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Created by Love

horizonThe Bible tells us that God created the world. If you believe the Bible contains the truth of God, such a statement is enough for you. However, if you do not believe the Bible contains the truth of God, then you may be more skeptical about such a statement.Consider with me a few things about the world in which we live and why there may be more rational and logical reasons for entertaining the idea that there is a Creator God.

Consider the various species of animals and plants that exist in our world. Now consider the wide range of environments to which those diverse species of animals and plants are fitted. The intricate diversity and simultaneous specificity shows us an expansive wonder within our world. While some may take this in itself as a rationale for a Creator God, this is not necessarily the case. Some would argue from a naturalistic perspective that the self-contained processes within creation have developed what we recognize as uniquely fitted environments and species within our world.

Now, let’s take it a step further. Consider the expanse of the universe that we have come to understand, Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in Discipleship

 

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Beginning to Live with Love

Beginning sermon slideThis weekend at Eastbrook Church we concluded our series “Beginning to Live.”

My message this week was called “Beginning to Live with Love” and focused on how the resurrection of Jesus reveals the love of God while also bringing power into our lives to love others.

I spoke from 1 Corinthians 13, which is a very familiar Scripture text, but is still so powerful. The basic outline of the message is as follows:

  • A Life Not Worth Living
  • The Beginning of it All
  • The God Who Loves Us and the Us Who Responds to God
  • The Us Who Loves Others and Others Who Respond to God
  • What Really Endures

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2013 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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A Brief Response to the Critique of Christian Hope

ThumbnailSome critics of Christianity say that Christian hope is just wishful thinking. Some say that Christianity is just a pipe dream – an unattainable hope.

Frederick Buechner, an author of numerous books about the spiritual life, addresses this in his own comments about Christianity and hope. He writes this in his book, Wishful Thinking:

Christianity is mainly wishful thinking…

Dreams are wishful thinking. Children playing at being grown-ups is wishful thinking. Interplanetary travel is wishful thinking.

Sometimes wishing is the wings the truth comes true on.

Sometimes the truth is what sets us wishing for it.

When people critique Christian hope as simply an unattainable dream, we may respond by saying that perhaps another name for our wishful thinking is faith. Further, perhaps faith is a way not of avoiding reality, but of accessing a reality that is not readily apparent to our senses. Even further still, perhaps the reason we dream about such a thing like Christian hope is that the truth has birthed such a dream in us at the first place. Perhaps God, the Creator, has made us with a yearning for something more because that is actually the way things are and fighting against it is more wishful thinking than pursuing it.

[This is a continuation of this week's theme of "Beginning to Live with Hope."]

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Books and Quotations, Discipleship

 

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Jackie Robinson and Hope that Is Unseen

Jackie RobinsonIn 1947 there was a lot to be hopeful about. World War II was over. The world, and the United States as a nation, was settling into a renewed peace. But there were some whose hopes were limited. There were deep racial divides in our country and it seemed like a glass ceiling existed on the hopes and dreams of some simply because of the color of their skin.

A new story of hope began unfolding, however, when on April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was the first African-American baseball player called up into Major League Baseball since the 1880s. For over sixty years, like so many other aspects of our society, baseball endured segregation, encouraging the hopes of some while limiting the hopes of others. During that first game and season, Robinson endured all kinds of verbal – and even physical. It seemed that perhaps the glass ceiling would hold him – and others – down.

But things soon changed. Robinson soon became a figure admired not only by African-Americans, but by Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in Biography, Discipleship

 

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Hope in Unexpected Places

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This past weekend, I continued our “Beginning to Live” series at Eastbrook Church by focusing on “Beginning to Live with Hope.” All this week, my blog posts are themed around the topic of hope.

In the Gospel of Luke, we come upon an interesting story shortly after Jesus’ resurrection. Two men who had followed Jesus throughout His earthly ministry are walking from the small town of Emmaus to the capital city of Jerusalem. It’s about a seven-mile walk. A stranger comes up to them as they are walking and asks them a question: “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” (Luke 24:17).

Now, the writer, Luke, lets us in on the secret that it is the resurrected Jesus who has come up to them, but these men do not know it. They still think that Jesus is dead and buried. And because this is the truth they are living under, their hopes are sinking.

Not realizing who He is, they respond to him:  Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2013 in Discipleship

 

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