How Creation Can Uplift the Church

first_imgNote: While the editor is out of town, we are bringing you readings of interest from creation books associated with CEH.How Creation Can Uplift the Church(continued from yesterday’s post; excerpted from “Why the Church Must Emphasize Creation,” by David Coppedge).Let’s look at three vivid examples of how the doctrine of creation can empower and uplift the church.Example: Worship.  Worship is big on the radar screen of most churches; isn’t worship the highest function of the corporate body? We gather in the Worship Center, and have our Worship Leader lead us in worship. Yet could it be true that much of what passes for worship today amounts to entertainment (dramatic solos and choral performances and concerts), or trying to get the audience into a certain worship mood? Many contemporary choruses, drowned out by drums and guitars, often say words like You alone I long to worship, you alone are worthy of my praise, yet fail to explain why God is worthy of worship. Creation can lift worship off the reefs of apathy, send it into the open sea and put wind into its sails! “O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds Thy hands have made; I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.” What is the response? “Then sings my soul, my Savior, God to Thee: How great Thou art!  How great Thou art!”Many classic hymns generate worship as a response to pondering the wonders of creation: e.g., When Morning Gilds the Skies, All Creatures of Our God and King, Fairest Lord Jesus, This Is My Father’s World, Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee, For the Beauty of the Earth, O Worship the King. There are some wonderful contemporary Christian songs that also draw attention to creation, but many modern “worship” songs are man-centered, talking about what God does for me, how He makes me “feel.” That is not worship. Worse, some songs are in effect dumbing down the church by repeating mantra-like simplistic phrases: “I just feel like praising the Lord” (repeat 24 times). Compare with the rich poetry of classic creation hymns:O tell of His might, O sing of His grace, whose robe is the light, whose canopy space. His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form, and dark is His path on the wings of the storm.Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite? It breathes in the air, it shines in the light.  It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain, and sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty; all Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea.Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, sun, moon and stars in their courses above, join with all nature in manifest witness to Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.I sing the mighty power of God that made the mountains rise, that spread the flowing seas abroad and built the lofty skies . . . . Lord, how thy wonders are displayed where’er I turn my eye, if I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky!All thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays; stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, blossoming meadow, flashing sea, chanting bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.For another example, see this Student’s Evening Hymn written by James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879), one of the world’s greatest scientists.Reemphasizing creation will reinvigorate worship by getting the mind involved, not just the emotions. Emotion in worship is good and desirable, but must be the caboose, not the engine. The engine is the truth of who God is, and what He has done.Example: Evangelism and Missions.  If you want to win someone to religion, tell an unbeliever “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.” If you want to win someone to the true and living God, tell him “God made you for Himself.” Unless you get the hearer through that point, you are not giving the whole message; it’s like starting at third base. By contrast, what a fantastic thought that we can be children of God who created the heavens!  (See Psalm 8.)Anyone who doubts the effectiveness of creation on missions should watch the excellent short film Ee-taow! from New Tribes Mission. The missionaries to a New Guinea tribe began with creation, not the gospel. They spent time explaining where the tribe was on the planet, in relation to other people groups. They went through some of the beliefs of other groups about origins: where did people come from? (When the tribe heard that some taught people evolved from monkeys, they said, “They’re stupid!”) The missionaries salted the oats by getting the tribe members to question their own creation myth; whose belief is right? “We don’t know,” they responded. Now, the missionaries launched into Genesis, and explained how the great Creator made the universe and the world and people, and how people sinned and incurred judgment. They took weeks going through the Old Testament covenants and sacrifices, laying the foundation for the Lamb of God. By the time they got to the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, everything clicked, and the results were dramatic! The whole tribe converted and erupted into a dance of jubilation that went on for hours! Why? Because they understood the foundation: the Creator of the universe had come to earth and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sin. This made sense to them: it was not just white man’s religion trying to talk them out of their own beliefs and traditions. It was the Creator’s message to the world! It liberated them from their superstitions and fears. Truly, it was good tidings of great joy for all people!Few parts of the world have a creation foundation today; many parts of the world assume Darwinism is true (like Europe and China), or pantheism, which is similar. The doctrine of creation is essential to help pagan tribes – and civilized societies – understand the context of Christ’s redemptive work. Jesus said, If they believe not Moses’ writings, [including the Genesis creation account], how will they believe My words?Example: Expository Preaching.  “Preach the word!” Paul exhorts (II Tim 4:2). Amen! In theory, a Bible teacher will cover the whole counsel of God, given enough time, preaching verse by verse (that may take many years, with a near complete audience turnover by the time he finishes the New Testament). But in practice, advocates of expository preaching are often very selective about what parts of the Word they preach, sometimes spending weeks or months on one chapter in an epistle, but virtually ignoring hundreds of references to creation throughout the rest of the Bible. Though the NT speaks often of creation, many key passages on the doctrine are in the OT; these cannot be rightly neglected when preaching out of the NT, without taking into account their weighted emphasis in Bible doctrine as a whole. Even the choice to exposit the NT more than the OT is being selective. This is understandable; what preacher wants to spend the same relative amount of time on nine chapters of genealogies in I Chronicles as he does on Romans 8? But any selectivity undermines the premise of preaching the whole counsel of God with the emphasis the Bible itself gives.It is apparent, therefore, in practice, that no matter the method, the Bible teacher faces the need to decide what to emphasize. This requires prayer, understanding of the times, understanding of the people, mature wisdom, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He is called to shepherd the flock of God (I Peter 5:2); this requires knowing where the wolves are as well as the green grass, which is more plentiful, and which is of higher concern at the moment. It is doubtful that the Apostles, who did not even have the New Testament, went through a systematic exposition without discerning the needs of the hearers; would it have been appropriate to teach for a month on marriage during a wave of intense persecution, for instance? New Testament books use reason (like Romans and Hebrews) or persuasion (like Galatians) to address specific issues facing their readers. It is a worthy goal to eventually cover every verse in the Bible, but with today’s mobile population, what happens? A new member under an expository preacher lands in I Cor. 7 and moves out of state by chapter 14, never really getting the balanced counsel expected.The result is, expository teaching is necessarily selective. Either by the preacher’s choices, or the listener’s availability, not everyone in the pew is going to hear the whole Bible taught at the same pace. Preaching the Word requires sound judgment.Clearly Paul would not have advocated a blind, mechanical method of preaching the Word on some arbitrary timetable, oblivious to the circumstances the church was in. He even says so, forcefully, in the classic expository-preaching passage, II Tim. 4. Let’s look at the context of Paul’s exhortation to preach the Word. Paul, who discerned the needs of his audience and preached accordingly (II Cor. 9:19-22 – all things to all men), continues, For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. This prophecy has come true in the worldwide acceptance of Darwinism and its fruits, relativism and postmodernism. So if we are to preach the Word as Paul prescribed (and in this passage, written shortly before his martyrdom, we must consider the earnestness of his plea), we must reprove, rebuke, exhort (v. 2) the world with the message it needs in our day: There is a Creator, and you are accountable to Him. Then, when expository preaching is linked to the need of the hour, it’s wielding the sword of the Spirit with power and precision!SummaryThe doctrine of creation is the rising tide that lifts all the church’s fleet, the fertile soil in which a bountiful crop of ministry grows, and the tool kit for the man of God. And no, creation is not just a hammer. It’s a skill saw, router, socket wrench, screwdriver set, drill press, sander, pliers, sledge hammer, crowbar, level, pipe wrench, paintbrush, shovel, rake, wheelbarrow, tractor . . . .Note: this series of essays continues with five Biblical reasons why the church must emphasize creation. 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Abhinav Mukund, Parthiv Patel and Suresh Raina to lead Duleep Trophy teams

