Pastor's Bible Study

Every Wednesday morning during the school year, Dr. Furr teaches adults on a wide variety of topics with discussion – often a book of the Bible or some aspect of the Christian life or doctrine. All you need is a Bible and an inquisitive mind! Occasionally, a particular book is ordered for everyone who wants to purchase a copy. This group meets on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Adult Seminar Room across from the Library. Find current topics under Latest News. Please join in.

 

Pastor's Column

 

lent is “jesus time”


 

Calling

Lenten Speaker Series Continues:  Dr. Jenny Dyer and Dan Haseltine

            God calls people. God is active and present in human lives, inviting us to respond and find our destinies. God calls people. We must believe this if we are to survive. It is incumbent on us, then, to listen for God’s call, every one of us, in our lives.  This happens in two ways: The first is in the hearts of individual believers. The second is in the local congregation. 

            We believe that God is here and alive. People can know this God and God has a purpose for human lives and humanity. We are here to help each other find what that is, collectively and individually. One of the best ways is listening to and telling the stories of callings.

            The next two Wednesday evenings continue what has been an outstanding series of presentations. Each week, a speaker has taken us inside the journey of Christian calling. Too often we have turned the Christian faith into a series of ideas, or reduced it to a buttress against our fears and anxieties rather than what Jesus revealed it to be: a dynamic and life-changing adventure.

            I have been struck by the first two speakers as they told us about their journey into new directions in life. God’s call to us is not treading water: it is navigating the river to find the Source. God is still working in lives. That’s exciting to know. If you can possibly join us, I hope you will and bring a friend.

            Dr. Jenny Dyer has inspired me as a woman of vision, industry and passionate leadership in the issues of global poverty and working to make the lives of the most desperate better. More than that, I have seen her as a bridge builder who seeks to include and not exclude. She builds partnerships and relationships wherever she goes. People like Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, Bill and Melinda Gates and Kaye Warren have all joined in her work through the years. This Wednesday night at 6 pm, you will have a chance to hear about her journey.

            Dan Haseltine is a man of immense talents and one of the most personable people I have been privileged to know. His music is inspiring and his passion for helping others in the name of Jesus is boundless. These two final nights promise to be memorable ones. 

Student Minister Search Update--Mark Your Calendar

            After a long and deliberate search together, your Student Minister Search Committee will be presenting a candidate to the congregation on the Sunday after Easter, April 28. The staff and committee are excited and looking forward to our church meeting him and his wife on that weekend. There will be more details forthcoming as we get closer, but be in prayer and plan to be with us that day. I share their enthusiasm and look forward to a great new time in our church.

            That is the same weekend as our Touch a Truck event. The last time we did this, we had a huge turnout. It should be a great weekend of fellowship, outreach to visitors, and special time of meeting a potential new minister for our church.

            I ask for your prayers as we move forward in this time to reach out to families and to young people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The coming weeks will be filled with anticipation.

Lent and Wednesday Speaker Series: On the Journey with Jesus: Stories of the Callings That Find Us

In March, we will welcome a special Lenten time of renewal. Lent begins with our communion service this week in which I will bring a brief meditation entitled “True Spirituality: The Journey to an Integrated Life.” We always receive an offering after communion for those in need. This week, all gifts will be directed to tornado relief in Lee County. Our missions committee is working to find ways we can help.  We have a disaster relief fund to which all gifts for help there can be channeled. All gifts go directly to help on the ground.

We then look forward to a series of Wednesday nights called “On the Journey With Jesus: Stories of the Callings That Find Us.” Our speakers share Christian faith but come from a variety of backgrounds and stories to share their faith journeys—how they came to Christian faith, how that has lived out, and the unexpected turns that have taken them to new places in their discipleship. 

Below is a description of the full, four-part series. Remember, we skip March 27 for spring break and resume on April 3.

 Lenten Renewal Series:   “On the Journey With Jesus”  Four well-known Christians from a variety of backgrounds and stories share their faith journeys—how they came to Christian faith, how that has lived out, and the unexpected turns that have taken them to new places in their discipleship. 

March 13, 2019, Dr. Daniel Potts

March 20, 2019, Kate Campbell

April 3, 2019, Dr. Jenny Dyer

April 10, 2019, Dan Haseltine

This series will be open to the public as well, and you are encouraged to invite friends to come and hear an exciting series of presentations.

April 3: “Ending Hunger: A Redeemed Hope for Feeding the World”
Dr. Jenny Dyer is the Founder of The 2030 Collaborative. As such, she directs the Faith-Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Faith-Based Coalition for Global Nutrition with support from the Eleanor Crook Foundation. Dyer teaches Global Health Politics and Policy as a Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt School of Medicine, and she has taught Religion and Global Health at Vanderbilt School of Divinity. Dyer formerly worked with Bono ‘s ONE Campaign, Bono ‘s organization, from 2003-2008 to promote awareness and advocacy for extreme poverty and global AIDS issues. She is an author and frequent contributor in the media. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee with her husband, John, and two boys, Rhys and Oliver.

April 10: “Closing the Distance”
Dan Haseltine is the Lead singer/Primary songwriter for the three-time GRAMMY™ winning band Jars of Clay. Dan has written 17 #1 radio singles, received multiple BMI Song of the Year Awards, and National Songwriting Association ‘s highest honors. He is a Producer, Film/Television composer, and Music Supervisor. Dan is the Founder of non-profit organization, Blood:Water, celebrating 15 years of supporting local solutions to the clean water and HIV/AIDS crises in Southern and Eastern Africa. Blood:Water has helped more than 1 million people gain access to clean water, sanitation, hygiene training and community health support. Dan lives in Franklin, TN with his wife, Katie and 2 sons, Noah(18), and Max(15) and two dogs Gracie and Coco. Dan is also a columnist, advocate, and thought leader surrounding the work of extreme poverty reduction, and international development.

We hope you will join us for Lenten Revival on Wednesday nights at 6:00! Please check our supper menu (serving begins at 4:30) and make a reservation.