I was excited to discover that the church websites includes sermons. I’ll enjoy listening to some of Dad’s recent ones.

I just received this picture of the Alcuin Fellowship hard at work (click image for slightly higher resolution):

The back of my head is poking up over the bush in the foreground. Moving to my left around the circle is Dr. Ed Vieth, Dr. Nick Perrin, Ravi Jain, Kevin Clark, Dr. Vigen Guoian, Dr. Chris Perrin, and James Daniels.

Last night I was reading Nessa the happy birthday story by Dr. Seuss (which involves a lot of language about being proud to be yourself, etc.). At one point, Nessa said, “We’re not supposed to love ourselves like that. Only God can love us so much.”

Today’s talk with the OPC Pastor interested and engaged the students (although I hogged the conversation somewhat toward the very end). When our visitor got talking about eschatology and cultural engagement, my (always limited) self-control fell to pieces. I need to give my co-teacher a little electronic shocker that he can poke me with. Our guest was arguing (a position with a strong minority voice in the OPC) that Christ directed the commands of the Great Commission to his apostles and the men that they would ordain so that lay Christians are not called to evangelize or preach the gospel but should simply seek to live peaceful quiet lives that (by their foolish goodness and selfless love) attract people into church where the gospel is presented in all its abounding grace and exacting offensiveness.

“And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more. Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” (1 Thessalonians 4:10-12, NIV)

In addition to this caveat against lay evangelizing, the church is not called to engage culture or redeem it for Christ. Human culture and all its products are doomed to destruction in the fires of 2 Peter 3:7-13. The church is called simply to endure as a witness until the end when we will inhabit a new earth and heaven with resurrected bodies.

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