On May 14th, I attended an event here in Indianapolis featuring a 75-year-old Tibetan watch repairman named Tenzin Gyatso. He is better known as the 14th Dalai Lama, the Buddhist spiritual leader of Tibet, who lives in exile in India. This was his second visit to Indianapolis; and, having just taught on Buddhism at Heather Hills, I decided to see first-hand what the Dalai Lama was all about. There has always been a curious side of me in relation to people of fame, whether in religion, politics, sports, or entertainment. I want to see beyond the mask. This doesn’t always work out so well. For example, I remember when I was a pastoral intern in 1992, I went to a faith healing service with famed religious leader Ernest Angley. I made two mistakes: I took a video camera with me and…my mom. Continue reading »
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This morning in a special business meeting of Heather Hills Baptist Church, the congregation called Jon Kirby to be our Associate Pastor of Spiritual Development with an 87% approval vote. Pastor Kirby will largely focus on the areas of discipleship and Christian education at Heather Hills.
We welcome Jon, Janel, Amber, Alisha, Tanner, Abby, and Trent to our church family and eagerly await their mid-June arrival!
This brings to an end a nearly five-month search with over fifty resumes having been reviewed. We are grateful to the work of the search committee and praise the Lord for His leading!
Pastor Kirby’s message which was read to the congregation today following the call was:
I praise God for the confirmation of His call on my life to minister alongside Pastor Brian, Pastor Bob and the Leadership Team at Heather Hills Baptist Church. The Kirby family is eager to be with you and to build Christ’s Kingdom together. Our focus will be to follow Christ with all our hearts while manifesting the fruit of the Spirit to each other and to the world. By His grace we will all accomplish these goals together for His great glory. Colossians 1:9-10 says, “we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” See you as soon as possible.
Praise the Lord! He is good!
After 4 months of searching and investigating over 50 resumes, I am excited to announce that Heather Hills is candidating a man for our new position of Associate Pastor of Spiritual Development! It has been a rich process thus far and we have been able to interact with many godly men around the country who are seeking the Lord’s will. However, in the end, one of our applicants has risen to the top of the list and has been unanimously recommended to our congregation by both the search committee and leadership team. Continue reading »
Today, Deborah and I had the day off from the Shepherd’s Conference so we tackled two prestigious locations. The first was the resting place of my favorite U.S. President. The second was the resting place of the most famous sign in the world. Continue reading »
At that time Matthew Murray was enrolled in the Youth With a Mission training center in Arvada, Colorado, preparing to go overseas with a ministry team.
How different was Matthew from the best Christian young people you know?
- Came from a “very, very” religious family
- Had an Uncle who is a pastor.
- Participated in Youth Missions training.
Fast-forward to Sunday, December 9th, 2007. Continue reading »
Rise up, O men of God.
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and mind
And soul and strength
To serve the King of kings.
I recently heard someone say that, in twenty-five years, one in five people will be over the age of 65. One in ten will be 80 years or older. As I look around my community and even within my church, I see this reality looming on the horizon.
I was always taught to value the aged. The hoary heads, as the Old Testament puts it, have wisdom. They have been where I have not been and seen what I have not seen. And yet, something bothers me. Continue reading »
The sun beat down on our heads as we descended the several flights of stairs to our destination. Millions have walked this path, yet it was special for me, very special. Finally, ducking my head through the entrance, I entered the cave. It was dark and much smaller than I had imagined. There was the place where he slept. I could see clearly the chiseled area he used as a desk to pen the book. I felt as if I was walking on holy ground. Continue reading »
Last Friday, April 27, 2007, Dr. Bob Webber entered into the presence of God at the end of a long bout with cancer. He is now having the time of his life. If you want to read his bio, click here.
Bob was not a fundamentalist. In fact, though he began his educational pursuits at Bob Jones University, he actually ended up an evangelical Episcopalian! Obviously, he and I would see many things–many things–differently.
Bob Webber, however, is one of my heroes. Continue reading »
As a result of a recent discussion at my favorite blog in the world, SharperIron, I have again come to wrestle internally with various aspects of Christian character and how they are communicated to a watching world. The following is just my thinking over the issues. I did not supply supporting Bible passages for each assertion, but can if it would be helpful for anyone.
I come from a tradition that takes pride in being called “Fighting Fundamentalists” and uses terms like “militant” to describe their stance toward error. I agree with this approach, by the way, as long as it is focused on the faith, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Continue reading »
One week ago, only a handful of people knew that name. Today, most of the world does.
On the morning of April 17, 2007, Cho chose to unleash his own pent-up anger on the campus of Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. After killing his first two victims in a dormitory, Cho mailed a package to the National Broadcasting Company in New York City. The package contained photographs, videos, and writings.
In one of the videos, Cho says “Thanks to you, I die like Jesus Christ, to inspire generations of the weak and the defenceless people.” In another video however, Cho states that “Jesus loves crucifying me.” Continue reading »