“If we are people who come to the Church merely in order to get some personal help and no more, then we are the veriest babes in Christ” – Martin Lloyd-Jones
Davis Funeral Home announces-
A memorial service will be held Tuesday September 16, 2014 beginning at 4:00 PM at Frozen Head State Park, Shelter B. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family at the memorial service of an account has been set up for Angela at any Citizens First Bank location.
At the site of the memorial service the family and friends of Fred will also share a meal, so if you would like to provide some food, please feel free to do so. Please deliver the food to Shelter B before the service.
The world is a realm of wrongdoing, and the devil is lord over it. Those who do not believe are citizens of the world, submit to its rule, and, together with the world, are in the power of the evil one.
But those who believe tear themselves away from the world and the realm of wickedness and are gathered into the realm of faith and salvation.
Therefore a Christian should trust no one; but everyone should act as though he were dealing with one who is evil, with a foe and an enemy— should act as though he were dealing with one who is ungrateful, and should expect persecution and the height of ingratitude in return for deeds of kindness.
For what do they pay for our troubles? Nothing else than their desire that we be thrust into hell and be afflicted with evils of every kind. For the greatest deeds of kindness they return the greatest deeds of wickedness. Accordingly, this passage pertains to patience. — Martin Luther (on 1 John 5:19).
Some of you may be aware that I have been working on a Commentary series covering every book of the Bible for a pretty long time. The volumes have been positively reviewed by scholars around the world (for which I’m appreciative) – but the review written by Gareth has to be shared. Gareth has reviewed the Corinthian correspondence in the Commentary for his institution’s Newsletter. He writes
Saint Paul knew more than I can ever imagine about Christians living in tension with the Gospel and with each other, and his several letters to the Church in Corinth are pivotal to the entire New Testament. Which is why I am so pleased to mention here some recent commentaries by a friend of mine, Jim West, on I and II Corinthians.
Subtitled ‘for the Person in the Pew’, and published by Quartz Hill Publishing House of Quartz Hill School of Theology, California, these two commentaries are in fact part of a much larger project by West to write similar commentaries on every book of the Bible, and to make them available in print and electronically for everyone to read. That project is now nearly completed and the results are tremendous.
I think there are three main reasons why these commentaries are so successful. First, West is a first-class Biblical scholar, one who makes the intelligent critical study of the text central to his theological interpretation. That commitment is rarer than one might imagine and to have it realized across the entire Bible is an astonishing feat that gives us now a unique resource.
Second, and delightfully, Jim West is a great writer: his pages fizz with sharp words and phrases and he appears incapable of saying anything boring about these texts. This ability keeps us reading along with him and, more importantly, reading along with Saint Paul. I have rarely come across any Christian writing project, aimed at ‘the person in the pew’, that has succeeded so brilliantly in bringing alive its subject matter.
Third, West couldn’t dodge an issue if his life depended on it, which can be an uncomfortable position for a Christian theologian. Corinth, as with most churches in most places, had some strange people believing and practising some odd things. The knack, as West points out, is to engage them endlessly with love and grace rather than self-righteous anger, but to engage them: ‘Paul lived with a purpose. And he urges the Corinthians to do the same. As we all who name the name of Christ must’ (West on I Cor. 9:27, p.60).
I am going to be talking to Jim about making these commentaries available through Ming Hua’s website, but in the meantime please do visit Logos and inspect them for yourselves if you have the time: you will find them a superb companion to your own reading of the Bible and, as importantly, a great reminder of just how much the early Church struggled with some of the same problems we face now.
Gareth Jones, Principle
Ming Hua Theological College
“A mere Sunday religion is not enough. A thing put on and off with our Sunday clothes is powerless” – J.C. Ryle
Most of you, or many of you, have already been made aware of Fred’s death. Please remember the family and friends. Here is the news report, including the video, if you have not yet seen it.