Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The Evangeliad (28:45-47)

Section 28:45-47 (corresponding to Mark 10:19-20; Matt. 19:18-20)

"But which ones do you mean?" the man then pressed,
"Which of the commandments would you suggest?"
"You know them already," Jesus replied,
"Those rules which God gave as a way of life--

Commit no murder, nor adultery,
Neither steal nor give false testimony,
Love your neighbor, don't defraud another,
And honor your father and your mother."

"But I've kept all these," said the rich young man,
"Kept each from my youth, the best that I can.
I want the kingdom-life; what do I lack?
I'm still missing something--what holds me back?"

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Photo of the Week

Be at rest, be at rest once more
O my soul, for the Lord has been good
Be at rest, be at rest once more
O my soul, o my soul
Be at rest once more
For the Lord has been good to you.

- from a song by Steve Green

Monday, February 26, 2024

Quote of the Week

"There are two things we cannot do alone. 
One is to be married and the other is to be a Christian."

- Paul Tournier

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The Evangeliad (28:42-44)

Section 28:42-44 (corresponding to Mark 10:17-19)

As Jesus continued to walk along,
A rich young ruler ran out of the throng,
Came up to Jesus and fell on his knees,
And with the crowd watching, ventured to speak:

"Tell me, good teacher, because I must know--
For eternal life, where should I go?
What must I do, and how should I live,
To gain that prize above every gift?"

At this Jesus smiled, and made his reply
By noting what the man's words would imply--
Asking him for God's ultimate gift,
With Christ as the guide to render him this.

"Now why do you call me good?" Jesus said,
"For no one is good but God, my friend.
And as for eternal life, don't you know?--
The commandments' way is how you should go."

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Photo of the Week

Come, let us search our ways and try;
Have they been just and right?
Is the great rule of equity
Our practice and delight?
Then may we raise our modest pray'r
To God, the just and kind;
May humbly cast on him our care,
And hope his grace to find.

- from a hymn by Isaac Watts

Monday, February 19, 2024

Quote of the Week

"The most holy and necessary practice in our spiritual life is the presence of God. That means finding constant pleasure in His divine company, speaking humbly and lovingly with him in all seasons, at every moment, without limiting the conversation in any way."

- Brother Lawrence

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Church History: The Challenge of the Present Moment

Lecture Notes Outline

-        Challenges in “Post-Christian” Societies

o   Christianity amid the World Wars

-  Dietrich Bonhoeffer & Corrie ten Boom

o   Declines in church attendance in Europe & North America

-  A new wave of apologists: G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer

o   Evangelism in a post-Christian context

-  Billy Graham crusades & friendship evangelism

o   Christian Rights and Non-Christian Ideologies

-  Martin Luther King, Jr., and the civil rights movement

o   The Cold War & the Christian resurgence in eastern Europe

o   Assessing the present moment through a historical lens

-        Historical Turning Points in the Present Moment

o   Major milestones in Bible translation and unreached people groups

o   Flourishing of “kingdom movements” around the world

o   Growth of Christianity in Muslim-majority areas

o   Widespread persecution

o   Christianity in China

o   Christianity in America