John 17: 1 "After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: "Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began."Amazing how Pastor Betters' sermon is so closely aligned with my posting from the night before.
He starts by recognizing and grieving for the incredible tragedy at Virginia Tech, then transitions into how the memorial invocation message illustrated the rampant Religious Pluralism that so characterizes most of our college campuses today.
He also asks 'What is the church's response?' and prays that for us to be relevant and at the same time hold up THE voice of Truth.
The overall emphasis is on the absolute necessity for our devotion to the Inerrancy of God's Word. Church unity is not the same as ecumenical watering down of the truth. That we cannot preach 'another' Gospel.
Along the lines of a completely different topic, I got to hear about where P.B. came from...
He started as Methodist Pastor back in the days of the heated debates over inerrancy. "You cannot hold to Christian truths without holding to the innerancy of scripture," he said. He confronted Dr. Robert Edgar, president of national council of churches, face to face in front of the assembly of pastors and took a stand for the Truth (and ended up leaving the denomination as a result). In addition, P.B.'s stand was not mere theory or head knowledge. He was well-known in and out of the denomination for blazing the trails of racial and ethnic diversity. I already had a pretty high regard and respect for my pastor, but knowing more about the trials and fires that he has come thru just deepens my regard and gratitude to be included in this particular body of believers..