Monday, January 16, 2012

The Vow

This week Mars Hill Church kicked off their Real Marriage sermon series with the topic "New Marriage, Same Spouse." I just finished the book and both my wife and I found it very helpful and definitely recommend it. We are planning on tuning in on the sermon series as well. I thought I would share the Vow that Mark proposed to the men of Mars Hill.

Cory Vail

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Enduring Gospel

The theme for LEAD this year was "The Enduring Gospel." Some people have suggested that the gospel is somehow inferior to other christian doctrines in the sense that we start with the gospel and then we move into the meat of biblical theology. I think it is proper to say that we need to start with the gospel but we have to be continually reminded of the gospel and seek to understand the depths of the gospel as we live. Paul says in  1 Cor 15:1-2 "Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain." Paul wanted to remind the Corinthians of the gospel. In Galatians 3:1-3 he writes,  "O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?" I know that the natural state of the human heart is to not believe the gospel that is why God has to open the human heart to receive it and that is why we need to continually remind one another about the significance of the gospel and our day to day walks with Christ. I know that this weekend served as a good reminder for me that Jesus has finished the work, and all I need to do is believe, I cannot add anything to his righteousness.

Sunday, November 06, 2011


The theme for this year is “The Enduring Gospel.” The goal is to examine how the gospel can bring about change throughout New England. In New England there seems to be many who believe one of two ways. It’s either “If only we start this program, then there will be change in people’s hearts” or “Yeah, the Holy Spirit works, but mostly in China or on the West Coast.” Although this line of thinking is not intentional, it has become the mantra of many who are entrenched in the least  churched area in the USA.

RAY ORTLUND – Has received a B.A. from Wheaton College, Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, M.A. from The University of California, Berkeley, and Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Pastor Ortlund served as Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois from 1989-1998.He was ordained by Lake Avenue Congregational Church, Pasadena, California, 1975. He currently serves as pastor at Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee (an Acts 29 church) and as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. He has been married to Jan Giles Ortlund for thirty-eight happy years, and they have four delightful children.Says, Ray: “I have the most wonderful wife, I love my kids and grandkids, and I love Immanuel Church. My dream is that God would use us for true revival in our city.”
3763_medium_img MATT CHANDLER - Serves as lead pastor of The Village Church in Highland Village, TX. He describes his 7 year tenure at The Village as a re-planting effort where he was involved in changing the theological and philosophical culture of the congregation. The church has witnessed a tremendous response growing from 160 people to over 5000 including two satellite campuses (Denton and Northway). Alongside his current role as lead pastor, Matt is involved in church planting efforts both locally and internationally through The Village and various strategic partnerships. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over ten years where he spoke to hundreds of thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and beauty of Jesus. His greatest joy outside of Jesus is being married to Lauren and being a dad to their three children, Audrey, Reid, and Norah.

Friday, October 14, 2011

OCTOBER 17-19 Paul’s Theology of Atonement: Can it be Defended? Dr. Simon Gathercole


Dr. Simon Gathercole is Lecturer in New Testament Studies and Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. He also serves as senior editor of the Journal for the Study of New Testament. Prior to his posting at Cambridge Dr. Gathercole was for a number of years on the faculty at the University of Aberdeen. He has studied in Cambridge, Durham, Tübingen, and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. His studies included classics and early Judaism. Dr. Gathercole specializes in Christology and the doctrine of the atonement. He currently is writing a commentary on the Gospel of Thomas. He has published many learned studies. Dr. Gathercole is known around the world and is much sought-after speaker.


KC Irving Auditorium
Monday, October 17
7:30pm Substitutionary Atonement and its Challengers

Tuesday, October 18
7:30pm Death for Sins “According to the Scriptures”

Wednesday, October 19
9:45-10:30AM Service of Worship
(Manning Memorial Chapel)
1:00-2:00PM Talkback session
(Langley Room, ADC)
7:30PM Vicarious Death of Christ and Classical Parallels

For More Info

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Hayward Lectureship Series - Oct 17-19 2011

Dr. Simon Gathercole will be the guest speaker at Acadia Divinity College's 2011 Hayward Lectureship series - October 17-19 - ALL FREE - Topic: Paul's Theology of Atonement
Acadia Divinity College
Acadia Divinity College is a Christian theological seminary rooted in the Bible.Founded in 1838 by Baptist leaders, the school equips individuals for effective ordained and non-ordained ministry and theological scholarship for a wide variety of denominational and non-denominational context.

Dr. Gathercole taught his first PhD seminar when he was 27 and now a world-class scholar at 36, he teaches theology at Cambridge University, UK. He's written numerous books and publications, including the Galatians study notes in the ESV Study Bible. The Gospel Coalition has a bunch of his resources:
The Gospel Coalition: Dr Simon Gathercole