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December 25, 1997       Christmas Day

 

December 18, 1997       Bob Cooley                  mp3

Christ’s Birthday/Paul & the Urban Church

Luke 2: 1-7

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%202:%201-7;&version=31;

 

Acts 13

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2013;&version=31;

 

Acts 14: 26-28

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2014:%2026-28;&version=31;

 

Acts 18: 23

23After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out from there and traveled from place to place throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.

 

December 11, 1997       Jürgen Liias                 mp3

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 4: 11          Lecture 27                   Apostleship

11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,

 

Matthew 28: 16-20

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2028:%2016-20;&version=31;

 

Acts 6: 1-4

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%206:%201-4;&version=31;

 

The Sanctus, and a Prayer for Apostles

It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should

at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord,

holy Father, almighty, everlasting God.

Through the great shepherd of thy flock, Jesus Christ, our

Lord; who after his resurrection sent forth his apostles to

preach the Gospel and to teach all nations; and promised to

be with them always, even unto the end of the ages.

Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the

company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious

Name; evermore praising thee, and saying,

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts:

Heaven and earth are full of thy Glory.

Glory be to thee, O Lord Most High. Amen.

 

December 4, 1997         Peter Kreeft                  mp3

 “Confessions” by St. Augustine (Frank J. Sheed, translator)

 

Psalm 139

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20139;&version=31;

 

quotations from Confessions

 

November 27, 1997       Thanksgiving

 

November 20, 1997       Bob Cooley                  mp3

Cultural Times of Jesus: The Synagogue – A Tool for Evangelism

Acts 2: 5-12

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%202:%205-12;&version=31;

 

James 1

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James%201;&version=31;

 

November 13, 1997       Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

Revere the Giver, not the Gifts

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 3

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%203;&version31;

 

William Cowper, The Task , V, 738-747:

The Christian looks abroad into the varied field

Of Nature, and though poor perhaps compared

With those whose mansions glitter in his sight,

Calls the delightful scen’ry all his own.

His are the mountains, and the vallies his,

And the resplendent rivers. His t’enjoy

With a propriety that non can feel,

But who with filial confidence inspired,

Can lift to heav’n an unpresumptuous eye,

And smiling say – my father made them all.

 

“Because He Lives” by Bill & Gloria Gaither

God sent His Son, they call Him Jesus,

He came to love, heal, and forgive;

He Lived and died to buy my pardon,

An empty grave is there to prove my Saviour lives.

CHORUS

Because He lives I can face tomorrow,

Because He lives all fear is gone;

Because I know He holds the future.

And life is worth the living just because He lives.

 

November 6, 1997        Peter Kreeft                  mp3

Faith, Works & Justification

Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 1: 1-12

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians%201:%201-12;&version=31;

 

Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 3: 11

11Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.”

 

Paul’s Letter to the Romans 3: 20

20Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

 

Paul’s Letter to the Romans 3: 28

28For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.

 

James 2: 17

17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

 

October 30, 1997          Gordon Hugenberger   mp3

Garment Entitlement

Genesis 3: 21

21The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

 

Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 3: 26-29

26You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27Tfor all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

 

October 23, 1997          Christopher Leighton   mp3

The Gentiles Enter In Through Peter

Acts 10: 34-48

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2010:%2034-48;&version=31;

 

The Message quote

 

October 16, 1997          Bob Cooley                  mp3

Cultural Times of Jesus: The Synagogue

Luke 4: 16-30

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%204:%2016-30;&version=31;

 

October 9, 1997            Jürgen Liias                 mp3

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 4: 7-13       Lecture 26                   Equipped For Ministry

7But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8This is why it says:

  “When he ascended on high,

    he led captives in his train

    and gave gifts to men.” 9(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

 

Psalm 68: 18

18When you ascended on high,

      you led captives in your train;

      you received gifts from men,

      even from the rebellious –

      that you, O LORD God, might dwell there.

