Category Archive: Church

Feb 16

Ekklesia, church, religion

Sermon idea. talk about the progression Ekklesia > church > religion assembly of believers is the foundation (and this should always be remembered-keeping the main thing the main thing). (see also http://faith.drjimo.net/ekklesia/) talk about the pros and cons of each (especially church, religion). Jesus at 2 am has a good podcast Turning Theology into Church …

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Feb 13

Ekklesia

Ekklesia is used in the NT 115 times (actually only a few/couple times in the gospels, so mostly in the epistles). In the Tindale translation (1524) it was translated “congregation.” In the King James it was translated “church.” ’assembly’ is a good translation. Very interesting word.  Various references below. According to the acu link below, …

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Jan 17

Dare to be Great

Pastor Howard White’s January (2016) sermon series is title Dare to be Great. The Dare to be Great Challenge is: A Great Commitment to the Great Commandments and the Great Commission done with Great Compassion will grow a Great Church (and a great Christian). The 5 sermons in the series are Dare to Follow Matt …

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Jan 09

TED Talk: Atheism 2.0

This is a fun TED talk. He is describing what can be learned from religion’s methods, even if you do not believe anything about religion (even if you don’t believe in God). He describes the tools and strategies of religion that ‘we’/culture can, and should, adopt. http://www.ted.com/talks/alain_de_botton_atheism_2_0#t-926345 (I am certainly not an atheist.) I think …

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Dec 17

Prudence, balance, thought, and Christianity

http://thefederalist.com/2015/11/19/3-tips-for-a-more-civil-conversation-about-syrian-refugees/ Mollie Hemingway offers 3 suggestions regarding the Syrian refugee issue.  The piece ends up looking at Christian beliefs – for good reason. She makes many good points, all of which I will not try to summarize here. One take-away (near the end of the article) is that the answer to the question “What should …

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Dec 06

Musical Communion Liturgy

Our Pastor, Dr. Howard White, has developed a musical communion liturgy in which he as the leader sings and the congregation also sings in response. It is set to popular Christmas tunes. See the attached.  (It is the Sunday Bulletin, which happened to also be our musical presentation by our music groups.) Bulletin-December-6 -2015

Nov 28

This is not a Day Care. This is a University!

http://www.okwu.edu/blog/2015/11/this-is-not-a-day-care-its-a-university/

Oct 17

James K. A. Smith on The Future of Religion in a “Secular” Age

http://www.slate.com/bigideas/what-is-the-future-of-religion/essays-and-opinions/the-future-of-religion-in-a-secular-age James K A Smith (http://www.calvin.edu/~jks4/) is a Philosophy professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and a Christian. Dr. Smith makes some excellent points on this topic. I’ll pick a couple paragraphs (it’s better to read the whole article) The “spirituality” of the spiritual-but-not-religious often imitates this sort of excarnate religion, often without …

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Oct 16

Two American Revolutions

There was an excellent podcast, by Dr. Robert Godfrey, titled Two American Revolutions. The second ‘revolution’ corresponds to (if I’m remembering correctly) the second great awakening. The podcast is part of Godfrey’s series A Survey of Church History. from Renewing Your Mind podcast (normally by RC Sproul) C:\Users\James\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Podcasts\Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul\03 Two …

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Oct 16

Charles Finney

Charles Finney (1792-1875) was an American Presbyterian minister and leader in the Second Great Awakening in the United States. He has been called The Father of Modern Revivalism. Finney was best known as an innovative revivalist during the period 1825–1835 in upstate New York and Manhattan. There was an excellent podcast, by Dr. Robert Godfrey, …

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