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What is the Kingdom of God? (Part 2)

In my previous post, I talked about what Moore (and earlier Ladd) called the “already but not yet” view of God’s kingdom. In his chapter on the kingdom of God (in Onward), Moore attempts to navigate between two extreme view of God’s kingdom: 1) God’s kingdom is only ‘here and now,’ and 2) That God’s kingdom is only future. We must avoid taking a strict “The kingdom is here and now” view because it is not in keeping with God’s stated plan. Only God can establish His kingdom on earth, and He said He would do so, in the future and...

What is the Kingdom of God?

In our Wednesday evening life group, we’ve been working through Russell Moore’s book, Onward (reviewed here), which to say the least, challenges what many think of as status quo among theologically conservative evangelicals with regard to how the church should engage with the wider culture. One of our more interesting discussions centered on Moore’s chapter on the kingdom of God. I was pleased that Moore spent a good chunk of space on this, as it has always seemed to me that this is one of the more foggy areas of Christian belief. That is, when someone uses the phrase ‘kingdom...

I’ll Never Get Over It

If you know me, you know that I talk a lot.  Someone said to me recently as I interrupted the conversation again “you should start a blog.”  Another lady overheard and surprisingly chimed in with “Oh yeah, I would so be on it”.  “Really?” is all I could think.  I just assumed that most people would rather me finally shut up than to actually want to hear more.  My second thought was that I barely know how to find a blog to read, much less write one.  So, I’ll at least start with a blog post! Over the past year,...

Conquered

Last evening, our Couples Life Group had a very helpful discussion about one’s view of human nature and its relation to stress and anxiety. Because we were short on time, there were a few items that I chose to skip over in the interest of getting to the end of the material for the night. One of those items is the poem “Invictus,” (Latin for “unconquered”) by William Ernest Henley; a poem which captures modern man’s view of the self as autonomous, self-reliant, and even defiant toward God. Out of the light that covers me, Black as the pit from pole...

Romans 8:13 – How do I “put to death” the deeds of the body?

This entry is less of an article and more of a combination of notes and observations related to Romans 8:13. It’s not long, but I hope you find it helpful. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. ~ Romans 8:13  “put to death” is the equivalent to “”consider dead” (F.F. Bruce, Romans, pg. 156) This phrase is paralleled in Romans 6:11 – ”consider yourselves dead…” So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ...

What is Orphan Care?

One of the new ways to serve the Lord here at Flint Hill Baptist is by becoming a part of the brand new Orphan Care Ministry. Several weeks ago we had a ministry launch luncheon, and learned a bit about how we can go about serving orphans in various circumstances in a Biblical and holistic way. At the word “orphan” people can sometimes throw their hands up. Hit the door running. Click away in fear that somebody is going to wave pictures of sad little cute kids in their face and pressure them to adopt. The truth is, it’s easy...

The Big Picture

18 Years A.D. (After the Death of a calling) Nick Saban. Herchel Walker, Don Shula, Kenny Stabler, Joe Namath, Michael Waltrip. John Daly. Jane Seymour. Evander Holyfield. Lee Trevino. John Croyle. Michael Irvin. All the names above are people that have stood in front of my camera and posed for photos. Some of them, (Nick Saban, John Daly, John Croyle, Evander Holyfield, and more) spent an entire day with me and my cameras. Then, when I left photography the first time, I worked for a design house. One of my designs was sold in the Stadiums at the World Series....

Support Flint Hill Kids!

Mrs. Meghan and her helpers in the children’s ministry are preparing for our first silent auction event. The goal is to raise money for the big kids’ trip to Centrikid Camp this summer. Centrikid is a well established Gospel-centered ministry that has been a tremendous resource for Flint Hill families in discipling our kiddos. Our church leadership believes this is very important for each of our older children (grades 3-6) to attend, and doesn’t want anyone to be left out due to financial obligations. Mrs. Meghan and parents will be taking 21 precious Flint Hill kids to camp at Shocco...

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Flint Hill Ladies: Our Best Yes

Busy-ness and stress and anxiety and the inability to do it all (or sometimes, it feels like, having the capacity to do ANYTHING) plagues our society, but especially targets women. We ladies struggle with a lot but multitasking is the name of our every game. We are like an internet browser with 30 tabs open all day long. Many of our ladies at Flint Hill have enjoyed taking part in the “Best Yes” life group on Wednesday nights (book by Lysa TerKeurst). We have discussed the biblical basis of wisdom and practical ways to pursue it. We have commiserated on...

Who am I? – Part 2

My last post dealt with the Christian’s true identity, about who we are once we have faith in Christ. That post concluded with the observation that we often do not sense that this is our true identity. In the course of an average day we are, at times, not conscious of who we have become in Christ. Our hearts and minds easily become taken with ideologies, mindsets, goals, and possessions that are, at best, inconsistent with who God says we are. Granted, a blog post is insufficient to address the problem of maintaining a right Christian identity; but I’d like...