A movie entitled The Son of God will be released February 28. An expanded version of material from the Bible TV ministeries but released from a major studio (20th Century Fox), it will keep in the miracles, unlike some film renditions of Jesus’ story. Details from Variety after the jump. Here is the trailer. (But does it look good? Is it really helpful to turn material from the Word of God into the visual medium of film?)
We just celebrated the last Sunday of the Church Year–some call it the Sunday of the Fulfillment or Christ the King Sunday. And the Gospel reading for this triumphant, climactic day is about. . . Christ on the Cross (Luke 23:27-43). Our pastor preached on some words of His that I’ve never heard treated like this: “They know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
The sermon made me realize that the epistemological problem–what do we know and how do we know it?–is not just a theoretical question for academic philosophers. In the course of our everyday lives, we have to function with major gaps in our knowledge. [Read more…]
The Sunday before last, our Gospel reading was about the Sadducees who tried to shoot down the doctrine of eternal life by asking Jesus a hypothetical question about a woman who was widowed seven times–in the resurrection, whose wife will she be (Luke 20)? Pastor Douthwaite preached a powerful sermon about the nature of life after death, in the course of which he did something I never thought of before: He took the situation of the hypothetical woman seriously. [Read more…]
Are your emotions often out of synch with your faith? Does God feel far away? Do your dry feelings make you wonder if you even have genuine faith? Are you plagued with lingering guilt, dark thoughts, and spiritual depression? Maybe you need to hear this presentation from Rod Rosenbladt.
The audio and the lecture notes are available free from New Reformation Press. A summary after the jump. [Read more…]
On the Sunday of All Saints yesterday, a new saint was added to the number of saints who constitute Christ’s church. My new grandson, Thomas Gene Edward Hensley, was baptized.
“When[the church] baptizes a child, that action concerns me; for that child is thereby connected to that head which is my head too, and ingraffed into that body, whereof I am a member.” John Donne, Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII
My father’s name was read among the dead, and now his name-sake enters the church, so it was all very meaningful to me. In honor of All Saints, now that I am thinking about John Donne, after the jump I’ll quote the context of the above passage from his Devotions, a series of meditations as he was undergoing a serious illness, which as far as he knew may well be fatal. The “for whom the bell tolls” refers to the custom of ringing the church bells to call people to prayer for someone who was dying, and he was wondering if the bells were ringing for him.
The Reformation can be summed up in six words, according to our pastor in his Reformation Day sermon last Sunday. Not the solas, not some version of “Here I stand,” but the words written down on a scrap of paper that Luther had in his pocket on his deathbed: “We are beggars; this is true.” After the jump, read what Pastor Douthwaite says about these words. [Read more…]