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Family Notes 4/30/2010 (Mar-Jun 2010)

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by Edward Fudge
April 30, 2010

UPCOMING MINISTRY: Calif., Tenn., Texas — Join us if you can for these preaching and teaching events during the next few weeks in Southern California, Middle Tennessee, and the Texas Gulf Coast.

  • 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. – AC 263.
  • May 8 — Ventura, California, Ventura Seventh-day Adventist Church, Saturday (Sabbath) Worship Service, 11:00 a.m., “Jesus Our Great High Priest” (Hebrews). 6300 Telephone Road, Ventura, California. Pastor Jim Ayers (805) 642-5387.
  • June 6 — Franklin, Tennessee, Forest Home Church. Sunday 9:00 a.m., “Jesus Our Great High Priest”; 10:00 a.m., “The Holy Spirit During this Time ‘Until’ “. 1751 Old Natchez Trace, Franklin. Lance Hickerson – Preaching Minister, (H) 615-595-8336; (cell) 615-974-2440
  • June 27 — Houston, Texas, St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church. Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m., “The Story of Jesus from Four Psalms” (Hebrews); Adult Sunday School 10:30 a.m., “The Priest Like Melchizedec,” 4300 N. Shepherd Drive, Houston 77018. Pastor Frank Coats 713-697-0671.

TEACH IN UGANDA — Mbale Mission School in Uganda, Africa needs teachers for the 2010-11 school year (for missionaries’ children). Housing is provided, but you must raise funds for your travel and basic living expenses while in Uganda. Someone will go, teach, and discover opportunities for additional kinds of ministry. For more information, contact Laura Shero (

SHOPPING EXCURSION — From “Sunday Night Update,” the weekly webletter of gracEmail subscriber Norman Bales, comes the following, with which many husbands will identify and enjoy a chuckle.

With our granddaughter’s wedding less than two weeks away, Ann is frantically trying to find an appropriate pair of shoes. There’s an outlet mall about 30 or 40 miles from us, so we decided to go there and shop on Friday. Shopping at outlet malls is not my favorite thing to do. I thought about compiling a list of things that I’d rather do, then I realized it would be easier to compile a list of things that are worse than shopping with your wife at the mall. On that list I would include the following:

(1.) Getting bit by a rattlesnake. (2.) Cutting my hand and getting the stitches put in without anesthetic. (3.) Standing on my head for thirty minutes. (4.) Attending a Bon Jovi concert and sitting on the front row the evening after I’ve had a root canal. (5.) Listening to a two-hour discourse on nuclear physics delivered by a boring man who speaks in a monotone and uses words I don’t understand.

You get the idea. There are worse things than shopping at an outlet mall with your wife. Did we find the appropriate shoes? The answers is no, but we did find me a pair of khaki slacks. I was also paid a tariff. I was allowed to swing by the chocolate factory, and I did not stop with the freebies. We burned a lot of gas to buy chocolate, but it was good. — Norman Bales, “Sunday Night Update” (subscription free on request to

CSC — — The 2010 Christian Scholars Conference is scheduled for June 3-5, 2010 at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. God willing, I will be moderating a double session on Friday, June 4, from 1:45 – 5:00 p.m., first viewing the documentary film Kabul 24, followed by critiques of an interdisciplinary scholarly panel, responses by film director and producer, and dialogue with audience. (Panelists are Matt Tapie, Catholic University of America: Matt McCook, Oklahoma Christian University: Rachel Tracie, Azusa Pacific University: Todd Bouldin, Pepperdine University: Gary Selby, Pepperdine University: Mark Elrod, Harding University.) read more.

FREE PUNT BOOKLET — Neal Punt, my long-time friend and gracEmail subscriber, is rightly known around the world for his books advancing what he calls “Evangelical Inclusivism.” This is the premise that all persons will be saved except those the Bible declares will be finally lost. Now, thanks to a generous donor, Neal is offering as many as 20 free copies of his 32-page booklet entitled Election and the Universal Offer of the Gospel (you pay only shipping costs). This booklet presents the biblical evidence for Evangelical Inclusivism and accurately answers eight of the most frequently asked questions. To find the cost of shipping, send an email to and state the number of booklets you want.

OUR PROBLEM WITH GRACE — Maybe one of the problems we have with grace lies not in our belief or doubt, but in our willingness to accept it as a gift from God. We live in a culture where there is no such thing as a gift freely received. We feel pressure to give gifts in response when someone gives us something nice, whether great or small. But when it comes to the grace of God, nothing we give back can compare. And while it is something we need to constantly “re-gift” to others (and even to ourselves), all that we can give back to God in response is a life of gratitude that joins him in the mission of Christ to proclaim an offer of redemption to the ends of the earth. And in the meantime, to proclaim it in such a way that we can hear it for ourselves. — Jeff Christian, “The Wild Sheep Trying to Stay Found,” The Empty Pulpit (April 16, 2010). read more.

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