Family Notes 3/18/2010 (Mar-Jun 2010)

By Matt Dabbs

by Edward Fudge
March 18, 2010

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UPCOMING SCHEDULE
God willing, the following schedule reflects my pre-planned ministry through May, 2010.

Guest editor for New Wineskins online journal. This delightful assignment involves envisioning March-April issue with theme of “Patternism,” then selecting authors, and collecting and editing articles. Contributors include Royce Ogle, Jay Guin, Al Maxey, Charles Prince, Tim Woodroof, Charme Robarts, Rick Presley, Jim Ayars and myself.

Completing new book. This week saw final reading of page proofs for new book, The Divine Rescue, which the publisher (Leafwood) expects to release at Pepperdine Bible Lectures on May 4-7.

March 24-27 — Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Tulsa Workshop

March 25 — Tulsa, Oklahoma
Annual gracEmeal, 5-7 p.m. (Dutch treat) at PJ’s Sandwich Shop
RSVP to Joe Warlick for head count.

March 28 — Tulsa, Oklahoma
South Brooke Church of Christ
Adult Class @ 9:15 a.m. — Intro. to Hebrews and inside story of a commentary
Assembly @ 10:15 a.m. — Jesus, Our Great High Priest
1138 East 38 Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74105 (918) 747-5798

April 7, 14, 21, 28 — Houston, Texas
Bering Drive Church of Christ
Wednesday — 10:00 a.m., Ladies Bible Study
“The Psalms in Hebrews”

April 9-11 — Searcy, Arkansas
Covenant Fellowship
Fire in the Fireplace: Supernatural power at its best!
(Formal and informal sessions. Details TBA)

May 4-7 — Malibu, California
Pepperdine University Bible Lectures
Release of new book, The Divine Rescue
Teaching class “The Divine Rescue,” Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
2:00 p.m. in AC 263

May 8 — Ventura, California
Ventura Seventh-day Adventist Church
Sabbath (Saturday) Service — 11:00 a.m.
“Jesus Our Great High Priest” (Hebrews)
6300 Telephone Road, Ventura, Calif.
Pastor Jim Ayers (805) 642-5387


CHRIST BEFORE PILATE — “It is worth asking ourselves what this tableau, viewed from the vantage of pagan antiquity, would have meant. A man of noble birth, representing the power of Rome, endowed with authority over life and death, confronted by a barbarous colonial of no name or estate, a slave of the empire, beaten, robed in purple, crowned with thorns, insanely invoking an otherworldly kingdom and some esoteric truth, unaware of either his absurdity or his judge’s eminence. Who could have doubted where, between these two, the truth of things was to be found?

But the Gospel is written in the light of the resurrection, which reverses the meaning of this scene entirely. If God’s truth is in fact to be found where Christ stands, the mockery visited on him redounds instead upon the emperor, all of whose regal finery, when set beside the majesty of the servile shape in which God reveals Himself, shows itself to be just so many rags and briars. This slave is the Father’s eternal Word, whom God has vindicated, and so ten thousand immemorial certainties are unveiled as lies: the first become last, the mighty are put down from their seats and the lowly exalted, the hungry are filled with good things while the rich are sent empty away.”

David Bentley Hart, ‘God or Nothingness’ in I Am The Lord Your God: Christian Reflections on the Ten Commandments (ed. Carl E. Braaten and Christopher R. Seitz; Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2005), 64ff.


MORE NIGERIAN MARTYRS — Seven Christian women and four children were among those randomly slaughtered by machete-wielding Muslim raiders who stormed their village earlier this week in Nigeria, following similar murders of 200 Nigerian Christians in attacks last week. This report appears in the March 18 edition of First Things journal, a publication of the interreligious and nonpartisan Institute on Religion and Public Life with offices in New York.


AUSTRALIAN RESOURCE — The Centre for Public Christianity (CPX) in North Sydney, NSW, Australia, is an independent research and media organization that employs the best of scholarship and of media to promote the public understanding of the Christian faith. Among CPX’s free offerings is a six-part video interview with David Bentley Hart, an authority on literature, philosophy, history, art and culture, and author of the 2009 book, Atheist Delusions — the Christian Revolution and its Fashionable Enemies. CPX has no denominational affiliation and seeks to represent historic Christianity as defined by the Nicene Creed. To access its audio, video and print library, click here.


MINISTRY IN IRAQ — “Hello Sir!” the email began. “I am in the U.S. Air Force, currently in Iraq. I am hoping your books will help pass the time. I thank God for you and your insights into the Scriptures. Thank you. Sincerely, Rod Young.” (The thanks really belong to the gracEmail subscriber who sent some copies of our books to Iraq — a true partner in ministry!)


TRUSTWORTHINESS OF GOSPELS — These four 8-9 minute videos comprise an interview with the late Dr. Martin Hengel, longtime professor of New Testament studies at the University of Tübingen, Germany. A world-renowned authority on the “Second Temple Period” or “Hellenistic Period” of early Christianity, Dr. Hengel explains why he considered the Gospels as giving reliable witness to Jesus Christ from an early date and a Palestinian origin. To watch, click here and scroll down the page to the videos.


TOURING OUR WEBSITEFor several months during 2010, we are offering this guided tour of our website, introducing one website item in each “gracEmail family notes.”


HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE — HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE — Journey with Edward and Sara Faye on their 1999 pilgrimage to the Holy Land, as they recount experiences, emotions and thoughts. There are writings and pictures to help capture the essence of the trip.


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Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of Wineskins.org.

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