 

September 25, 1997      Christopher Leighton   mp3

Peter’s New Paradigm

Acts 10: 1-23

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2010:%201-23;&version=31;

 

The Message quote

 

September 18, 1997      Bob Cooley                  mp3

The Culture of Jesus: The Dead Sea Scrolls

 

Light and Darkness in the New Testament

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 5: 8-9

8For you were once darkness, but now are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)

 

John 3: 16-21

16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

 

September 11, 1997      Jürgen Liias                 mp3

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 4: 1-3         Lecture 25       Maintaining the Unity

1As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

 

Matthew 18: 15-20

15“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or tax collector.

18“I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

19“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

 

John 17: 20-21

20“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

 

Marriage quote

 

September 4, 1997        Peter Kreeft                  mp3

“--- and Receive the Holy Spirit”

Acts 2: 36

36“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

 

Acts 2: 38-39

38Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.

 

August 28, 1997           Peter Kreeft                  mp3

False Witness and Sin

Exodus 20: 1-17

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2020:%201-17;&version=31;

 

August 21, 1997           Bob Cooley                  mp3

The Culture of Jesus: Jewish & Pagan Hostility

Genesis 15: 18-21

18On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates –  19the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21“Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites.”

 

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 2: 12-19

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%202:%2012-19;&version=31;

 

Mark 7

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%207;&version=31;

 

Matthew 4: 25

25Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

 

Mark 5

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%205;&version=31;

 

John 6, Luke 9, Luke 17, etc.

 

August 14, 1997           Jürgen Liias                 mp3

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 4: 1-2         Lecture 24       Believ’n and Behav’n

1As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

 

Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 2: 5-11

5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

6Who, being in very nature God,

      did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,

7but made himself nothing,

      taking the very nature of a servant,

      being made in human likeness.

8And being found in appearance as a man,

      he humbled himself

      and became obedient to death –

        even death on a cross!

9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

      and gave him the name that is above every name,

10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

      in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

      to the glory of God the Father.

 

CS Lewis Miracles quote

 

John 13

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2013;&version=31;

 

August 7, 1997 Christopher Leighton   mp3

Petitioning God

Acts 4: 23-31

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%204:%2023-31;&version=31;

 

Revival by Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1987, Crossway Books)

page 42 (Chapter 3, Unbelief)

... I would make this point urgently because of my profound conviction that until men and women in the Christian Church (I am not thinking of those who are outside) are humbled, and abased, and fall to the earth before this holy, and righteous, yes, to use the term of Jonathan Edwards, angry God, I see no hope of revival.

 

page 20 (Chapter 1, The Urgent Need for Revival Today)

But we shall not be interested in revival until we realise the need of ‘this kind’, the futility of all our own efforts and endeavours and the utter absolute need of prayer, and seeking the power of God alone.

 

July 31, 1997                Gary Pratico                 mp3

Abraham – Faith & Radical Obedience

Genesis 15, 17 & 22

 

Genesis 15: 6

6Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

 

Genesis 22

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2022;&version=31;

 

July 24, 1997                Christopher Leighton   mp3

Peter – From Denial To Revival

Acts 4: 1-22

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%204:%201-22;&version=31;

 

Habakkuk 3: 2

2LORD, I have heard of your fame;

      I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD.

      Renew them in our day,

      in our time make them known;

      in wrath remember mercy.

 

July 17, 1997                Bob Cooley                  mp3

The Culture of Jesus: The Samaritans

John 8: 48

48The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?”

 

2 Kings 17: 24

24The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath and Sepharvaim and settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites. They took over Samaria and lived in its towns. 25When they first lived there, they did not worship the LORD; so he sent lions among them and they killed some of the people. 26It was reported to the king of Assyria: “The people you deported and resettled in the towns of Samaria do not know what the god of that country requires. He has sent lions among them, which are killing them off, because the people do not know what he requires.”

 

July 10, 1997                Jürgen Liias                 mp3

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 3: 14-21    Lecture 23         The Inner & Outer Man

14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

 

Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 4: 16-18, 5: 1

16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

5: 1

1Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

 

John Henry Newman, The Dream of Gerontius

O man, strange composite of heaven and earth!

    Majesty dwarfed to baseness! fragrant flower

Running to poisonous seed! and seeming worth

    Cloaking corruption! weakness mastering power!

