Elected to Pearce’s Board
I am pleased to announce that Chuck Cockrell, Aimee Lyon, and Terry Taber have been elected to three-year-terms on Pearce’s Official Board. Terry is coming back onto the board after being away from it the past couple of years. Chuck is returning for his second consecutive term and this will be Aimee’s first stint. These new members will assume their responsibilities at the March 10 sitting of the board.
Also elected were three members to the Nominating Committee: Jamie Chalmers, Rob Keim, and Lettie Hursh. These three will begin working with the other members of the Nominating Committee beginning in May.
I am appreciative of the 217 members of our congregation who participated in the election by casting their ballots. Thanks, also, to all those who allowed their names to be placed in nomination for both of these areas of service.
Once again, I am reminded of how blessed we are at Pearce to have so many gifted leaders serving Christ and His Kingdom!
Dr. Timothy Dwyer, professor of Christian Scriptures at Roberts, will be our guest preacher this coming weekend (February 13 & 14). Tim has chosen Psalm 1 as his text, one of my all time favorite passages of God’s Word. He has titled his message “Stable as an Oak Tree.” You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear this gifted teacher help you to better understand God’s Story.
A Rare Opportunity
In last week’s Dangling, I announced a six-week seminar entitled “Islam’s Crisis: Our Opportunity” beginning on Wednesday, February 24, at Pearce. This seminar is taught by Dr. Don Little, Dr. Gail Schlosser, and Dr. Benjamin Hegeman, all of whom are with the Houghton-based Lilias Trotter Center. (Lilias Trotter was a missionary to Algeria in the latter part of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.)
The first session is on the topic “Islam’s Internal Crisis” and will introduce those attending to the theological and ideological divisions that have been a part of Islam from its beginning. This first session will be held at 6:30pm in Room 82 of Pearce’s lower educational wing.
Books to Better Understanding Islam
Dr. Gail Schlosser provided me with a few book recommendations that may be of interest to those of you seeking to better understand Islam. The following books are available on the bookrack in Pearce’s foyer.
Engaging Islam by George Houssney can help alert you to the challenges and opportunities of engaging Muslims in a dialogue regarding the Christian faith. The author was born and raised in Lebanon and has more than forty years of experience in evangelism and church planting among Muslims around the world. Copies of this book are available for a $19.00 donation.
Last year, I had the opportunity to read Nabeel Qureshi’s Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. It is the first-hand account of Nabeel, a young man who grew up in a tight-knit American military family with Pakistani roots. He met David Wood on a trip while in college and, through their friendship, came to faith in Jesus Christ. Copies of this book are available for a $13.00 donation.
Dr. Schlosser also recommended Fresh Vision for the Muslim World by Mike Kuhn. Published by InterVarsity Press, this author challenges readers to love Muslims. Kuhn, a personal friend of Dr. Schlosser, lived for more than two decades in the Middle East, serving as a pastor and a college Arabic instructor. This is available for a $13.00 donation.