first_imgAbhinav Mukund, Parthiv Patel and Suresh Raina will lead the India Red, Green and Blue teams respectively in the upcoming Duleep Trophy, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed on Wednesday.The tournament, to be held from September 7 to 29, will be played with the pink ball like last year in Lucknow and Kanpur.The league stage will be played in a round-robin format with each game lasting four days while the final will be a five-day match starting from September 25.The squads for the three teams are as follows:India Red: Abhinav Mukund (Captain), Priyank Panchal, Sudip Chatterjee, SIahank Jaggi, Ambati Rayadu, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Baba Indrajith, K Gowtham, Karn Sharma, Basil Thampi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ashok Dinda, Rahul Singh and CV Milind.Reuters PhotoIndia Green: Murali Vijay, R Samparth, P Chopra, Shreyas Iyar, Karun Nair, Ankit Bhwane, Pathiv Patel (Captain), Shahbaz Nadeem, Parvez Rasool, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Dagar, Nitin Saini and Aniket Choudhary.India Blue: Suresh Raina (Captain), Samit Gohel, KS Bharat, AR Easwaran, Manoj Tiwary, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, Ishan Kishan, Jayant Yadav, Bhargav Bhatt, KM Gandhi, Ishant Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot, S Kamat and Jaydev Unadkatlast_img read more

