NOTE: I apologize for producing no Music Notes last week. Our daughter, Kelsie, was grieving deeply due to her brother’s/our son’s suicide (the anniversary of his passing is fast approaching). Last Monday, Michelle and I dropped everything and made an urgent trip to Missouri to be with her. She’s doing better. nw
THIS SUNDAY, 4/22
Sonshiner Choir: I Want Jesus to Walk With Me
Preacher: Jason (full primary text: Mark 1:9-11 – Jesus’ baptism)
Lord’s Supper this Sunday.
Summer Choir Schedule: Wednesday rehearsals will continue through June 13th.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT – THE END OF THE WORLD IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK: APRIL 23rd
Once again, “experts” are making headlines, certain they are correct this time about the apocalypse.
Is this one correct? We’ll take a brief look at how Jesus would answer that question.
Join me Wed. evening, 4/18, as we address this latest prediction, biblically, and then launch into Revelation, chapter 10. Chapter 10, by the way, contains one of the few instances in Scripture when the writer is commanded not to record what they see and hear.
NOTE: Wed., April 25th, will be our final class for the semester. We will use that evening to review and take inventory of chapters 6-10, as well as give you a preview of what’s to come beginning in August.
THE BIBLE: GOSPEL, GUIDE or GARBAGE?
One of my passions is to, as one of our professors at HBU champions, “Teach Christians to be thinkers, and thinkers to be Christians.”
Linked for you here is a dialogue between New Testament scholar and theologian, NT Wright, and Harvard philosopher, Sean Kelly, as they discuss one of history’s most influential books – the Bible.
It’s an audio link only (no video) and is over an hour in length. Whether you listen in “small bites” or “swallow the entire dialogue whole”, please consider listening and thinking deeply about what is said.
I have in my library Wright’s 700 page classic, The Resurrection of the Son of God. It is heady, but a rewarding read.
The audio clip is just below the photo at the top of the linked page. You can access the link here. Enjoy…
THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD (Ps. 19:1)
Is life overwhelming? Do you need to be reminded how small we are, and how big God is?
Astronomy is a love of mine and I enjoy reading literature about it.
This article never mentions God or a Creator, but it reminds a believer that God’s creation is beyond our (and Hollywood’s) wildest dreams.
In addition to Black Holes, gravitational waves, and the space-time continuum, the National Geographic article mentions Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), “the compact object is more than four million times as massive as our sun,…”
When we consider the size of our universe, can we even begin to imagine its Creator. Read the article here.
This is not a “seminar”; it is a class with a hands-on environment designed to teach church safety officers the basic requirements of the job.
Who should attend? Church safety leadership; potential church safety leadership; greeters; ushers; church staff
Sat., April 28th; 8am-1pm
UnAPOLOGECTICS CONFERENCE: NOV. 17th
It would be futile for me to attempt to convey how excited I am about this event heading our way in November.
“Un-Apologetics” is a play on words meaning, in essence, “being unapologetic about Christian apologetics (defending the Christian faith).” As I’ve mentioned before, the English word “apologetics”, is derived from the Greek word –apologia – Peter uses for “logical defense” in 1 Peter 3:15.
Keynote speakers for this include Sean McDowell and Nancy Pearcey. You may have heard of Josh McDowell over the years. Sean, is his son, and a professor of apologetics at Biola University in southern California. Nancy Pearcey is an adjunct professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University and prolific author.
I will share more about this event in the Fall. I simply wanted to apprise you of the event so you can place it on your calendar. You will not want to miss this.
SPEAKING OF JOSH & SEAN McDOWELL…
Josh, a former atheist, always “brings it” in an extremely intelligent, reasonable and articulate fashion – as he does here in this FOX News article. Read the article here.
Sean offers evidence of the overwhelming reliability of the New Testament here.
QUOTE of the WEEK:
Lee Strobel was asked a question (located at the bottom of the tweet below). Note his answer. In a world full of books about the Bible, he is spot-on in his reply:
Since we missed last week, here’s a bonus. Ever been told you’re nuts, or crazy? Join the club. 🙂
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE:
Here you go, ladies.
Saw this the other day. Definitely applies to something my wife could say to me.
“You’re making me seriously reconsider believing in reincarnation. Because no man can get that stupid in just one lifetime.”
And a bonus: Lubbock Wind-Sock…
GRACE NOTES: Our “True North”: the Word of God
I posted this blog some time back. But, this past week I was reminded of it as I’ve been counseling a dear friend of mine who serves on staff at a church in Texas. The church is imploding and his (and his family’s) world is turning upside down. As I’ve gently reminded him – the only thing that can help us rediscover our “true north” in world that’s caving in on top of us is the Word of God. Read the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick