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Archive for October, 2007

The Willow Creek model for “doing” church has been copied by many other churches in various denominations. And it is often a temptation for pastors to cut and paste their model in their particular church setting. The following link is to a blog through Christianity Today highlighting the fact that Willow Creek has now admitted that it hasn’t done everything right. Click here to see more.

(Especially interesting are the video links in this post)

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After the service on Sunday I had the opportunity to talk with one member of the congregation. He mentioned that some of what was taught during the sermon actually went against one of the best sermons that he had ever heard. One of my main premises, as I have shown in other posts, was that we can’t fulfill God’s purposes for humanity and the world by ourselves – “it is not good that man be alone.” Thus, the image of a part of man, rib or side, being used to make woman, who is man’s suitable helper, shows that according to fulfilling purpose man was incomplete without woman – the two become one. What he had heard in the other sermon was that in marriage we approach it as two complete people in Christ. (Though often these statements reeks of American individualism, I understand what he was saying) (more…)

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This weeks sermon was on the creation of the woman in Genesis 2.  During the sermon, I wanted to make a case for God taking the side of man not just the rib.  While doing this I said that men have one less rib than women, which is actually not true, but was something I remember hearing either as a child or at some point in my life.  I didn’t do any research on the issue of if there was one less rib or not, but it is amazing sometimes where comments like that come from.  Thus, the comment didn’t have any authority, though some may take it as such.  So, for those from the congregation that read this, it seems that science points to the fact that men and women have the same amount of ribs – Sorry.

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(You should read the previous post to understand this one)

My wife asked the right question in her post for the young adults in our church, who is your (or our) Gentile that we could not fathom God would let in the church?  Instead of answering that in the group, I thought I would answer here.  (more…)

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Early Church Sociology

My wife has asked me to post some comments on the book of Ephesians, so I thought I would follow through with the request – especially since 3 ministries in our church are studying the letter. First, I want to show my appreciation for the recent work that has been done to emphasize the social milieu that the early church was living in. (more…)

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Fearing the Lord

A friend from seminary has written a very helpful series on what it means to fear God.  Click here to read more…

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This week we looked at Genesis 1:28 (the Cultural Mandate), seeking to find out why it is that man was created. And the answer from the text seems to be to make the whole earth the Garden (the Kingdom of God, the Temple, the Sanctuary, etc). That everything that we have been given: gifts, talents, resources, relationships (this one will be developed more this upcoming week) is for the expansion of God’s Kingdom over the earth. (more…)

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