2008 World All Schools Tournament

first_imgA massive 262 touch football teams will be converging on White Hills Reserve Brisbane for the 4th World All Schools Tournament. The tournament will be held from Thursday 9 October until Sunday 12 October.  This is the second time the tournament will be held in Brisbane, after the city hosted the second tournament in 2003. Singapore hosted the tournament in 2006, with Southport, Queensland the first ever host in 2001.last_img

Notre Dame’s Malik Zaire Drops Cryptic Tweet About Upcoming QB Battle

first_imgMalik Zaire pictured in a kitchen.Notre Dame will have a quarterback competition this off-season between redshirt sophomore Malik Zaire and incumbent Everett Golson. Both players played well in the program’s Music City Bowl win over LSU, and each candidate brings a different skill set to the table. In order to play a high-profile position such as quarterback at Notre Dame, one needs to have an abundance of self-confidence. If his Twitter this morning is any indication, Zaire is very confident in his own abilities.Never apologize for being confident in yourself.— Malik Zaire (@LuckyLefty8) March 5, 2015If you think you should have my spot. Play me for it. -KD— Malik Zaire (@LuckyLefty8) March 5, 2015The second tweet is a quote from NBA superstar Kevin Durant in regards to criticism that he was unworthy of a starting spot in this year’s All-Star game after missing time due to injury. Zaire seems ready to bring it on the field, and he should be a formidable competitor for Golson at the very least.last_img read more

South Carolina’s Will Muschamp Takes Shot At Michigan

first_imgWill Muschamp fired up after a call.COLUMBIA, SC – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Will Muschamp of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts after a call during their game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 29, 2016 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has really stirred the pot when it comes to satellite football camps and the SEC, sparking constant debate through the early months of 2016. So when head coaches of the SEC gathered for spring meetings Tuesday, it should come as no surprise it was once again a hot topic. But it was more than just Nick Saban banging on his podium during a heated rant – South Carolina’s Will Muschamp got in on the fun, too. So when the topic of Michigan camping in Florida was brought up by media members, Muschamp felt the perfect way to respond was to take a jab at Michigan, the state. 3HL 1045 The Zone and’s Chris Vannini were on the scene and share these quotes on Twitter.Muschamp on Michigan, “It’s only nice about 3 months a year up there.”— #3HL (@3HL1045) May 31, 2016Will Muschamp on Harbaugh spring trip: “Have you ever been in Michigan in March? I’d go to Florida, too.”— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) April 4, 2016Shots fired. This won’t be the last we hear on the topic.[Diehard Sport]last_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Support Youth in Juvenile Remand Centres

first_img Mr. Lee-Chin told JIS News that Trust for the Americas will be leading the charge for support by designing a programme for the girls at the Centre “that will give them the support they need”. “Those of us who have a voice in the system and power in the marketplace should make sure we extend those facilities to those of our daughters in (juvenile remand centres) who don’t have a voice… to give them the (opportunity) to be contributory citizens eventually,” he said. Story Highlights Chairman of the non-profit organisation, Trust for the Americas, Michael Lee-Chin, is calling on influential individuals to provide support for youth, specifically girls in juvenile remand centres, so they can be in a better position to thrive when they leave the system. Chairman of the non-profit organisation, Trust for the Americas, Michael Lee-Chin, is calling on influential individuals to provide support for youth, specifically girls in juvenile remand centres, so they can be in a better position to thrive when they leave the system.“Those of us who have a voice in the system and power in the marketplace should make sure we extend those facilities to those of our daughters in (juvenile remand centres) who don’t have a voice… to give them the (opportunity) to be contributory citizens eventually,” he said.The Chairman was speaking during a visit to the South Camp Road Juvenile Remand and Correctional Centre on Wednesday (December 13).Mr. Lee-Chin told JIS News that Trust for the Americas will be leading the charge for support by designing a programme for the girls at the Centre “that will give them the support they need”.“The good thing is that they are in a captive environment (in a positive way) where we can influence them in terms of values, in terms of getting them caught up with school. In fact, they should be ahead of their peers, and at the same time, we have to look at transitioning, so that they never come back in this situation and that they are optimistic that they can be contributing citizens to Jamaica,” he said.“Our job is to help you to get to that point where you feel confident, you feel optimistic, you feel like a good person. We are going to do whatever it takes to help you be transformed from who you think you are now to the beautiful person that is within you,” he assured the girls.In the meantime, State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr.; and State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, who accompanied Mr. Lee-Chin on the tour of the facility, welcomed the support already being provided under the New Path initiative as well as the additional support that will be forthcoming.A New Path was implemented by the Organization of American States (OAS) and Trust for the Americas, with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project, which began in January 2015, was scheduled to end in January 2017 but has been extended until September 2019.The Trust for the Americas, in collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS), currently works with young offenders in juvenile centres across the island, including South Camp Road, under its ‘A New Path’ initiative. It also targets youth in State care facilities and the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP).The initiative aims to provide hope to marginalised young people who have come into conflict with the law, by providing them with the requisite skills for reintegration into the society.The Programme is designed to enhance the youngsters’ emotional well-being, which it is anticipated will contribute to reduced recidivism and, ultimately, reduced crime and violence.It offers and facilitates weekly counselling, the implementation of educational and vocational training, conflict-resolution programmes as well as opportunities for apprenticeship and internship. It works on key areas that can enable the successful economic and social integration of youth.Also included in the initiative is a music programme, in collaboration with the National Youth Orchestra, and a sports aspect facilitated by the Youth Development Network.last_img read more

