Archive for October, 2011

New Music

There are some new songs on the music page of our blog.

Click this link or go to the music page to listen to some of the songs we sing at church every week.

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Sermon Notes: 1 Corinthians 10.14-22

In 1 Corinthians 10.16, Paul writes, “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?”

If we are participants in the blood of Christ, the following passages inform our identity-

“…though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool” (Isaiah 1.18, ESV).

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5.21, ESV).

Our blood is not shed for our sin, but Jesus’ blood, in which we participate, is.

If we are participants in the body of Christ, the following passages inform our identity-

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matthew 5.17, ESV).

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4.15, ESV).

We have not fulfilled the law and endured temptation in the flesh without sin, but Jesus’ did and gave his body, in which we participate, for us.

The Lord’s Supper is a gift for the church given through and instituted by Jesus Christ. The great mystery of this meal is that Christ is really present in this meal, so that when we feast by faith, we feast on Christ himself and are participants in his blood and body. The Lord’s Supper is a glorious time in the life of the church in which grace is really received and the people of God are truly strengthened as we feast on the body and blood of Jesus Christ, our Savior.

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Someone Else Died on Tuesday Also

As we all know, Steve Jobs died on Tuesday. He has been rightly heralded as an innovative genius in the technology sphere. His beautifully-simple and highly-functional arrangements of various plastics, metals, and glasses have changed the way we think about technology, the way we buy and listen to music, what we expect from a computer, and what we think a “phone” is for. He was one of the greatest designers and salesmen we have ever known, and at the news of his death, we picked up our iPhones, iPads, and iPods to fill Facebook and Twitter with clever epitaphs such as -

“iSad”

“iRIP”

“iGrieve”

“Ten years ago we had Bob Hope, Johnny Cash, and Steve Jobs. Now we have no jobs, no cash, and no hope.”

“Three apples changed the world, Adam’s, Newton’s, and Steve’s.”

It simply cannot be denied that Steve Jobs made a tremendous contribution to technology and therefore had a tremendous impact on our increasingly technology-driven lives. John Dyer wrote an interesting and helpful theological reflection on Steve Jobs; you can read it here.

Someone else died on Tuesday (to be fair, somewhere upwards of 150,000 people died on Tuesday). Another man whose life and work had a profound impact on our social landscape, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. Rev. Shuttlesworth was a preacher in Alabama before, during, and after the civil rights movement. Though he could have, he never resigned his pulpit to be a fulltime civil-rights activist; however, he never backed down from such fights either. Rev. Shuttlesworth understood that living life in light of the gospel had certain, hard implications. He also understood that the imago Dei had certain, hard implications.

While we don’t carry the contributions of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth around with us in our pockets and purses, it simply cannot be denied that Rev. Shuttlesworth made a tremendous sacrifice in order to fight for the humanity and dignity of all people and therefore had a tremendous impact on our increasingly multi-cultural lives. Bishop Will Willimon wrote a short article on Rev. Shuttlesworth that you can read here, and The New York Times¬†carried a biographical article that you can read here.

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