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Family Notes 5/22/2010 (Mar-Jun 2010)

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by Edward Fudge
May 21, 2010

MAY/JUNE MINISTRY: Tennessee, Texas — I would love to meet you and yours if you can attend any of the following scheduled appointments.

May 23 — Houston, Texas
Bering Drive Church of Christ, Dedication prayer for The Divine Rescue. Sunday, 10:15 a.m., book table after

May 23-? — Dallas, Texas (Not public)
Greet arrival of new grandchild — our fifth, but a one-of-a-kind individual made in the image of God!
May 30 — Houston, Texas.
Bering Drive Church of Christ. Teaching adult Bible class on subject “Freedom in Christ.” Sunday, 9:00 a.m.

June 3-5 — Nashville, Tennessee
Christian Scholars Conference, Lipscomb University; Moderating panel critiquing “Kabul24” documentary film; responses by director and producer, participation by audience.
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. Frank Coats – Pastor 713-697-0671.

CULLMANN CLASSICImmortality of the Soul or Resurrection of the Dead? by Oscar Cullmann is only 60 pages long. Yet this book, published in English in 1956, has done more to shape Christian thinking than 1,000 other books many times its length. Read it free online and discover why. more >>

LIVES UP TO ITS BILLING — When Edward asked me to read his newest book, I thought, “Oh, dear God. What if I don’t like it? How do you tell a new friend it was just an ‘ok’ read?” Plus, I’m not that crazy about most Christian writing these days. (That’s another story.) So I sat down, sighed, and cracked open Edward Fudge’s new book, The Divine Rescue. When I looked up, a few hours had passed, and I had read it in one sitting. . . . . I could not put it down. Lost track of time.

The book is suited to one of my particular tastes, not the least of which is retelling the story. Just telling the story. After all, we preachers would do better to spend more time simply telling the story of an active creator, and less time trying to convince everyone we have “answers” for the church. That’s the beauty of Edward’s new work. . . .

I don’t often recommend these kinds of books. I think most of them are trite. But this is great scholarship put in such a way that it lives up to its billing as a proclamation of a gripping drama. However, the reason I like the book and will share it with others is not because of its writing or its writer. I recommend it because it does what good preaching is supposed to do: It tells the story. – Jeff Christian, “The Divine Rescue,” The Empty Pulpit (13 May 2010). more >>

VIDEO INTERVIEW — We were delighted and honored last Sunday (May 16, 2010), to discuss The Divine Rescue with Mark Lanier and the approximately 600 people who attended his Biblical Literacy class at Champion Forest Baptist Church. Mark interviewed me about the book and its theme of God’s untiring pursuit and final rescue of his wayward people and the world they inhabit. Sara Faye contributed to the discussion and the class asked questions. Enjoy the 45-minute interview online (at watch >>

WILD WAYS OF GOD — Pentecost refuses to let us remain bystanders ” to observe . . . from some critical and safe distance, we are caught up in the very real moving, live and dangerous drama of God in the world. With the coming of the Spirit upon the gathered few, who met in safety and collected holiness” they are shed out into the streets. . . . They commit themselves to a wildness and vulnerability that will cost them dearly: the contour of their lives will change; their reputation will be endangered; their possessions will transfer ownership and take on new meaning; their lives will become open to the pain and suffering of others; . . . they will suffer themselves and many will lose their life; they are on the cusp of something new. This is their story and it is ours too. We are called to enter into the continuing drama of God=92s new creation in the world. To enter into the realities of this world with all its hopes and greatness and all it suffering and disaster. . . . — John Watson, “The Politics of Pentecost,” Fulcrum. more >>

BEING, NOT DOING — Responding to a recent gracEmail entitled That Crafty Devil, subscriber Rick Presley writes:

Sounds good, but what does it look like? I maintain that “going forth” is seen in Christians living out their lives in a perfectly normal and mundane fashion wherever it is that God has planted them in accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We tend to think of the church as an institution or organization doing something somewhere according to a program or a plan or a strategy or whatever. What if the church is not comprised of things we do, but rather what we are? The ministry of Jesus seems more about what he was than what he did. . . . Sadly, today, few realize the importance of being the church as opposed to doing church. I think this post opens the door to this discussion — what does it mean to be the church instead of doing church?

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