Family Notes 23/03/2016

THE TWENTY-THIRD DAY OF MARCH IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN.


THIS SERMON NEEDED HER VOICE

The sermon Sunday before last at Bering Drive Church of Christ in Houston, Texas, included the story of Lazarus’ sister Mary, who anointed Jesus’ feet with her expensive perfume and dried them with her hair. I had not realized before how much this passage needed a woman’s eye and ear and mouth. We had a guest preacher that day, Chelsie Sargent, a member of the Southwest Central congregation in our city, and the feminine advantage was clear almost from the moment she began to speak.

We all serve best when using the grace-gifts that God entrusts to us as his stewards. He uses us to bless others when we do that. You can hear this sister’s sermon at: beringfamily.org/


CAVETT INTERVIEWS METAXAS

Best-selling author Eric Metaxas (he of Bonhoeffer biography fame) leaves his usual role as interviewer on his “Socrates in the City” program, and hands the questioner’s mike to legendary TV talk-show host, Dick Cavett. Metaxas and Cavett are apparently long-time friends. Cavett appears to be a thoughtful religious skeptic, which works out wonderfully for him to dialogue with Metaxas as Christian apologist. The topic is Metaxas’ 2014 book titled Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life. Spoiler alert: The forum for this material is not overtly religious, certainly not churchy, and the participants are urbane sophisticates with vocabularies typical of the genre. See this interview at: www.youtube.com/


SOLID, SIMPLE, SERIOUS

These adjectives come immediately to mind when I try to think how best to describe the preaching of my friend and gracEmail subscriber Frank Coats, pastor of Lake Houston United Methodist Church. Frank is one whom God has used in recent years to comfort and strengthen me by personal visits. If you appreciate Christ-centered preaching that is solid, simple, and serious, I invite you to sample Frank’s preaching at: www.lakehoustonumc.com

You can also contact him personally at: pastorfrank01@gmail.com to be added to his weekly email list.