Our reading group starts on June 6th and Bro. Jeff recommend the title we’ll be going through – Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times – highly!  Please make plans to join us!  Of course, with summer travels and events no participant can be at every meeting but being at the ones you can will be, I trust, very beneficial.  Details are below.

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The summer reading/discussion group will start on Saturday, June 6!  If you are a regular attender, please add this to your calendar—and confirm that you will be part of the summer group

If you’re not a regular or if it’s been sometime since you were part of the group, this is an invitation—please make plans to join us.  And let me know your plans to attend.

We will be reading Renaissance:  The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times by Os Guinness.  Also, go ahead and order your copy of the book.  Even if you can’t attend the reading group, I’d encourage you to purchase and read the book.

I’m hoping that our first session can be a video of Dr. Guinness speaking about Renaissance. He recently gave this talk at the Acton Institute in Michigan.  When I inquired when the video would be online, the good folks at Acton said they would do me one better—they’d just send me a CD of the talk.  Hopefully, I’ll have that talk for our first meeting/discussion on June 6.

Here are three introductory quotes from Renaissance which will give you an idea of where Dr. Guinness goes in the book.

After half a millennium of dominance, the West is being eclipsed in the global era, the United States as the lead society in the West stands on the verge of relative if not absolute decline, and much of the Christian Church in both Europe and North America is in a sorry state of weakness, confusion, unfaithfulness and cultural captivity.

The truth is that the greatest enemy of the Western church is not the state or any ideology such as atheism, but the world and the spirit of the age.Anything less than a full-blooded expression of the Christian faith has no chance of standing firm against the assaults and seductions of the advanced modern world. So when the church becomes worldly, she betrays her Lord, and she also fails to live up to her calling to be dangerously different—and thus to provide deliverance from the world by a power that is not of the world.

What we also need is a constructive overarching vision of Christian engagement in today’s advanced modern world, one that is shaped by faith in God and a Christian perspective rather than by current wisdom, and one that can inspire Christians to move out with courage to confront the best and worst that we may encounter.

A very helpful review of Renaissance, with lots of quotes, can be found online at the website of the Australian ethicist and apologist Bill Muehlenberg.

Time: 8:30-10:00 a.m. – Saturday mornings
Location:  Peachtree Learning Center
Address: 420 N. Walnut (at the intersection of Walnut and 4th streets)

YSFM

Tomorrow at Midway Baptist Church starting at 7:00am – rain or shine – you will find a yard sale chock full of goodies.  The proceeds from each sale will go to support mission work through West Haven Baptist Church in the Smokey Mountains with Chilhowee Area Ministries (Click HERE to learn more about CHARM’s work).

Up for sale are tables, desks, a dog crate, housewaress, lots of clothing and other misc. items. Refreshments will also be on sale.

Drop by!

Hello,

There has been a slight venue change for The Humanitas Forum‘s lectures on C.S. Lewis’ Life, Conversion, and Work which we posted about previously.

Tonight’s session (4/24) is being moved from the TN Tech Nursing Building to the S.T.E.M. Center.  Updated details are below:

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We have a last minute change in venue for this Friday’s Humanitas Forum.  The auditorium in the Nursing and Health Science build was double booked for this Friday evening.

We will be meeting in the Millard Oakley S.T.E.M. Center, 155 W. 7th Street.  The STEM Center is two blocks west of the nursing building on 7th Street—going west toward Willow Avenue.  For a map, click here.

The Saturday morning talk will be at Peachtree Learning Center as previously scheduled.

Please join us as Dr. Hal Poe discusses the life and work of one of the most able defenders of Christianity in the 20th century.

The Humanitas Forum

on Christianity and Culture

  1. S. Lewis: His Life and Work

From Ardent Atheist to Mere Christian

Dr. Hal Poe

Friday, April 24, 2015 (7 p.m.) – Tennessee Tech Nursing Building Auditorium

Saturday, April 25, 2015 (9 a.m.) – Peachtree Learning Center

  1. S. Lewis, Apologist

Life’s Big Questions – Pain, Evil and Suffering

Dr. Hal Poe holds the Charles Colson Chair of Faith and Culture at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. The author of many books and articles on how the gospel intersects culture, Dr. Poe has written numerous articles on C. S. Lewis and co-edited C. S. Lewis Remembered.

 

 

Admission:  Free
Co-sponsors: Campus Outreach at Tennessee Tech; Ratio Christi at Tennessee Tech
Place/Time: Millard Oakley S.T.E.M. Center, Auditorium, 155 West 7th Street

Friday, April 24 ~ 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

 

Peachtree Learning Center, 402 North Walnut Avenue

Saturday, April 25 ~ 9:00 a.m. (doors open at 8:40 am)

Contact:  Michael Poore, Director, The Humanitas Forum, (931) 239-8735,[email protected]
Website/Blog: www.humanitas.org

 

The Humanitas Forum on Christianity and Culture

Dr. Hal Poe
Union University’s Charles Colson Professor of Faith & Culture

HPC.S. Lewis: His Early Life From Ardent Atheist to Mere Christian

Friday, April 24, 2015 (7 p.m.) – Tennessee Tech Nursing Building Auditorium

C.S. Lewis, Apologist on Life’s Big Questions – Pain, Evil and Suffering

Saturday, April 25, 2015 (9 a.m.) – Peachtree Learning Center

 

 

Admission:  Free
Co-sponsors: Campus Outreach at Tennessee Tech; Ratio Christi at Tennessee Tech
Place/Time: TTU Nursing and Health Science Building Auditorium, 10 West 7th Street

Friday, April 24 ~ 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

 

Peachtree Learning Center, 402 North Walnut Avenue

Saturday, April 25 ~ 9:00 a.m. (doors open at 8:40 am)

Contact:  Michael Poore, Director, The Humanitas Forum,(931) 239-8735, [email protected]
Website/Blog: www.humanitas.org

 

 

From Bro. Jeff:

Hello,

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and warm.  If that isn’t the case please reply to this message or contact me and we will get help to you.

I’m writing because after considering several factors I have decided to cancel services tomorrow (2/22/15).  I made this call after consulting with a number of members as well as our current chairman of deacons and believe it puts our members and guests in the safest position, particularly after reading the latest National Weather Service Alert for our area.  However, the decision was made with great reluctance and regret.  I will miss worshiping with our church family on tomorrow’s Lord’s Day.

This decision will have ramifications for other events.  First, the college luncheon scheduled for tomorrow afternoon won’t take place this week.  Bro. Jonathan will be in contact regarding rescheduling or the next lunch date at a later point.  Second, our scheduled Member’s Meeting will be rolled over until next week (following our study of Biblical Eldership at 6:00pm) on Sunday (3/1/15).  Third, we expect to hold our regularly scheduled Wed. evening service this week (2/25/14).  Finally, the CROSS simulcast Friday night will not be affected (based on current weather forecasts).

Before closing please let me encourage you to spend time in worship tomorrow as, regardless of our circumstances, it is eternally good news that Christ has come, suffered, and on the third day risen from the dead so that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations.  I love particularly Paul’s closing from 2nd Corinthians so I’ll use it to close this note: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
bro jeff