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Living in Light of Two Ages
According to media and technology writer Douglas Rushkoff, “Our society has reoriented itself to the present moment. Everything is live, real time, and always on. It’s not a mere speeding up; however, much in our lifestyles and technologies have accelerated the rate at which we attempt to do things. It’s more of a diminishment of anything that isn’t happening right now.” Michael Horton speaks with Rushkoff about his new book, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, and discusses how his thesis applies to the world of contemporary Christianity while it emphasizes having your best life now.
Here's the audio from Ken's lecture (10/17/2014), "Augustine’s Intellectual & Spiritual Pilgrimage."
In light of the Bullitt car chase video a few weeks back, I thought this was apropos. My wife is worried I'm gonna buy a blue turtleneck and a tweed sport coat.
The Second in a Series of Sermons on the Gospel of John
In order to be a Christian one must believe in the doctrine of the Trinity and in the Deity of Jesus Christ. And it is not an accident that in the Creed we confess, “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.” All of these doctrines are addressed in the “Prologue” of John’s Gospel when John identifies Jesus as God, yet distinct from the Father, and that God created all things through Jesus Christ, who is the eternal Word (logos) made flesh.
As we continue our new series on the Gospel of John. Last week–the first in our series–we dealt with background materials regarding John’s Gospel including authorship (John wrote it!) and dating (between 80-85 AD) before we addressed the Gospel’s purpose statement in John 20:30-31–“now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
Based upon John’s purpose statement, it is evident that throughout this gospel John is answering the question “who is Jesus?” and making his case as to why his readers should believe in Jesus so as to receive life in his name. Given the likely circumstances under which this gospel was written–the chaos in Palestine after the Fall of Jerusalem–it is reasonable to conclude that John’s purpose statement is an indication that his gospel was written to equip Christians to bear witness about Jesus Christ, especially to those Jews and God-fearing Gentiles who had questions about Jesus’ identity, and who may have been wondering about the purposes of God after the Roman army captured Jerusalem and destroyed the Jewish temple in 70 AD. If people in John’s day were asking “who is Jesus,” so too are people in our own, and as we will see John’s answer to this question is just as profound in our day as it was in his.
We will begin to work our way through the first 18 verses of chapter 1, the so-called “Prologue” to John’s Gospel–a prologue is an introduction to what follows. Some speak of this prologue like a foyer (entrance) to a building because the first eighteen verses do serve as the entrance to the body of the gospel itself. Another writer speaks of the prologue as “an introduction to the history of Jesus Christ.” This too is a helpful way to look at this because John’s prologue informs us about Jesus’ true identity, so that when John opens his account of Jesus’ preaching and miracles in verse 19 of chapter 1, we already know a great deal about who Jesus is–he is the Word made flesh.
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Sunday Morning (October 19): As we continue with our current sermon series on 1 Peter, we come to 1 Peter 4:1-11. We'll be discussing the Christian's hope in the face of judgment. Our Lord's Day worship service begins at 10:30 a.m.
New Members Class (9:00 a.m.): Our Fall new members class continues with a discussion of the sacraments and church membership. Inquirers welcome!
Sunday Afternoon: We are continuing our study of the Canons of Dort, and we are currently in the 3rd/4th Head of Doctrine. We are discussing the means of grace and regeneration (article 17). Our catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday Night Bible Study (October 8): We continue our study of the Book of Romans with a rapid-fire "run through Romans." Bible Study begins at 7:30 p.m.
New Academy Series: Beginning Friday, October 17, @ 7:30 p.m. Prof. Ken Samples (pictured) will begin a six week series entitled, "If I Had Lunch with St. Augustine." Here's the synopsis for the course:
The last and greatest of the men revered as the “Church Fathers” was Augustine of Hippo or “St. Augustine” (A.D. 354-430). Though Christianity has produced many prominent thinkers during the past two millennia, Augustine may be the most influential Christian thinker of all time outside of the New Testament. His significant influence, especially on Western Christianity, is directly tied to his profound work as a theologian, philosopher, apologist, and church bishop. If you had lunch with the bishop, what would you ask him? What would you want to know about a man who was a great sinner who became a great saint?
Ken's first lecture is entitled, "Augustine’s Intellectual & Spiritual Pilgrimage."
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Hospitality & Missions
During the first half of this program, Michael Horton will speak with Reverend Tim Blackmon about the practice of hospitality in his own church context in The Netherlands. Hospitality, he argues, is the appropriate response to a proper understanding of who God is and what he has done to save and rescue us. In the second half of the program, Michael Horton talks with Christopher Wright about his book, The Mission of God.
The "Prophet" Julia and the "Apostle" Emeka in action! Love the ram's horn. By the way, don't let your kids handle hamsters! (h.t. Richard Wolfe)