THIS SUNDAY, 8/8
- Sammy finishes up his sermon series on 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 and the victory we have in Jesus Christ.
- On Sunday, 8/15, join us at 5pm in the Worship Center for a special, intentional time of prayer.
WELCOME, LUKE, KAYLA & LEVI KILMARTIN!
Luke was called by BHBC this past Sunday, 8/1, to be our new Youth Pastor. And I am thrilled! Luke will be in attendance, but only as a “guest” this Sunday, the 8th. He, Kayla & Levi will make the move from Corpus Christi the following week and officially begin on Sunday, the 15th.
- Who? All Adult Sunday School Leadership
- When? Sunday, Aug 15th; 4-5pm
- Where? Rm. 108
- What are we doing? Sharpening our shepherding & teaching skills, as well as unveiling BHBC’s Fall emphasis.
The question is not only, “Was there strong Bible teaching?”, but also, “Was there strong Bible learning?” This week’s tip: “culture”
It’s been said that a preacher should have a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other. Jesus was keenly aware of the political and societal culture in which he lived. When people asked him questions he was always prepared to give an informed response.
The axiom of biblical preaching and teaching is to, first, help the listener to understand the meaning of the text in its original cultural context i.e. how would have the original listener(s) understood it. The next step is obvious: responsibly translate the text’s truth and principles into early 21st century life.
I could offer numerous cultural topics here. But, let’s look at just two: the rapidly growing disinterest with organized religion, and CRT (Critical Race Theory).
- Why should I care about people who have no interest in God? Because Jesus did. The interview linked here is intriguing for two particular reasons. The gentleman giving the interview is an avowed atheist. Yet, the man being interviewed is not only a Christian, but also a Baptist pastor. His name is Ryan Burge. What gives Burge credibility on this topic is his profession. He is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Graduate Coordinator at Eastern Illinois University. I will tell you Burge speaks in the interview more as a professor than a pastor. But, I get this. He is trying to connect with his atheist host who, no doubt, has a primarily atheist audience. Great nuggets of insight. Click here for the link.
Critical Race Theory (CRT):
Why should I care about CRT? My answer is simple:
- Racism is repeatedly condemned in scripture and the topic is white-hot in North American culture.
- As such, it is likely the topic might arise during discussion at some point.
- Consequentely, it’s possible someone asks about CRT. And I want to make certain you are informed and equipped to dialogue intelligently about this combustible topic.
So, what does does CRT really mean? Why is it so divisive?
The original meaning of the seminal ideology is clear: CRT is reverse-racism. It’s goal is for an individual’s identity to be determined by race. Further, CRT teaches that all white people are inherently racist, whether we want to be or not. CRT is the anthesis of Martin Luther King’s famous statement from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial:
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
But, what’s happened is that the meaning of CRT now means different things to different people. And that’s where the vitriol and division is rooted.
Below are some resources that will, if you aren’t already, help give insight into this combustible current issue. Both talks are from African-American pastors. Tony Evans does an outstanding job of explaining why CRT is so divisive. And Voddie Baucham does an equally outstanding job of elucidating CRT.
Mid-week opportunities for learning & discipleship are set! Click here to see this Fall’s line-up. Meal – 5:30; classes – 6:30.
OLYMPIAN CONVICTION: A Gold Medal Attitude
Two things you cannot miss about Olympic Champion Caeleb Dressel are the Five Gold Medals around his neck from his performances in Tokyo and the mega-sized eagle tattoo on his left shoulder. It’s not surprising that NBC wouldn’t report the backstory on the eagle.
Caeleb says the tattoo was inspired by one of his favorite Bible verses, Isaiah 40:31, which says,
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”
Dressel is a committed follower of Jesus Christ. He was raised in a Christian home but grew in his faith during college at the University of Florida.
After a rough patch in his life, Dressel says, “I started swimming again and really just put all my trust in God and knowing that He’s going to take care of everything for me, good or bad.” Sometimes for a race Caeleb writes Scripture references on his face. A recent tweet is typical of his attitude: “When you avail yourself of God’s grace and power, your comeback is always greater than your setback.”
THE BIBLE: God’s revelation of Himself to us
“So many are looking for special revelation from God while it sits on their shelf gathering dust.” – Burk Parsons
Friendly reminder: Please mark your calendar for Sunday evening, October 3rd; 6pm, in our FLC. Spouses are invited. Guest speaker: Dr. Jim Hardwicke. (More about Jim in the coming weeks.)
“God’s plan A for your life is that you will go through regular periods of suffering. And there is no plan B.” (cf. 2 Timothy 2:3) – Clay Jones
“Your accumulated offenses do not surpass the multitude of God’s mercies: your wounds do not surpass the Great Physician’s skill.” – Cyril of Jerusalem, 4th century AD
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
And,… do you know anyone like this?
SOUL FOOD: The Ministry of Presence
Sometimes, it’s better to just be quiet. That’s all they need. Read the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick