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In Honor of David Wilkerson

April 28th, 2011

David Wilkerson died in a car crash yesterday at age 79. He impacted a whole generation of believers with his message of evangelism to the truly hurting and broken. Teen Challenge has literally impacted the whole world. We had the privilege of hosting him in the early 70’s at our campus worship at McMurry college just as his ministry was beginning to take off in the inner city of New York. Brother David will be honored for generations to come and his entrance into heaven last night was no doubt a true cause for celebration. I honor him with the honor of God!!

How church historians will view us

April 25th, 2011

Mixed reviews, at best.

Good on missions in some respects but theologically, amazing–in a bad way.

To put it succinctly, the evangelical church is now re-discussing:
1.Justification
2.The Trinity
3.Hell

In many ways, it just does not get much more “amazing” than this.

Another Power Conference Bites the Dust in the NIT Title Game

April 1st, 2011

Wichita State Hammers Alabama.

Notice Top 15 are not there from March 7 ESPN/USA Today/Coaches Poll

March 28th, 2011

This is a sobering thought for the pundits, no doubt. None of the Top 15 from the week before the Madness began are in the Final 4:
ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Ohio State (25) 29-2 767
2 Kansas (6) 29-2 748
3 Pittsburgh 27-4 702
4 Notre Dame 25-5 678
5 Duke 27-4 595
6 San Diego State 29-2 592
7 North Carolina 24-6 560
8 Brigham Young 28-3 546
9 Purdue 25-6 537
10 Texas 25-6 518
11 Syracuse 25-6 492
12 Florida 24-6 456
13 Wisconsin 23-7 396
14 Louisville 23-8 364
15 Arizona 25-6 285

What A Joke putting 11 Big East Teams in the NCAA tournament

March 22nd, 2011

Sweet 16: Richmond 2, Big East 2
Posted on Mar 21, 2011 in Sports | 0 comments
You read that right. Our state’s capital city has all of two NCAA teams, both of which made the NCAA Tournament field of 68, and both of which fought their way into the Sweet 16 with a combined record of 5-0.

Meanwhile, the entirety of the Big East, a 16-team superconference stretching from the Northeast practically into the Southern Hemisphere, which had a record 11 teams make the tourney field, will have, like the City of Richmond, two teams still alive in the Sweet 16 later this week.

In honor of Catherine Kroeger from Christianity Today

March 14th, 2011

Catherine Clark Kroeger, Remembered
The New Testament scholar’s impact on so many lives was on display at this weekend’s memorial service at Gordon-Conwell.

Cristina Richie, guest blogger

It’s hard to do justice to a lifetime of Christian service in just over an hour. But for a group of 75 professors, students, and family who gathered this weekend at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Kaiser Chapel for the memorial service of Catherine Clark Kroeger, we came close.

Surprise and disappointment lingered over Catherine’s sudden death February 14 from complications due to pneumonia, Lyme disease, and grief over the death of her spouse of 60 years, Richard Clark Kroeger Jr., who died three months ago. Yet the service focused not on her untimely passing but on her God-honoring life.

Scott Gibson, director of the Center of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell and professor of preaching and ministry, gave the call to worship and prayer. As a bulk of Catherine’s work was dedicated to espousing the equality of men and women in both Christian ministries and homes — notably in The IVP Women’s Bible Commentary and No Place for Abuse — it was especially significant that teachers and students of homiletics were touched by her work.

Kroeger’s work impacted Christian theology, but her academic focus was the role of women in the early church, classics, and human sexuality and relationships. Aida Spencer, one of her colleagues in the New Testament department, read one of the most cited passages on men and women in the Bible, Galatians 3:23-29: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Aida, with her husband, William David Spencer, who also gave remarks at the service, work for the Priscilla Papers, a journal that serves the academic community on issues of biblical equality and is an outlet of Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE), the organization that Catherine founded in 1988. She served as the Minneapolis-based organization’s president until 2001, when Mimi Haddad stepped in.

Catherine’s dedication to the edification of Christ’s servants through Christ’s love was evidenced in the many stories shared of her home life, her support of her husband in ministry, her rearing of five children, and her numerous foster children and spiritual grandchildren at the seminary. Goran Kojchev counted himself among the privileged to call a learned and wise woman “Grammy.” Kojchev is an MANT student and worked as Kroeger’s academic assistant for the past two years. He recounted Catherine’s hospitality and avid devotion to swimming in lakes and oceans — even into her octogenarian years.

Lauding Catherine’s precision and breadth, David Eastman from Yale University noted that while the mere presence of female faculty undoubtedly changed the atmosphere in the halls of Gordon-Conwell, Kroeger’s impact did not solely grace the ivory towers of academia. Indeed, Catherine’s heart for God’s women — wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, and mentors — was pronounced in her impact on women who struggled not only with sensing a call to ministry but also in the shadows of domestic abuse.

Kroeger was sensitive to the ways male headship could be used by some to justify abusive behavior, and worked to establish the organization Peace and Safety in the Christian Home (PASCH), dedicated to eliminating domestic violence. The most touching remarks given at the service came from a woman who said her life was saved by Catherine’s work. The woman, an M.Div. student at Gordon-Conwell, told of her entrapment in an abusive marriage and how Kroeger’s books and articles on Christian equality and the biblical stance on abuse in the home led her safely out of the marriage.

In the days leading up to the memorial service, I reflected heavily on the impact and teachings of Kroeger. I had already graduated from Gordon-Conwell when I took my first class from her — “Women in the Early Church” — at the Boston-based Center for Urban Ministerial Education. Catherine’s aplomb under contentions from some students when discussing the role of women as Eucharistic celebrants and priests in the early church came from her personal Bible study and prayer. I will never forget with what joy I received Catherine’s proposition that “the chosen lady” of 2 John was an actual woman, not a church! Indeed, her teachings on kephale (the Greek word for “head”) and misinterpretations of female subjections and silence were not always welcomed at Gordon-Conwell. But the collegiality and respect which with students and faculty discussed such issues was encouraging.

As I stand with an M. Div. in hand, entering my second year teaching religion at the college level, it is not Kroeger’s academic achievements that I wish to emulate, nor her amazing 60-year marriage, but the theme of her life and the goal of every Christian: that she loved Jesus and served him faithfully.

Cristina Richie

A Taliban Hit in Pakistan

March 5th, 2011

Pakistan Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti shot dead
BBC

Mr Bhatti, 42, a leader of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the cabinet’s only Christian minister, had received death threats for urging reform to blasphemy laws, which carry a death sentence for anyone who insults Islam.

Pakistan’s blasphemy law has been in the spotlight since a Christian, Asia Bibi, was sentenced to hang in Punjab last November. She denies claims she insulted the Prophet Muhammad during a row with Muslim women villagers about sharing water. Critics say that convictions under the law hinge on witness testimony, which is often linked to grudges.

Christians make up an estimated 1.5% of Pakistan’s 185 million population.

In January, Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, who had also opposed the law, was shot dead by one of his bodyguards.

Ranked Number 15 on Google “Complementarian”

February 28th, 2011

Thanks for all of the hits

This is the Beginning of the End for the Pirate Movement

February 28th, 2011

From Christianity Today:
Somali Pirates Kill Bible Distributors
Scott Adam, a graduate of Fuller Seminary, was killed with three others after they were taken hostage.
Sarah Pulliam Bailey | posted 2/22/2011 11:39AM

