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Every Christian Evangelism

Is Every Christian Expected to Share the Gospel? The question is not whether the church has been gifted with expert fishermen.  The question is whether each Christian is a fisher of men.  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.  Proverbs 11:30 ESV Our fruitfulness is said to be life-giving.  And the poetic parallel makes it explicit that evangelism is in view.  So, it’s wise to save souls. It’s heroic to save souls, and it’s…

The Woman Caught in Adultery: Why We Aren’t Preaching It

The Woman Caught in Adultery As we arrive at the end of John 7 in our sermon series, we find a story that, in the ESV it is set apart through [[double brackets]] and an editorial note: “The earliest manuscripts do not include 7:53-8:11”, to which there is attached a footnote: “Some manuscripts do not include 7:53-8:11; others add the passage here or after 7:36 or after 21:25 or after Luke 21:38, with variations in the text.”  This is an…

The Feast of Booths

The Feast of Booths (or Tabernacles) As we make our way through the Gospel of John, we approach chapter 7, where we’ll find our Lord in the context of a particular Jewish feast, the Feast of Tabernacles.  What is this feast?  What’s it all about? Well, it’s one of the 3 major festivals that Israelite males were expected to attend.  It comes at the time of the fruit harvest.  Grapes and olives would be in abundance.  Most of the festivals were…

Christmas first, then The Wedding!

Christmas first, then The Wedding! We are all abuzz around the Flora house with the upcoming wedding celebration of our son Kevin to his lovely bride-to-be, Meredith! We are now close enough to count down the time in hours until their exchange of marriage vows. The closer we get to the day, the more frenetic the pace seems to be as we rush around with all the last minute arrangements (well, not so much me, but many in the two…

MEAT: Christology 4

Christology, Lesson 4:  A Doggie Bag Adapted from a Christology class taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA.  The class was taught by Dr. Richard B. Gaffin III, in the spring of 1997.  The class is freely adapted from my notes for M.E.A.T.  I have not been careful to indicate quotations versus summaries of Gaffin’s content. [dropcap]As[/dropcap] we try to delimit the topic of our study, i.e., as we try to circumscribe Christology as a topic of inquiry, Dr. Gaffin…

Doctrine of Christ, 3

The Doctrine of Christ (3): The Center of Christology adapted from WTS seminary notes of Doctrine of Christ, Richard B. Gaffin (ST223, February- 1996) for M.E.A.T. In our first ‘meating’, to study the doctrine of Christ, we considered the nature, task and method of systematic theology itself.  We saw that systematic theology is about revealing the unity that is present in the text of all the scriptures as God speaks in it to particular topics. That is, Systematic Theology is a Topical Approach to the…

Doggie Bag … leftovers from M.E.A.T. (men enthusiastic about theology)

If you missed our first M.E.A.T.ing on March 3rd, here is a summary of our discussion: Remember, this is a retooling of a class I took in Seminary under Dr. Gaffin.  I am not careful in it to distinguish his work or wording from my own.   As we set out on our journey through the “Doctrine of Christ”, we thought it best to discover what we mean by “doctrine”.  Broadly, when we are talking about “doctrine”, we are doing theology…

Anatomy of an Arrogant Heart

As we read the Scriptures it becomes clear that there are only two types of hearts within man: either a proud heart or a humble heart. The proud heart does not recognize a need for God and attempts to live life without any acknowledgement of Him. In contrast, the humble heart not only recognizes the need for God, but also demonstrates that recognition by relying on Him to provide everything necessary to live life in this fallen world. James 4:10…

Announcements

Announcements Boardwalk Chapel Trip: July 20-27.  Rising 9th graders and up who are communicant members are invited to apply.  Application attached below. [ddownload id=”12921″ text=”BWC Application 2019″] [ddownload id=”12922″ text=”BWC Guidelines and Expectations 2019″] [ddownload id=”12923″ text=”BWC Support Letter Recommendations”]

Christmas Casts Out Fear

The squeaky brakes on the garbage truck outside our house earlier this morning alerted our 6-month old puppy Indiana to start barking at the inside of our front door. Although the dependable trash collectors had already gone on to others streets and houses when we finally went outside, Indy still went straightway to the trash cans and barked ferociously until I was able to convince her that the threat from the two empty containers was minimal, if not non-existent. Silly…
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