 

Blaise Pascal

What a chimera is man! what a confused chaos! what a subject of contradiction! a professed judge of all things, and yet a feeble worm of the earth! the great depository and guardian of truth, and yet a mere huddle of uncertainty! the glory and the scandal of the universe!

 

John Seldon Whale, Christian Doctrine

page 43 (Chapter II, Man and His Sin: the Christian Doctrine of the Fall)

... In short, theirs was neither the easy optimism of the humanist, nor the dark pessimism of the cynic, but the radical realism of the Bible.

 

Evelyn Underhill, The house of the soul

Next, what type of house does the soul live in? It is a two-story house. The psychologist too often assumes that it is a one-roomed cottage with a mud floor; and never even attempts to go upstairs. The extreme transcendentalist sometimes talks as though it were perched in the air, like the lake dwellings of our primitive ancestors, and had no ground floor at all. A more humble attention to facts suggests that neither of these simplifications is true. We know that we have a ground floor, a natural life biologically conditioned, with animal instincts and affinities; and that this life is very important, for it is the product of the divine creativity its builder and maker is God. But we know too that we have an upper floor, a supernatural life, with supernatural possibilities, a capacity for God; and that this, man’s peculiar prerogative, is more important still. If we try to live on one floor alone we destroy the mysterious beauty of our human vocation; so utterly a part of the fugitive and creaturely life of this planet and yet so deeply coloured by Eternity; so entirely one with the world of nature and yet, “in the Spirit,” a habitation of God. “Thou madest him lower than the angels, to crown him with glory and worship.” We are created both in Time and in Eternity, not truly one but truly two; and every thought, word and act must be subdued to the dignity of that double situation in which Almighty God has placed and companions the childish spirit of man.

 

William Barclay, New Testament Words

Agapē has to do with the mind: it is not simply an emotion which rises unbidden in our hearts; it is a principle by which we deliberately live. Agapē has supremely to do with the will. It is a conquest, a victory, and achievement. No one has ever naturally loved his enemies. To love one’s enemies is a conquest of all our natural inclinations and emotions.

    This agapē, this Christian love, is not merely an emotional experience which comes to us unbidden and unsought; it is a deliberate principle of the mind, and a deliberate conquest and achievement of the will. It is in fact the power to love the unlovable, to love people whom we do not like. Christianity does not ask us to love our enemies and to love men at large in the same way as we love our nearest and our dearest and those who are closest to us; that would be at one and the same time impossible and wrong. But it does demand that we should have at all times a certain attitude of the mind and a certain direction of the will towards all men, no matter who they are.

 

July 3, 1997                  Barry Koops                mp3

Christian Education

Lexington Christian Academy (www.lca.edu )

 

June 26, 1997               Steve Barr                    mp3

Suffering & Sin

The First Letter of Peter 4: 1-2

1Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. 2As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.

 

June 19, 1997               Bob Cooley                  mp3

The Culture of Jesus: The Greek Decapolis and its influence

Luke 2: 52

52And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

 

Matthew 10: 5-7

5These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’

 

Mark 7: 1-5

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%207:%201-5;&version=31;

 

June 12, 1997               Bob Cooley                  mp3

The Culture of Jesus: The 3 Periods of Herod the Great

Matthew 10: 5-7

5These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’

 

HerodTree.jpg

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HerodMap.jpg

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June 5, 1997                 Christopher Leighton   mp3

Peter – Revival

Acts 3: 1-10

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%203:%201-10;&version=31;

 

May 29, 1997                Gary Pratico                 mp3

Abraham – Faith & Promises

Hebrews 11: 1

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (New American Standard Bible)

 

Now faith is being certain of what we hope for, being certain of what we cannot see. (paraphrase of NIV)

 

Hebrews 11

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%2011;&version=31;

 

God’s Covenant with Abram

Genesis 15

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2015;&version=31;

 

Genesis 12: 4

4So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran.

