New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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■ To talk with Managing Editor Micah Boyd about Church Life, cal! 625-9144, ext. 220Church LifeA hand of mercy and a challenge for 1997
I’m gearing up for 1997 by reading Eugene Peterson's New Testament interpretation “The Message." lf you’re not a Bible reader, this is the Bible for you. Not only is it written in language you can understand that is clear and true to course in its interpretation, you can also purchase it at Sam’s Warehouse. Now that’s a plus, for sure.
Peterson’s pace is quick and brisk, like a blue norther coming in at high noon. The action throughout the gospel of Matthew has captured me even after 20-plus years of reading and rereading the account of the reformed tax collector. Listen to his interpretation of Jesus’ words to the church folks of His day in Matthew 9:13...
"Who needs a doctor: the healthy
or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: 7 'rn after mercy, not religion/ I'm here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders." These are the words of Jesus to .a group of very religious people who questioned the kind of folks He was hanging with. In other words, Jesus' crowd was less than respectable, not the kind of people that you would want your kids to bring home. And for some, not the kind of folks you would want to sit
next to on Sunday morning.
Jesus sacrificed respectability for opportunity. And He demonstrated what was to be a benchmark for all to follow. Our job description as the Church is to be an open door to those who had been locked out of “respectable” society. We are the place for those who have no other place to go.
Jesus made sure there would be little left to interpretation when it came to the outcast. In fact, He made it so clear His most famous disciple. Paul, said that the Gospel demands the Christian become all things to all men so as to win the lost. Sounds like our idea of the world fitting into church “tradition” gets stepped on by the Gospel it supposedly promotes.
Tough words? So were His. “I’m
here to invite outsiders. Not coddle insiders.” Tough talk from a gentle Master.
The truth is that the Western Church that lives without persecution has been very ineffective in evangelism for many years. “Church growth” has statistically been the moving of people from one church to another instead of making new disciples.
Why? Because we are very good at telling people what a Christian looks like and very poor at teaching and challenging people to do it. While the lost are crying out for someone to tell them how to have happy marriages and families the Church spends her time designing yet another program that coddles the insiders with more feel-good religion.
Baker Bible collection one of finest
By MATT TRUELL
BALDWIN CITY, Kan (AP) — Bishop William A. Quay Ie read a book every day, and wrote more than 25 himself. He took a walk every *y. and loved all things in nature.
He also collected rare Bibles, and his fascination helped give Baker University one of the most prominent collections of the kind in the Midwest.
The legacy he left the small United Methodist university on the prairie when he died in 1925 — more than 250 Bibles — has now grown to 1,100 Bibles, many of them rare.
“It is widely known all over the country,” said rare book expert Ardis Glenn, onetime owner of Qlenn Books in Kansas City, Mo., who appraised the collection in 1993.
The Quayle collection includes early Bibles handwritten by monks.
and two first editions of the 1611 King James Authorized Version, which set the standard for English usage for centones.
“Not only am I glad to have it in this collection of mine, but am glad to have it in Amenca, which is just becoming the great book possessor of the world,” Quayle wrote in his notebooks when he bought his first King James Bible.
Also part of the current collection is a book of the Psalms of David translated into the Ojibway language, published by the Upper Canada Bible Society in 1855. That book is called Oodahnuhmeahwine Nuhguiimoowinum Owh David.
“Our focus and the uniqueness and quality of what we have, I think, puts us head and shoulders above other universities our size,” said John M Forbes, Baker’s director of libranes and curator of the Quayle Bible Collection.
The collection has a small Latin Bible that bears the signature of English poet Robert Browning, and another once owned by his mother, Sabnna Browning.
It also has the Robert Louis Stevenson family Bible. The author of “Treasure Island” and “Kidnapped” left it behind when he sailed to Tahiti, where he died and is buried.
