The Navigator: 6.18.2020

 

THIS SUNDAY, JULY 21

During our meeting with Pastor Lowrie this past Monday morning he offered, “Since we missed Mother’s Day due to COVID, what do you think about making this Sunday, traditionally Father’s Day, more of a ‘Parents Day?'”  My reply?  Brilliant.

Join us this Sunday as D.L. shares what the Bible says about the relationship between a child and his/her parents.

 

REMINDER:  Pastor Search Team & 2020-2021 Church Budget Vote

The deadline for Pastor Search Team nominations was this past Sunday, June 14th.

Announced this past Sunday morning in both services was a called business meeting on Sunday, June 28th, at the conclusion of both worship services to vote on the following:

1) Affirm the selections for pastor search committee, and                                                                 2) 2020-2021 budget that will run from July 1-March 31.

Both votes will be “voice votes”.

Wednesday, June 24 at 6pm – Town Hall discussion regarding budget for anyone interested.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 5th:  COMBINED SUNDAY SCHOOL & WORSHIP

All Sunday School classes will meet at 9:15.  Combined worship service at 10:45.

Classroom assignments for July 5th:  (NA indicates class is not yet meeting on campus)

Open Door – Student Center

Duncan A & B – FLC

Agape-108

Ladies’ Class – 109

Special Friends – 110

Travelers – 209

Wellspring – 210

Singles – 211

The Village – NA

Base Camp – 215

Generations – 216

Young Adult – NA

University – NA

Transitions – 219

 

COVID RELAUNCH:  Phase 3

* Sunday, July 12th – all Youth & Childrens Ministry activities resume.

 

DON’T BE DECEIVED BY THIS

The picture immediately below has been making the rounds on social media.  Its message is fallacious, religious propaganda created to plant seeds of doubt regarding the reliability of modern English translations by those who woodenly – and ignorantly – believe the KJV is the only reliable English translation of the Bible.

I have read three books by respected scholars on “how we got our English Bible.”  (If interested, you can investigate those resources here and here and here. Either would be a strategic addition to your library.)

Before reading further, please watch this brief clip by renowned New Testament scholar, Dr. Bill Mounce, for easy-to-understand insight into the historical reliability of modern English translations of the Bible:

Additionally, please watch the 3-minute video below by another renowned New Testament scholar, Dr. Dan Wallace, regarding “variances” between various translations:

Finally, consider reading the articles I have linked for you here.  They are wonderful, informative resources.  You can access the articles here and here and a lengthier, more academic article here.

So, why would I make such a big deal out of this issue?

Because, as teachers of the Bible – what we proclaim to be the sole source of Christian authority – we better be able to defend it.

The above section of this E-News is also accessible via my blog here.

 

ENCOURAGEMENT

Pastor Lowrie’s message from this past Sunday, 7/14, can be viewed here.

My Table Talk from this past Sunday, 7/14, can be viewed here.  Apparently, this one hit home with listeners as it was viewed well over 400 times in one day.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

The “quote” for this week is actually a brief visit between Pooh and his good friend, Piglet.  Enjoy…

“Piglet?” said Pooh.

“Yes Pooh?” said Piglet.

“Do you ever have days when everything feels… Not Very Okay At All? And sometimes you don’t even know why you feel Not Very Okay At All, you just know that you do.”

“Oh yes,” said Piglet. “I definitely have those days.”

“Really?” said Pooh in surprise. “I would never have thought that. You always seem so happy and like you have got everything in life all sorted out.”

Piglet replied and encouraged Pooh, “Well here’s the thing…it’s okay to feel Not Very Okay At All. It can be quite normal, in fact. And all you need to do, on those days when you feel Not Very Okay At All, is come and find me, and tell me. Don’t ever feel like you have to hide the fact you’re feeling Not Very Okay At All. Always come and tell me. Because I will always be there.”

Piglet continued, “It’s always friendlier with two.”

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

 

SOUL FOOD:  They’re Coming for Our Faith

The day is coming – perhaps in our lifetime – when what our Founding Fathers fought for in regard to Religious Freedom – will become criminal.   And we’d better be ready.  Read my blog here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick

The Navigator: 6.11.2020

LAST SUNDAY EVALUATION

From my perspective, it appeared all went smoothly this past Sunday, 6/7.  Please let me know if we need to make adjustments.

 

UPDATE:  Pastor Search Team & 2020-2021 Church Budget Vote

Our Personnel & Finance Teams have affirmed the following timeline regarding Search Team Nominations and Budget vote:

Sunday, June 14 (Enews as well as from pulpit) – Announce a special called business meeting on Sunday, June 28 that will deal with two votes:

1) Affirm the selections for pastor search committee, and                                                                 2) 2020-2021 budget that will run from July 1-March 31.

Wednesday, June 24 at 6pm – Town Hall discussion regarding budget for anyone interested.

Sunday, June 28 – Vote at the end of each worship service  We will enter business session at the end of the morning worship service on June 28th;  both votes will be a “voice vote.”

 

SUNDAY SMALL GROUP INFO:

A couple of additional small groups are moving on campus.  The full list I have presently is as follows.  Please let me know if corrections are needed.