 

May 22, 1997                Christopher Leighton   mp3

Peter and the First Revival

Acts 2

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%202;&version=31;

 

May 15, 1997                Bob Cooley                  mp3

The Culture of Jesus: The Diversity in Judaism/Herod & rulers

 

HerodTree.jpg

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Luke 13: 1-5

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2013:%201-5;&version=31;

 

Luke 23: 18-21

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2023:%2018-21;&version=31;

 

Acts 12: 1-3

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2012:%201-3;&version=31;

 

Acts 12: 19-23

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2012:%2019-23;&version=31;

 

Acts 24

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2024;&version=31;

 

The Arch of Titus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arch_of_Titus

 

May 8, 1997                  Jürgen Liias                 mp3

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 3: 13        Lecture 22         Sufferings & Glory & Fatherhood

13I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

 

Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 11: 23-29

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Corinthians%2011:%2023-29;&version=31;

 

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 3: 14-21

14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

 

May 1, 1997                  Peter Kreeft                  mp3

Demons, Infirmities & Burdens

Matthew 8: 16-17

16When evening cam, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. 17This was done to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

    “He took up our infirmities

        and carried our diseases.”

 

April 24, 1997   Christopher Leighton   mp3

Peter, A Transformation

Acts 2: 14-24

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%202:2014-24;&version=31;

 

John R. W. Stott, The Message of Acts: the Spirit, the church & the world

... Fourthly, Pentecost has been called – and rightly – the first ‘revival’, using this word to denote one of those altogether unusual visitations of God, in which the whole community becomes vividly aware of his immediate, overpowering presence.

 

J. I. Packer, A Quest for Godliness

page 36 (Chapter , The Puritans in Profile)

... we may list as marks of revival an awesome sense of the presence of God and the truth of the gospel; a profound awareness of sin, leading to deep repentance and heartfelt embrace of the glorified, loving, pardoning Christ; an uninhibited witness to the power and glory of Christ, with a mighty freedom of speech expressing a mighty freedom of spirit; joy in the Lord, love for his people, and fear of sinning; ...

 

April 17, 1997   Bob Cooley      mp3

The Culture of Jesus: The Greek/Syrian/Heriodian Period

Matthew 2: 1

1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem

 

Acts 6: 1

1In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.

 

John 10: 22-23

22Then came the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.

 

Luke 2: 1-2

1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)

 

April 10, 1997   Jürgen Liias     mp3

The Resurrection

 

John Updike “Seven Stanzas at Easter” poem:

Make no mistake: if He rose at all
it was as His body;
if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules
reknit, the amino acids rekindle,
the Church will fall.

It was not as the flowers,
each soft Spring recurrent;
it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled
eyes of the eleven apostles;
it was as His Flesh: ours.

The same hinged thumbs and toes,
the same valved heart
that — pierced — died, withered, paused, and then
regathered out of enduring Might
new strength to enclose.

Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping transcendence;
making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the
faded credulity of earlier ages:
let us walk through the door.

The stone is rolled back, not papier-mâché,
not a stone in a story,
but the vast rock of materiality that in the slow
grinding of time will eclipse for each of us
the wide light of day.

And if we will have an angel at the tomb,
make it a real angel,
weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair,
opaque in the dawn light, robed in real linen
spun on a definite loom.

Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
for our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are
embarrassed by the miracle,
and crushed by remonstrance.

 

Dr Roger Pilkington, physicist

If matter is no more than an arrangement of energy, then it is perfectly conceivable, even if surprising, that where the sheer essence of the whole creation was poured into human form, the body could dissociate into sheer energy and redistill, as it were, outside the tomb, in a state which was, on the average, more energy than matter, but definitely material enough to have some shape and substance.

 

John Donne, The Works of John Donne [Sermons, Vol IV] page 5

...  One humour of our dead body produces worms, and those worms suck and exhaust all other humour, and then all dies, and all dries, and moulders into dust, and that dust is blown into the river, and that puddled water tumbled into the sea, and that ebbs and flows in infinite revolutions, and still, still God knows in what cabinet every man’s dust lies; and sibilat populum suum, (as his prophet speaks in another case) he whispers, he hisses, he beckons for the bodies of his saints, and in the twinkling of an eye, that body that was scattered over all the elements, is sat down at the right hand of God, in a glorious resurrection.  ...

