Tim Keller has written a very helpful article on the broad implications of the Gospel. One reason I think this article would be worth your time to read is because of Pastor David’s new series about the Kingdom. While the Gospel should not be primarily viewed in corporate terminology which sees the primary effects of the Gospel as transformative for creation (eschatalogical implications), nor should we see it primarily as individualistic, what we might call the simple Gospel, which is the message one must embrace in spiritual new birth.

If we were to bring our Gospel understanding into the light what would probably be exposed is that most of us are guilty of seeing the Gospel primarily in an individualistic light. The classic view of the Gospel (God, Man, Christ, Response) is important. We shouldn’t minimize the bare essentials of what one must believe in faith. It is the foundation of biblical faith. Yes. The foundation, but not the whole structure. When we ignore the eschatalogical or Kingdom implications of the Gospel, we miss the breadth and depth of the Gospel.

I hope that you’ll take the time to read this article and think critically about the merits of what Keller is saying. I think you’ll find it to be a helpful guide as we listen to the message of the Kingdom over the next several weeks together.

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Leadership on Vacation

May 25, 2008

When we think about getting out of town, we could read this title a couple of different ways. Your first thought might be this: “Sounds good to me! I’m tired of leading all the time. I’m going on vacation to get away from all that!” But if Dad is taking his family on vacation with him (and I hope he is), this mentality of “escape” can lead to a dissatisfying vacation and a missed opportunity.

C.J. Mahaney posted some helpful thoughts for fathers leading their families on vacation.

Family vacations provide a unique opportunity each year for fathers to create memories their children will never forget. Memories that will last a lifetime. Memories that will be recreated by your children with your grandchildren. Memories that will outlive a father. But in order to create these memories, a father must be diligent to serve and lead during a vacation. How a father views his role on a vacation will make all the difference in the vacation.

C.J has started a short series on this topic.  Read the first post here.

No doubt, you’ve been reading about the devastation in these two countries, one by earthquake and the other by a cyclone.  The people of both countries need to be in our thoughts and prayers, even when they are pushed out of the news cycle.  When I read about the earthquake in Sichuan province, one thought colors the statistics for me. Read the rest of this entry »

After the sermon on 2Corinthians 12:9-10 yesterday morning it was suggested to me that the more visual learners of our lot may benefit from a side-by-side comparison of examples of our weakness (human fragility and its response to changing circumstances) and the gift of grace given to those who submit their weakness to God as a conduit of His power and blessing. So here you go. It’s just a general outline so if you need more detail I encourage you to listen to the sermon. Read the rest of this entry »

Six married men will be dropped on an island with one car and 3 kids each for six weeks. Read the rest of this entry »