Tonight: Christian Biography – Jim Elliot

The Wednesday study series, “Christian Biography,” continues this evening with a presentation by Dr. Roxburgh on the life of missionary Jim Elliot. Elliot, an evangelical missionary, and four other missionaries were killed in 1956 by the Huaorani people, an indigenous people in Ecuador. Elliot’s story is moving, and the commitment, dedication and passion of Elliot, his wife Elisabeth and members of his mission team have inspired many through the years. Join us this evening for Fellowship Supper and Prayer, followed by this presentation.

There are a number of service opportunities and needs in our community and among our church family. Please take time to look at the calendar of events and also pick up one of our ministry brochures to see where you fit in and are led to serve in our corporate efforts to be the presence of Christ in this community and beyond.

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Tonight: Christian Biography – Jim Elliot

A few events to note…

Everyone had an enjoyable and relaxed evening last Thursday at the Ice Cream Fellowship and Game Night. This event also marked the end of the July schedule for weekday events. This week, we resume our regular weekday schedule including some special events of which you will want to be aware.

Wednesday, at 5:30  p.m., the Fellowship Supper and Prayer Time resumes. This week, dinner will be followed by the regular Quarterly Church Business Conference. Next Wednesday, Dr. Roxburgh will resume his study series entitled “Christian Biography” with the August 8 session on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The Sanctuary choir will also resume their weekly Wednesday rehearsals.

This coming Sunday, Dr. Roxburgh will be back in the pulpit and it is also “Blessing of the Backpacks” Sunday. All students and teachers, regardless of age, are encouraged to bring their backpack to worship for a time of prayer for you and this school year.

Hope to see you Wednesday!

A few events to note…

The Beginning of Advent

Advent begins this Sunday, December 3, and it is also the beginning of the Christian Year. Advent is a time of celebrating and waiting, of remembering and anticipating. It is a time of great tension in experiencing the “already” and anticipating the “not yet” that is promised. It is a time for spiritual renewal and of growing deeper and stronger in our faith. Each Sunday is an opportunity to experience the presence of Christ as we worship together and each weekday an opportunity to experience the presence of Christ in our neighborhood, community, work or play.

On Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m., we gather in Memorial Chapel for a time of prayer and meditation, followed by Holy Communion. During Advent, the meditation and prayer focus each week will use the text for the upcoming Sunday. Hopefully this will further enhance our experience of Advent.

This Wednesday, we resume the weekly mid-week schedule for Fellowship Supper, Prayer and Bible Study. Dr. Roxburgh will continue the study on Peter as he presents a study entitled, “Failure and Forgiveness.” I hope to see you there for a great time of fellowship and study.

The Beginning of Advent

Homilies on Mark’s Gospel, Part II

The Apostle Peter is often sidelined in our understanding of the New Testament. Despite the fact that he was one of the inside threesome who were especially close to Jesus: Peter, James and John, he is often overlooked and attention is focused on Paul. Yet Martin Luther once commented that his writings were among ‘the true kernel and marrow’ of the New Testament.

In our Wednesday evening Bible Studies in October and November, we have been exploring the life of Peter. There is something winsome and welcoming about the character of Peter. He is impetuous and impulsive, failing the Lord in so many different directions, and yet the honesty with which the Bible records his life gives us hope that God is willing to commit the work of his kingdom into the hands of folks, just like ourselves, who will seek to follow him in the life of discipleship.

The pathway of our own pilgrimage is lived out in the company of the one whom Julian of Norwich called ‘our courteous Lord’. He knows all about our unreliability and capacity for stupidity, meanness of spirit and failure, and yet he knows, as well, our ability, strengthened by his grace, to scale heights of courage and depths of devotion, that our lives might be filled with love for him and for others.

Dr. Ken Roxburgh
Pastor for Preaching and Teaching
205.933.8381
kbroxbur@samford.edu

Homilies on Mark’s Gospel, Part II

Homilies on Mark’s Gospel  

During October and November, the theme of our homilies will be “Discipleship in Mark’s Gospel.” Many writers on Mark think of this gospel as a masterpiece, a story that might have been read or told in one sitting. It’s a story that is colorful, especially lively, and Mark is an immensely creative and powerful storyteller. It was probably the first of the four gospels to be written, during a period of persecution, around 65 C.E., when the idea “taking up your cross” and following Jesus was a very real possibility. It explores the theme of discipleship. Each week, we will work our way through the book, taking an incident from various chapters to listen to the voice of Jesus calling us to believe the good news of the gospel and follow him in the life of discipleship.

Dr. Ken Roxburgh
Pastor for Preaching and Teaching
205.933.8381
kbroxbur@samford.edu

Homilies on Mark’s Gospel