 

Archbishop Arthur Michael Ramsey quote

 

St. Augustine The City of God, Chapter 19

And consequently overgrown and emaciated persons need not fear that they shall be in heaven of such a figure as they would not be even in this world if they could help it. For all bodily beauty consists in the proportion of the parts, together with a certain agreeableness of color. Where there is no proportion, the eye is offended, either because there is something awanting, or too small, or too large. And thus there shall be no deformity resulting from want of proportion in that state in which all that is wrong is corrected, and all that is defective supplied from resources the Creator knows of, and all that is excessive removed without destroying the integrity of the substance. And as for the pleasant color, how conspicuous shall it be where the just shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father! (Matthew 13:43)

 

April 3, 1997                 Peter Kreeft                  mp3

Jesus and Authority

Matthew 8: 1-17

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%208:201-17;&version=31;

 

March 27, 1997 Christopher Leighton   mp3

“Wildthing” – the Breaking of Peter

Mark 14: 27-31  (Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial)

27“You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written:

“ ‘I will strike the shepherd,

    and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28IBut after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”

 

29Peter declared, “Even if all fall away, I will not.”

 

30“I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “today – yes, tonight – before the rooster crows twice you yourself will disown me three times.”

 

31But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same.

 

March 13, 1997 Jürgen Liias                 mp3

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 3: 12-13    Lecture 21         Access to God

12In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

 

Collect for Palm Sunday

Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts whereby you have given us life and immortality, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Exodus 19

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus%2019;&version=31;

 

Hebrews 4: 14-16

14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. 16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

 

Hebrews 10: 19-22

19Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

 

Hebrews 12: 18-24

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews%2012:%2018-24;&version=31;

 

March 6, 1997   Peter Kreeft                  mp3

Just Do It (End of the Sermon on the Mount)

Matthew 7: 15-29

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%207:2015-29;&version=31;

 

Psalm 1: 6

6For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,

       but the way of the wicked will perish.

 

James 2: 14-26

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James%202:2014-26;&version=31;

 

Matthew 25: 31-46

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2025:2031-46;&version=31;

 

February 27, 1997         Christopher Leighton   mp3

Don’t Ask for Patience

Mark 8: 27-38  (Peter’s Confession of Christ/Jesus Predicts His Death)

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%208:2027-38;&version=31;

 

February 20, 1997         Dr. Kent Hill                 mp3

In the Shadow of Easter (Lent, Easter, Sin & Grace)

 

Psalm 103: 8-18

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20103:208-18;&version=31;

 

February 13, 1997         Jürgen Liias                 mp3

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 3: 2-5       Lecture 17         Revelation by the Spirit/Types of Revelations

2Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.

 

Collect for Lent

Almighty and Everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou

hast made and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:

create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we worthily

lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness may

obtain of Thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and

forgiveness: through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Eberhard Jürgel, God as the Mystery of the World, trans. Darrell L. Guder (Grand Rapids, 1983), p. 158

“revelation means only that God is the unconditional subject of himself and as such is accessible only because and to the extent that he makes himself accessible. Apart from the access to himself which he himself affords, no thinking will ever find its way to him.”

 

Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 3: 11-24

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians%203:2011-24;&version=31;

 

Paul’s Letter to the Romans 1: 18-20

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%201:2018-20;&version=31;

 

Hebrews 1: 1-2

1In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

 

Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 15: 3-7

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%Corinthians%2015:203-7;&version=31;

 

Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 12: 1-12

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%Corinthians%2012:201-12;&version=31;

 

February 6, 1997           Peter Kreeft                  mp3

The Narrow Gate & the Narrow Road

Matthew 7: 13-14

13“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

 

January 30, 1997          Gary Pratico                 mp3

The God of the Old Testament – His Name and Character

 

January 23, 1997          Christopher Leighton   mp3

The Call of Andrew                    John 1:35-42

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%201:2035-42;&version=31;

 

January 16, 1997          Barry Corey                 mp3

What is it about the Cross?        Mark 8:27-38

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%208:%2027-38;&version=31;

 

January 9, 1997            Jürgen Liias                 mp3

Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 3:1-5        Lecture 16         The Center of Paul’s Life

1For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles –  2Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.

 

January 2, 1997            Peter Kreeft                  mp3

The Hard Sayings – We ask, but we don’t get

Matthew 7:7-11

7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 9Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

 10Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

 11If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?