Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Tim Keller has been writing a series of blog posts on preaching which is largely a review of Martin Lloyd-Jones' book Preaching and Preachers. As always, Keller has had many good things to say. One thing caught my attention, however, that I thought I would comment on. Keller highlights a passage where Lloyd-Jones says that preachers should not "assume that all…who are members of the church, are…Christians. This, to me, is the most fatal blunder of all" (quoted from Lloyd Jones, p. 146). Keller goes on to link this to the Old Side-New Side and Old Light-New Light controversies from the 18th Century and the Nevin-Hodge debates in the 19th Century over (among other things) whether one should ever assume a church member to be unconverted. Lloyd-Jones and Keller both affirm that we should expect to find that many church members are in fact unconverted and thus expect them to be converted under Biblical preaching.
This is the brief response that I left:
Thanks, Pastor Keller. Of course, a third option is to ask whether we should think of conversion as a one-off event, that once done is never to be repeated. If conversion is just faith and repentance then maybe we should should constantly call for conversion (as L-J would suggest) but without thinking that a new, more profound experience of God's grace necessarily implies that all previous experiences were spurious. In that sense, the Nevin-Hodge debate is beside the point. The real question is not: When did I first experience God's grace? Rather it would be: Am I believing the Gospel and repenting of my sins today? Assurance rightly belongs only to those who are believing and repenting now, regardless of what their previous experience(s) may or may not have been.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Today we worshiped at Cristo Rey with a short-term team from Hernando, Mississippi. After church we had lunch and a time of singing and prayer at our house. It was a big crowd, but the singing was awesome! We are looking forward to a busy week with them. They will be doing construction in one of the churches on the outskirts of Trujillo.
Monday, July 04, 2011
Yesterday after church we celebrated The 4th of July with our American friends living here in Peru. We had a great time of fellowship and had some awesome food! Later that night several of our husbands left to travel to Cajamarca to assist with a team of doctors and dentists from Jackson, Mississippi. They will have a very busy week. Please pray for safety traveling and for the many lives that will be touched by these dear friends.
Sunday, July 03, 2011
This week we had a wonderful group of friends from Matthews OPC in Charlotte, North Carolina, along with friends from Rayville, Louisiana. They all worked in one of our newest church plants called Cristo Redentor. Many patients were seen by the medical team, and a lot of digging was completed by the construction team. They all worked very hard! Thank you so much!!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Last week Wes and I, along with Whitney Ueltchey, attended a social event here in Trujillo. Our friend Edith Cordova had a very nice open house for her new hair salon and spa. It was complete with champagne, tasty finger foods served by men in white coats with black bow ties, lights, and music. Edith is very well known here and has won many awards in Lima for her work. We met her through classes she took in SALI, our language institute. We are so thankful for the friends the Lord has put in our lives!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Wanted to share a few of the pictures Abby has recently taken of her sisters. We have just discovered a natural talent. She really does a great job! She has started taking pictures of everything and is now our official family photographer.
Monday, June 13, 2011
I went with Wes last week out to the Wichanzao clinic. It has been a while since my last visit, and there have been a lot of changes. The second floor is now complete and houses the dental office, exam room, lab, and the new ultrasound room. The clinic has recently purchased a brand new state-of-the-art ultrasound machine, thanks to the generous gifts of many friends! We have two Peruvian doctors who have been trained to perform this task.
Thursday, June 09, 2011
This week is the beginning of our busiest time of the year. Our short term mission teams will fill up the next few months. Our first team was a group of dentist and dental students from UMC in Jackson, Mississippi. They saw many patients in the outlying parts of the city. These dentists not only pulled and cleaned teeth, but also demonstrated the love of Christ! Thank you all for giving up your time to help with the work here in Trujillo!
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Our youngest angel Millie at her school program! All the kids have been back in school for 6 weeks now. We are getting into the groove of things. This is our second year in Peruvian schools and I think we are finally figuring out the system. All of the kids are doing well and have many friends!