
We had over 100 attend The Case for Christ class last week. In addition, the video of the class has, as of this publication, been viewed 1.4 thousand times. Make no mistake: my teaching is nothing special (I am fully aware of this.) Instead, what this tells us is there is great interest in the topic of Christian Apologetics which (1) gives us the tools to intelligently dialogue (offer “a logical defense”) with those who hold opposing worldviews, and (2) strengthens our own personal faith.
The video of Session 1 can be viewed on the Facebook page of both Bacon Heights & my personal page.
This week’s session: “Is there any historical evidence (outside 0f the Bible) that tells us Jesus ever existed?” And, “How can I know I can trust the New Testament? Is it historically reliable, or, as skeptics and atheists assert, a product of legend and corruption?”
QUOTE(s) of the WEEK
“So many are looking for special revelation from God while it sits on their shelves gathering dust.” Burk Parsons
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
GRACE NOTES: God’s Love > (greater than) Our Worst Sin
Yet another powerful lesson from Luke, chapter 15. “…but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more.” (Rom. 5:20) Read the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick