Preaching at First Baptist Asheville

My friend and former student, Mack Dennis, is taking a sabbatical this summer and has invited me to preach for the next four Sundays at First Baptist Church, Asheville, NC.  Join us this Sunday morning at 10:00am if you are in the area when I’m preaching on Mark 4:35-41 “Jesus Cares – But Not Always as We Expect.”

You can join online at First Baptist Church Asheville this Sunday by following this link.

Visit the church website for more information about the Festival of Regathering worship schedule and watch the live streamed service at Worship This Week, along with the bulletin, hymns, etc. on the church website. If you’re not in the Asheville area, you can watch the services later at the Worship Links page.

The Gospel for the Person Who Has Everything in Review

A review was released last month in the Englewood Review of Books by Andrew Camp of my recently republished book The Gospel for the Person Who Has Everything. He writes:

“As the church ministers to the strong, they will also need to reclaim the Christian ethic of response over and against an ethic of achievement. Christians need to be constantly reminded that their good deeds are not done in order to achieve anything, for remember Christ has already loved us. Rather as Christians we are compelled by the love by which we have been loved.

Willimon reminds us, “You can’t beat people on the head, bring them to their knees, devastate their human dignity, and then expect them to act like mature, responsible, full human beings.” Instead, the church must help her congregants to do the hard work of using their power in responsible ways, for let’s face it, the majority of white, American evangelicals have been blessed in special ways. The question becomes, what will we do with it?

This is the challenge that the strong need to be confronted with. The church needs to stop placating people, giving out nice, naïve platitudes, and start proclaiming the gospel that awakes people from their stupor and asks them to rise to meet the challenges of our day.”

You can read the rest of the review here.