8am – Duncan A – Student Center

9:15 – Generations – 216                                                                                                                                        9:15 – Traveler’s – 209                                                                                                                                        9:15 – Wellspring – 210                                                                                                                                             9:15 – Singles – 211                                                                                                                                                      9:15 – Basecamp – 215                                                                                                                                          9:15 – Transitions – 219                                                                                                                                             9:15 – Friends of God – FLC

10:45 – Agape – 108                                                                                                                                                    10:45 – Ladies’ Class – 109                                                                                                                                   10:45 – Duncan B – FLC                                                                                                                                       10:45 – Open Door – Student Center

Also: (in way of reminder)

1. No “meet & greet” during worship services.  (Folks will need to take care of this before and after the service at their own discretion.)
2. Every other row of chairs has been removed to help with social distancing.
3. Masks are available, but not required.
4. Offering will be collected at designated locations just outside the sanctuary. (there will be no passing of the plates)  Mike Lewis & Jon Kjosa have created a wonderful, primary drop-off location just outside the Preschool Ministry entrance in the Commons.
5. No “come to the front” during the invitation/response time immediately following the sermon.  Those needing to make decisions will be instructed where to meet a pastor after everyone is dismissed.  Additionally, ‘decision/response cards’ will be available in the pocket on the back of the chairs in the worship center.

Other:

Coffee will be available at the north Kiosk in the Commons as well as at Door 3 and will be served by leadership.

 

THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD (Ps. 19)

This past week I posted on social media reminders from science to strengthen the faith of believers.  May your faith be strengthened as well.

1)  Our vast galaxy, The Milky Way, is spinning at the incredible speed of 490,000 mph. But even at this breakneck speed, our galaxy still needs 200 million years to make one rotation. And there are over a billion other galaxies just like ours – all functioning with remarkable order and efficiency.

Note astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson‘s, words below in a book of his I read titled, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry:

“This universality of physical laws (of the cosmos) tells us that if we land on another planet with a thriving alien civilization, they will be running on the same laws that we have discovered and tested here on earth…

Science thrives not only on the universality of physical laws but also on the existence and persistence of physical constants… If you do the math, you can determine that a star’s luminosity is steeply independent on the universal law of gravity. In other words, if gravity had been slightly different in the past, then the energy output of the sun would have been far more variable than anything the biological, climatological, or geological record indicates.

Such is the uniformity of our universe.” [end quote]

To say the universe “just happened” requires more faith than to believe an intelligent Creator is behind it all. Personally, I do not have enough faith to be an atheist.

2) Praveen Sethupathy is a genetics professor at Cornell University.  He said,

“Science is necessarily agnostic with respect to anything outside of the natural realm. It neither accepts it, nor can it refute it.”

Sethupathy’s statement here begs the question, “Then why do some scientists insist that science tells us the existence of God is a ridiculous idea?” This is where scientists go off the rails of science and dip their toe into (or dive into) philosophy and theology. In other words, it is merely their personal opinion, completely unsupported by science.

It comes down to, as Mark Twain described, “confident ignorance.” If someone with enough degrees behind their name sounds bold and confident enough, those who are afraid to think for themselves will swallow whole whatever this “expert” has to say.

 

ENCOURAGEMENT

Pastor Lowrie’s sermons are no longer recorded mid-week. Beginning this Sunday, 6/14, his messages will go live on Facebook for those wishing to remain home and watch his messages online.  As always, the message will be linked to the “recent messages” page on BHBC’s web site.

In the event you missed it, you can view Dr. Lowrie’s most recent message from June 7th by clicking here.

Nick’s Table Talks – I had been strongly encouraged to continue these live, online messages.  But, honestly, I was unsure if there would still be interest as resuming Sunday morning worship necessitated my moving the talks to a different time.  Nevertheless, I went live on Sunday evening and discovered that, within a few hours, the message had been viewed over 300 times.  So, at least for now, I will continue.  Clearly, people are hungry for truth.  This past Sunday’s message was Part 1 of “When God Ran.” You can view the message here.

 

QUOTE of the WEEK

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

Universal Laws

1. If you dial a wrong number, someone always answers.

2. The probability of seeing someone you know increases dramatically when you don’t want to be seen.

3. When you try to prove to someone/mechanic/repairman that something won’t work, it will.

4. After your hands are coated with grease, your face will itch and you’ll need to use the restroom.

5. Any tool, nut, bolt or screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible location.

6. The severity of an itch is inversely proportional to one’s reach.

7. If you’re driving and need to return a text, you will hit every green light. If you’re running late, you will catch every red light.

8. If you are carrying your groceries – or stuff from work – to the car in your right arm arm, your keys will be in your right pocket. Or vice-versa.

9. If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

 

Soul Food:  Is He Worthy?  (He is.)

As I state in this week’s blog, quoting the 20th century pastor/author, A.W. Tozer, “While it looks like things are out of control, behind the scenes there is a god who hasn’t surrendered his authority.”  Read the blog here. 

View BHBC’s most recent church-wide E-News here.

Soli Deo Gloria, Nick