Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
This week I will be talking about salvation---and what that looks like in the letter of Romans. Sometimes we have a false idea of salvation, especially when we look at others. We think that if we just pull ourselves up by our boot straps and go out and Git'r'done then we will be saved. Who really is the Lord of salvation? If we have the ability to Git'r'done, by an act of our will ----- then who is the author of salvation?
Thursday, October 15, 2009
This weekend I am going to be an assistant spiritual director at a Walk to Emmaus. If any of you have hone on the spiritual retreat called Walk to Emmaus I would love for you to comment so that others can know about it. It is a phenomenal retreat where a person can get away from the normalcy of life and experience God in a new and profound way. The problem is, that the closest community gathering is about 1.25 hours away from Roxboro. That is why there are only 4 folks at Warren's Grove that have gone on the retreat. I look forward to the day when there will be a closer one that we can participate in. I will be back in time for the big weekend. We are having homecoming this weekend and Ryan Quanstrom and Edgar Ellis are both preaching. See you all then.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
I like to hang out and study at the library. I thought I would share with you all that information. Just in case you are ever looking for me and you can't seem to find me ----- I have made it my custom to study all of my school work at the library. The two places I like to hang-out are either Bostock Library or the Divinity School Library (specifically in the Holy of Holies [also known as the reference room]).
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The passage that I am going to be preaching from this coming Sunday is Romans 5.12-21. The hardest hitting and far reaching verse of the passage is verse 18 that says: "Therefore just as one man's [Adam] trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's [Jesus] act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all." This verse shows the sin of Adam's disobedience to God, in the garden of Eden, while at the same time showing Jesus' cosmic changing righteous action in laying down his life for humanity. One of the first questions that I think of when I read a passage like this is ----- so many people say that Adam and Eve are just a myth, if that is the case then is sin a myth?, and then if that is the case was Christ's death in vain? This is a disturbing question ---- but the Apostle Paul is the one who brings Adam into the equation. I have a certain place I have staked a claim, but I would like to hear what you all think. Comment below.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Romans 5.8 says: "But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us." And then in verse 10 it says: "For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life." We were enemies of God---and God died for us. What a paradox. And that is God's radical grace.