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Bible distributors who were taken hostage by Somali pirates were killed while negotiations between the pirates and U.S. military forces were underway Tuesday morning.
U.S. forces boarded the yacht in response to gunfire, and discovered that four hostages had been shot. Two of the pirates were killed, and 13 captured in a confrontation, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command. Scott and Jean Adam’s vessel Quest was taken hostage last week; 19 pirates were believed to be involved in the hijacking.
“As (U.S. forces) responded to the gunfire, reaching and boarding the Quest, the forces discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors,” the U.S. Central Command statement said. “Despite immediate steps to provide life-saving care, all four hostages ultimately died of their wounds.”
Scott Adam is a master of divinity graduate from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. He also received a master of theology from the school in 2010, says Fred Messick, Fuller’s associate vice president of public affairs.
The couple had expressed some unease in an e-mail sent several days before the hijacking, says Craig Detweiler, a professor at Pepperdine University, who attended Fuller with Adam.
“They acknowledged that they were navigating a global hot spot,” he said. “But it was also not like them to shy away. Things grew strangely silent in the last week.”
The Adams were married later in life, Detweiler said, describing Scott as having a “deeply liturgical” Anglican and Catholic faith.
“They had a rooted confidence in the authoritative power of God’s word,” Detweiler said. “Their notion of traveling the world and spreading the word of God connected to all that they understood about our calling in life.”
The couple had been distributing copies of Scripture, including “Catholic Bibles” from the American Bible Society and NIV Bibles from the International Bible Society, to places like Tahiti, New Zealand, and Fiji. “Because Catholics have a slightly different Bible than Protestants we carry both Bibles, and at several different reading levels,” they wrote on their website.
The couple wrote on their website that part of their travels include “friendship evangelism—that is, finding homes for thousands of Bibles, which have been donated through grants and gifts, as we travel from place to place.”
“Often people have an agenda behind their ‘gifts,'” Jean wrote on the website. “Scott & I feel that we can do more as ‘unassociated missionaries.’ (Our only association is that of fiscal oversight by the Quest Mission Church in Bakersfield.) This allows us to follow the Spirit as we search for ‘homes’ for our Bibles.”
The organizers of a yacht race called the Blue Water Rally said the Quest was part of the race but left on February 15 to chart a different course. Philis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle were traveling with the Adams on that portion of their trip.
The Adams were members of Saint Monica’s Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California. “They were very heartfelt in their response to this great gospel and they came to know Jesus in a very special way here,” their pastor, Lloyd Torgerson, told KABC.
“Jean actually sang in our 11:30 choir Sunday mornings. Both of them had a great outreach, of course, through this ministry to take the scriptures, the Bibles, to places across the world. And they felt that call to do that, and that’s what they were doing I presume when this happened.”
The retired couple might be a reflection of a generation interested in combining their faith with another stage of life, said Scott Moreau, professor of missions at Wheaton College.
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share this page|”They have a set of personal interests, they’ve dreamed about retirement but the gospel becomes intertwined with that,” Moreau said. “This couple might be a small microcosm of that.”
The Adams’ distribution of Bibles on a vessel is unusual, Moreau said, but many Christians are finding a retirement outlet in missions.
“We see people retiring and ready for second or third careers,” Moreau said. “You see things that offer unique opportunities that, this case, ended very tragically for them.”
The Vatican is becoming increasingly concerned about piracy, and held a conference last week on providing better assistance to hijacked sailors and their families back home, the Associated Press (AP) reports.
The pirates in northern Somalia are not hard-line Islamists and a yacht carrying Bibles is not likely to be a problem, the AP reports.
Two Somali pirates spoke with Reuters by telephone.
“Our colleagues called us this morning, that they were being attacked by a U.S. warship,” a pirate who identified himself as Mohamud told Reuters. “The U.S. warship shot in the head two of my comrades who were on the deck of the yacht by the time they alerted us,” Mohamud said. “This is the time we ordered the other comrades inside yacht to react—kill the four Americans because there was no other alternative—then our line got cut.”
Scott Stolnitz, a friend of the couple, told CNN that vigorous evangelism was not a major emphasis for the couple. “They were not proselytizing evangelicals,” Stolnitz said. “They were using their Bible mission as a way to break the ice in the Christian community, particularly in the Pacific.”

Great CT article on teaching sexuality in the church

February 10th, 2011

The Feb. 10, online edition of Christianity Today has a 7 point article on teaching sexuality in the church that is a must read.

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