They Called Her “Mom”

Everyone called her “Mom Steel,” though the only ones in our group who could really claim to be her descendants were Matt, Shannah, Ruth, and John Mark. The rest of us were college kids excited to have a home-cooked meal and a place to fellowship on Sunday nights. Mrs. Steel’s motto was, “All are welcome. I can always add another cup of water to the soup 366432_hand_architecture.jpgto make it stretch farther.” And, although I never recall actually eating soup at her house, her actions and attitude showed that she was willing and ready to accommodate any strays who showed up at her house without advance warning on a Sunday night.

As a new bride, I was excited for the opportunity to show hospitality to others, as Mrs. Steel had, but I worried about the details. I wanted to make my very best meal each time. I wanted the house to be spotless. I felt like I had to plan entertainment. I worried about mismatched serving dishes. I fretted that my furniture didn’t seem nice enough. And as a result, I don’t think my guests felt entirely comfortable in my home. My anxiety over wanting everything to be perfect translated into guests and a hostess who weren’t entirely at ease. I wanted to be a good hostess, but I just didn’t understand what I was doing wrong.
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Robert Delnay—The SharperIron Interview | Part 3—Keswick View of Sanctification

delnay.jpgI had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Robert Delnay for SI. Dr. Delnay has taught at many fundamental colleges and seminaries during his life. He currently teaches at Clearwater Christian College. I did three interviews with him—the first two about his life and work and about the Northern Baptist Convention.

In this third interview, I asked him about the Keswick view of sanctification.

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The Resurrection Body of Christ the Lord, Part 4

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by John C. Whitcomb, Th.D

As we have seen, it was during mealtimes with His apostles after His resurrection that our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated most convincingly that He was the same person as the One who had died on the cross. But the greatest recognition and appreciation meal with our Lord is still in the future. On that occasion, at the beginning of the millennial kingdom on the 625919_jesus.jpgearth, He will partake again of the juice of grapes. He announced to His apostles, “I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom” (Matt. 26:29, KJV).

Pointedly, He assured them, “That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom” (Luke 22:30). But who else will be invited? Unbelievers will be excluded—by their own choice. Nevertheless, there will an enormous number of participants, including, “Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets… . they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God” (13:28-29).

Soon after He had said this, our Lord “went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread” (14:1). After telling His host how guests should be invited on an impartial basis, “when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God” (14:15).
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Why Stay in Fundamentalism?

tracks.jpgA few hours ago, I carefully listened to an MP3 in which Joe Zichterman, former Bible professor at Northland Baptist Bible College (Dunbar, WI), discusses his reasons for joining the Church-Growth Movement (CGM) in general and Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL) in particular. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has found his presentation both moving and disturbing.

My heart goes out to Joe and to his family because it’s evident to me that he or someone in his family (or both) has suffered something very painful at the hands of fundamentalists. (In the talk, Joe doesn’t target Fundamentalism by name but clearly includes it under the “high-control groups” label.) Whether what was painful was also wrong I’m not in a position to know, but it’s certainly possible.

I’ll respond to a few points in Joe’s presentation, but the larger goal here is to encourage anyone pondering a similar move to rethink his options.
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Thanks from Greg and Jennifer

Reggie wearing an outfit sent by Lee and Michelle BrockI wanted to share a word of thanks to those of you in the SI membership who gave so generously to my family and me. Many of the ladies in the Ladies Forum went in on an “Internet shower” for Jennifer, and others sent clothing and other items separately. Your generosity has been a special blessing to us.
Reggie resting on Dad's shoulderOur new son, Reggie, has been a delight. The whole family is enjoying him. His older sisters can’t get enough kisses and cuddles. Jennifer is recovering well, all things considered, though I do realize, ladies, that is a relatively easy thing for me to type.

I also wanted to share a brief word of thanks to those who contributed to the appreciation gift collected for me after I announced my departure from the SI Admin Team. With the funds collected, I was able to purchase (at very reasonable prices):

A Kodak Easyshare Z650 Digital Camera…
Kodak Easyshare Z650
…and a Toshiba Gigabeat S60 Portable Media Center…
Toshiba Gigabeat S60
…with a nice remnant to invest in further education.

Thanks again for the displays of appreciation and thoughtfulness. Jennifer and I am truly overwhelmed by your expressions of generosity to us.

Marketing Gimmick or Means of Grace? Part 3

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More on the Blessings of Small Groups

Welcome once again to the continuing saga of small-group ministry at Calvary Baptist Church (Joliet, IL). In my previous offerings on this topic, I addressed the motivating factors that led us to begin this type of ministry as well as some of the small_groups.jpglogistical issues that running this type of program brings about.

The general consensus of the feedback that I received from both articles boiled down to essentially one question—“What does it look like?” Certainly, I do not claim to be an expert on all things small groups; however, the Lord has used this ministry in our local assembly, and if our experience can in any way serve other members of the body of Christ, then I will gladly relate what we have learned. So without any further ado, let me explain what you would see on a typical Wednesday evening at Calvary. (Isn’t this exciting? All two of you who are reading this post can stop holding your breath now)

Before I get into specifics, however, let me lay out a couple of foundational principles that I try to consistently emphasize to those in our church who participate in small groups.
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