Archive for August, 2008

13
Aug
08

My Sermon:Worth Hearing

“Christian Gnosticism – The Great Evangelical Error”  

 

Preached at Bethany Church

Minneapolis, Minnesota

“Son, there are only two kinds of preachers. Some preachers have to say something while others have something to say.” 

                             Harry Hedrick

                                                      

Occasionally, the Lord seems to give me an idea. Since I work out of the prophetic I sometimes have to wait until I feel that I have just the right thing. When in Minneapolis at Matt’s, I spoke on Sunday morning in his pulpit. You can find the message at www.bethanytc.org under “Media”. It should be about three or four down on the Podcast list. For years I have been troubled by those who started out with us on “The Way” but fell out and no longer have an interest in spiritual things. I could name them but most of them you already know who they are that have lost heart. Some have not entirely stopped attending church but have no real passion for the things of God.

People attribute this apostasy to all sorts of things. I’m sure that some attribute their spiritual demise to me, something I said or did, or did not do, or should have done. I could go on and on ad nauseum as I have created my fair share of havoc in the Kingdom of God. But, the truth is, we all get wounded and disappointed. There is a devil and this work, as I understand it, is his primary activity (See: Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis). In reality, most who lay the blame for their falling away on God or someone else have some other reason, like the sins of the flesh (ehr… sex), or anger, jealousy, bitterness and on and on. 

So, it didn’t work out like you planned. You’ve had to face a few headwinds of adversity? The fact is, I have as much reason as anyone for throwing in the towel. Preachers get more hits than any others that I know. Just you walk in some Sunday morning and find a cranky and anonymous letter laying on your pulpit. Work hard for a family, being called out in the middle of the night just to have them, in a split second, forget all that you ever did and move on to another church (or not). Learn after years of friendship that they now have nothing good to say about you. I have not yet, “resisted unto blood.”

Jesus received more than His fair share of wounding. One betrayed him with a kiss, another denied him and one wouldn’t believe until he saw it with his own eyes. So, BIG DEAL. Why all of the whinning? Surprise! Buy a copy of “Disappointment with God,” by Philip Yancey and get over it. Better yet, make a trip to Darfur. That should do it.

Also visit www.adventive.ca and under the “Resources” tab, Audio/Visual you will see my sermon entitled, “Risk.” I think this is another message with good content. It is most certainly a more optimistic piece of work.

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12
Aug
08

Thunder Bay Family and Ministry Visit

Yes, she's cute! My oldest grand daughter, Alysha at twelve. The Hedrick's took me out for my birthday supper. Here I caught Alysha charming her dad. She is able to sap him of all strength.

 

 

My oldest grand daughter, Alysha at thirteen. The Hedrick’s took me out for my birthday supper. Here, I caught Alysha charming her dad. She is able to sap him of all strength.

Regrettably, the Sky and Angie Hedrick clan of Thunder Bay, Ontario didn’t make it down for the reunion so I went up to see them over the weekend and in the process of having a good visit, preached at Grassroots Church where they attend. 

One of my all time favorite people. My grandson Justin at fifteen. He is a very likeable and principled young man.

One of my all time favorite people. My grandson Justin at fifteen. He is a very likeable and principled young man.

 Sky and Angie oversee a “heart of the city” ministry in downtown Thunder Bay. They reach out to the homeless and marginalized, many of whom are First Nation peoples.  Every week hundreds of the hurting and disenfranchised drop in for coffee and encouragement. They are doing an amazing thing and real pioneers!

GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY

I have known the Grassroots people for almost six or seven years. Pastor Chris and his wife Shawnee are among my dearest friends. They began with a handfull of friends and in a few years have managed to grow to a congregation of nearly 140 people.

The new home of the Grassroots Community on Balmoral Street.

The new home of the Grassroots Community on Balmoral Street.

 They, for a period of about six years hosted a residential training school called “Great Commission Bible Institute” where I have taught on many occasions. They took a “Through the Bible” approach and produced some exemplary believers. Just recently they were able to assume a large and well equipped building where they hope to begin the school again. I am glad to have been a part of their work and hope I continue to contribute to their influence and growth. 

Interior Sunday morning view of Grassroots at worship. I preached there on Sunday morning to a crowd of about 100 or more. Simple, relevant and Authentic. If ever in Thunder Bay, grassroots is a good place to hang your hat.

Interior Sunday morning view of Grassroots at worship. I preached there on Sunday morning to a crowd of about 100 or more. Simple, relevant and Authentic. If ever in Thunder Bay, Grassroots is a good place to hang your hat.

12
Aug
08

Bethany College of Missions / Minneapolis

Bethany College of Missions in Minneapolis where I taught for ten years.

Bethany College of Missions in Minneapolis where I taught for ten years.

About three times each year I fly up to Minneapolis where I teach such courses as “Acts”, “Corinthians” and more often, “Communicating Christian Thought in a Post-Christian / Post-Modern World.” I spent mornings with about 65 students who are preparing to serve in missions around the world. They were a very attentive and enjoyable group from all over the United Staes, canada and various parts of the world.
Here's a snap of the crowded classroom.

Here's a snap of the crowded classroom.

I really enjoy the interaction with these keen young people.
Over the past few years we have had the advantage of hosting some of the Teen Mania Honor Academy graduates. They ahve proven to be a great addition to the student body. Both organizations do a terrific job in developing Christian attitudes and minds. While I love the lecture portions I could do without the grading of papers.
11
Aug
08

Family Reunion Pics / Minneapolis

We were able to bring together most of the Hedrick and Greenhouse clan for a week of what the Hedrick’s do best – eating. We celebrated the baptism of Joel Haley, the last of the Haley boys, in Bush Lake. Grandpa Tony did the honors for the third one (John David and Jacob) in a row.

Jake, Jesse Greenhouse and John David drinking Frappacino's at Fourbucks in Bloomington.

Jake, Jesse Greenhouse and John David drinking Frappacino's at Fourbucks in Bloomington.

Grandpa Tony with number nine, Leyton.

Grandpa Tony with number nine, Leyton.

We celebrated Rachel’s 40th birthday and I got to see, for the first time, Leyton O’Neal, Matt and Noemi’s newest. Here are a few pictures of the people and events.

At The Mall of America. Noemi and Adriah (front) Rachel and Dylan (back).

At The Mall of America. Noemi and Adriah (front) Rachel and Dylan (back).

Dylan would have preferred to have been home in his bed. He, by now, had his fill of rides.
Dylan on his new trike... a slightly happpier version of the same kid.

Dylan on his new trike... a slightly happier version of the same kid.

 Adriah is ordering “S’more.”

Adriah on the swing in the Greenhouse backyard.

Adriah on the swing in the Greenhouse backyard.