Noble Group Offloads One More Kamsarmax

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Hong Kong-based commodities trader Noble Group has entered into a sale deal with Fairmyl Shipping Limited and Transmed Shipping Limited for a Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier vessel.The company will cash in USD 23.4 million from the vessel sale which is expected to be completed by September 30, 2018.The net proceeds from the sale after payment of relevant mortgage facility will amount to approximately USD 8.2 million, Noble said.The vessel is 2014-built Ocean Ambition, flagged in Hong-Kong. The 81,616 dwt bulker is employed to service external customers as well as Noble Group’s internal freight requirements.Following the completion of the proposed disposal, Noble Group intends to charter back the vessel on a time charter basis.The ship is part of a quartet Noble put up for sale in November last year hoping to raise a total of USD 95 million in order to cut debt.The ships also include 2015-built Ocean Forte, 2015-built Ocean Integrity, which was sold in March  and 2015-built Ocean Vision sold in April.last_img read more

Woman found dead in bathroom of her house

first_imgNew Delhi: A woman was found dead in the bathroom of her house in Delhi’s Mandawali area, according to Delhi Police.Mandawali police station received a call at about 2:52 pm on Sunday that a woman, identified as Poonam by police, had locked herself in her house for two days. When police reached the spot, the caller identified himself as the 45-year-old woman’s brother. He told police that she lived alone in the house and was not receiving his calls for two days. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice said that the deceased’s brother entered through the window, in the presence of the PCR team and discovered his sister’s dead body in the bathroom. DCP (East), Jasmeet Singh said that five years ago Poonam had lost her husband, whom she was married to for 17 years. She had been living alone since then and was suffering from depression, he added. DCP Singh also mentioned that no injury marks were present on the body and that no foul play is suspected in this case. Police added that necessary inquest proceedings have been initiated.last_img read more

Microsoft 365 gets more privacy controls

first_imgSan Francisco: With the aim of helping organisations strengthen their data privacy practices, Microsoft has added new features to “Microsoft 365” that include controls to automatically expire or revoke access to encrypted emails and data investigation capabilities. “Microsoft 365” is an integrated bundle of Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS) solutions by the tech giant, sold on a subscription basis. “Now with Office 365 Advanced Message Encryption, admins have additional controls to automatically expire or revoke access to encrypted emails through a secure web portal,” Rudra Mitra, Partner Director of Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “For example, with Advanced Message Encryption, you can leverage sensitive information types – such as health Ids – and automatically encrypt and expire the message after 30 days, which may be specified by the organisation’s internal or external compliance requirement,” Mitra added. The update in Microsoft 365 also allows organisations to quickly delete sensitive information in the event of a data leak. “In the event of a data leak, you can create an investigation to search and identify impacted content or people, then delete the email messages that may contain confidential information to prevent end users from accessing the content,” Mitra said. Microsoft also added new features in Teams, including data loss prevention and information barriers, to help organisations prevent sensitive information unintentionally being shared or leaked when using Teams. Microsoft Teams is designed to improve workplace collaboration by bringing together chats, meetings, and calling in a more secure and compliant way.last_img read more