May 29th, 2014
Summer is here and everyone is dashing about. Some of us will escape the city to find a favorite a watering hole. Others will wander into our midst wondering what we’re about. All this coming and going asks for something short and sweet to take with us along our meandering and merry way. So here’s several items for your beach-reading or for wherever you find yourself this summer–and also for when you’re here.
The repeated dustups Jesus stirred up over the Sabbath centered on practicalities that He argued were obscuring the overarching premises and purposes of the prescribed day of rest. While we’re always in danger of falling into that same pragmatic trap, the invitation to a life with Sabbath rhythms always begs for practical input. We sought to recover the essence of Sabbath in last Sunday’s sermon, and to suggest a few practical principles. Here’s a short article on both the wisdom underlying the exercise of Sabbath rhythms and how they take shape in concrete terms.
The need for wisdom is one reason the 5th commandment enjoins honor of parents. We’ll explore what that honor means and why it’s prescribed. We’ll also listen to Jesus’ re-affirmation of the commandment, as well as His sharp words restoring the commandment to its context so easily lost in parent-child relationships. Read Exodus 20:12, but then also Matthew 15:3ff and 10:34-39. Sharp words, but necessary if we want to respect the full intention of the original commandment. (And given the theme of respect for those who rear, we may have to invite our kids up front for a little children’s sermon.)
We took stock of Episode 1 of Kieslowski’s Dekalog last Sunday night, and struggled together to find all the director sought to say in his tragic first installment. Here’s an extended review (and from a website you might want to peruse further!) of the episode put in the larger context of the whole first commandment from which it takes its inspiration. (It even spent a paragraph to help me understand the extended scene in the lecture hall that stymied me!) Truth comes in many forms. Film can deliver it in singular fashion. Perhaps we’ll try our hand again the future at letting that medium provoke and preach.
We’re resuming Storyline this Sunday during 2nd hour, this week in the chapters on perseverance and assurance (chs 17 & 18) of the Westminster Confession. You might be surprised to know that in the immediate wake of the Reformation the Roman Catholic hierarchy found the Reformed perspective on these two doctrines as the most heretical of anything that proceeded from the movement. Sinclair Ferguson writes here of one Cardinal Bellarmine and his outrage at what he considered to be the height of theological presumption. How can anyone claim any confidence of God’s enduring favor, the personal theologian to then Pope Clement VIII fulminated? The idea that one may not just hope, but rest, in the irrevocable approbation and love of God is no small assertion, and one that requires more than a wish that it were so. So what reason do you have for believing that God’s love is an everlasting love despite the ongoing presence of sin in us to which we become so easily entangled? Read the two chapters before you come and then let’s collaborate to find both what incensed Cardinal Bellarmine and why the Assembly had good reason to disagree.
Summer’s beckon to vacation also means we need a little help to cover ministry areas for which there is no holiday–like teaching our young children in Sunday School during 2nd hour. Curriculum is already provided and can be easily prepared. We only need people who want to make the eternal truths simple for young minds. If you’d like to volunteer or would just like more information first, contact Breanna Elam for more information. Any volunteers will need to submit to a simple background check.
All are invited for a fun time of fellowship together. Ice and paper goods will be provided.
Suggested items to bring:
last names A-K: bring two vegetables, fruits or salads for 8-10 people
last names L-Z: bring a main dish for 8-10 people
singles: bring dessert plus bread or drinks (2 liter soda, gallon water or tea)
and everyone bring games to play!
Contact Sheri McMillan for more information.
Things you might pray for–both near and far
- for this new effort to form groups that allow us to learn faithful presence
- for the family of Dr. Bob Longacre whose memorial service will be held Saturday, June 7th, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Bible Church, 1437 Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto, TX. Following the memorial service there will be a reception at the Dallas Center’s Cowan Apartments.
- for peace in the Crimea
- for swift and safe progress in the release of the nearly 200 young girls abducted in Nigeria
- for our gracious hosts, Fairmeadows Baptist Church, and other churches in our city
See you Sunday at 9:30,
Our worship team works tirelessly to retain the riches of our worship in tradition while exploring new ideas, new textures for deep and authentic worship. Sometimes it helps though to pass along some ideas that didn’t quite make the cut in our minds, just so everyone knows we’re always out to protect you. (But, just out of curiosity, which of you might’ve volunteered to cover the break-dancing during the bridge?)
In case you wanted to see what else we passed over, here’s a more complete list.