In these weeks leading up to Easter, I thought it might be helpful to offer some books on the life and ministry of Jesus. I’ve selected three of my favorites.
The first book is John Stott’s classic, The Cross of Christ. Annie Graham Lotz writes regarding this book: “Outside of the Bible itself, this may be the best book I’ve ever read on the cross of Christ. It is thorough, thoughtful and timely. As I read it, my mind was challenged, my heart was warmed, my faith was strengthened, and my focus was sharpened on the cross. Praise God for just giving us Jesus with nail prints in his hands and feet!”
N.T. Wright’s book, The Challenge of Jesus, in the words of his publisher (InterVarsity Press), “poses a double-edged challenge: to grow in our understanding of the historical Jesus within the Palestinian world of the first century, and to follow Jesus more faithfully into the postmodern world of the twenty-first century.”
Philip Yancey, one of my favorite authors, wrote The Jesus I Never Knew as the result of his experience in teaching a course on Jesus that relied on movie depictions of His life. Yancey seeks here to gain a new and different perspective on Jesus’s ministry and, ultimately, who He was and why He came. Yancey places his emphasis on the relational and personal dimensions of Jesus, rather than the scholarly. As a result, this is the most accessible of the three books I’ve selected.
I hope you will enrich your Lenten observance by indulging in some good reading!
Thanks for Assisting Our Teens!
I am appreciative of the ways in which our congregation supports our teens. The Bible quiz team received $400.65 as a result of the exit offering this past Sunday. This will help defray their expenses in attending monthly quiz meets as well as this year’s national tournament. The thirteen members of the team travel to Gowanda, Albion, Batavia, and Brockport for monthly quiz tournaments. This year, in April, Pearce will be hosting the Regional Tournament, which includes additional Free Methodist quizzing teams from as far away as Pennsylvania. The National Free Methodist Bible Quizzing Finals are being held this year at Spring Arbor University in Michigan.
Also this past weekend, Sunday evening’s Teen Mission Variety Show Dinner raised $3,109.00 for this summer’s teen mission trip to Romania. Once again, I am moved by the generosity of our community of faith in supporting these teen ministries.
The Problem of Pain
This weekend, I’ll conclude our three-week series of messages to better prepare you for “Corner Conversations” with your friends and co-workers. This weekend’s message will address the problem of pain, the fact that many people discount the possibility of the existence of a loving, gracious God because of the overwhelming suffering that occurs in our world.
Raising the Roof!
An added sense of urgency for our “Raise the Roof” campaign was felt this past week when water began dripping though the wall separating Parmerter Chapel from Parmerter East. Buckets were placed on the floor on Monday to catch the steady drip of water.
Getting a new roof on Parmerter is a priority for 2016; this year’s stewardship focus is to raise the $160,000 to cover the estimated cost of this significant project. The response thus far has been wonderful! As of last weekend, a total of $19,546.50 has been given. Thanks to all of you who are sacrificially giving to this need.