The collection includes a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible, printed in Mainz, Germany, sometime before 1456. Johann Gutenberg, who invented movable type, ushered in the first information revolution. The Gutenberg Bible is believed to be the first book pnnted from movable type It also has the Presidential Bible Collection, with Bibles signed by every president since Harry Truman “It's a grand collection,” said Cynthia Buffington, a partner at Philadelphia Rare Books and
And the result? Compared to Islam, now in first place with more than one billion adherents (that’s 1,000,000,000 plus!), western style feel-good religion is losing serious territory in the war for souls. In England today there are now more Muslims than Methodists. There are even more Muslims than there are Evangelical Christians. Ten years ago there were an estimated 150 mosques in England: today there are mote than 1,100. There are now more than 500 Islamic centers in die U.S. and more Muslims than Espiscopalians or Presbyterians. By the turn of the century, Islam may well surpass Judaism as America’s largest minority religion.
Passionless Protestantism is dying for lack of a fire in her soul. And one
more program won’t change a thing. Hot blooded evangelism is what is needed.
"I'm after mercy, not religion.' I'm here to invite outsiders..."
Let me make a proposition to you. What if you and I make a serious attempt to obey Jesus’ words in 1997? Developing a heart of mercy for sin-sick society will be the only thing that extends the hand of invitation to the outsider. That means mercy instead of judgment, the very thing that brought you to Christ.
And it’s interesting, isn’t? The very thing that brought you to Christ is the very thing that godless religion wants you to forget.
(Dennis Gallaher is pastor of th* Freedom Fellowship Church Braunfels.)
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Manuscripts, which has sold Baker University some of its Bibles. “We know its librarians have cared for it with a loving intelligence. It is very well regarded.”
William Quayle was a prominent United Methodist minister, speaker and writer.
He received his bachelor's degree from Baker University in 1885, and soon became professor of Greek. He became the university’s president in 1890, but resigned four years later to become a pastor, living in the Kansas City area, Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis. In 1908, he was named bishop.
Dunng his life, Quayle wrote more than 25 popular religious books, with titles like “Out-Of-Doors With Jesus.” He also was in heavy demand as a public speaker, Forbes said, all of which gave him money to buy rare Bibles.
The Seguin Chapter of Aglow International is honored to present Jean Warner as its January speaker. Warner was called from her job in a high school to the ministry in 1977.
The purpose of Warner’s ministry is to proclaim God’s overcoming power.
She has been described as “a woman touched by the hand of God and used by Him through the anointing of the Spirit.”
The Saturday meeting will take place in the fellowship hall of Faith Community Church, located at 920
fellowship will ntart with lighl refreshments ai 9:30 a.m. wit! the main meeting starting at IO a.m. Luncheon will be serve# after the mai# meeting (bring k dish).
(Submitted by Faith Community
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Come to a New Church in Formation — Hill Country Christian Church _
(Disciples of Christ)
Now meeting 10:30 im. Sunday in Bulverde at Tommy Wilson's Pwty Hall, HWY. 281 N. After Jan. I st. Moving lo down town Bulverde across from County Commtsaanen office, by the Bakery.
Rev. Roae Richardson 422-4584
Former Vietnam POW to speak at CBMC lunch
The Christian Businessmen’s Committee welcomes former POW Col. Arthur W. Buret (USAT ret.) as the speaker at its next luncheon.
Buret is a native Texan bom at the Fort Sam Houston Army Hospital in San Antonio
Inspired by his father’s dedicated military service, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at the age of 17.
For the next three decades he served this nation as a dedicated military professional in the field of aviation.
He held the aeronautical rating of command pilot with more than 4,000 hours of flying time and culminated his career by serving as the base commander of Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, where he retired in 1983
He and his wife now reside in Schertz
He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Omaha and is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Washington,
His military decorations include the Silver Star, the Legion of Mcnt, the Bronze Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Air Force C ommendation Medal and the Purple Heart.
Of all his assignments throughout his career, none was to be more challenging than the one which began on the afternoon of March 21, 1966.
While on a reconnaissance mission, deep in the heart of North Vietnam, his RF 101 was struck by enemy ground fire and he was forced to abandon the aircraft over enemy tern tory.
Within moments he was captured. He spent the next six years and 11 months teaming what freedom really means.
The luncheon will be at noon Tuesday at Tree Tops Restaurant, 444 E. San Antonio. Tickets are $7 each and are available at the door. For questions or more information, call 629-5725, 629-1760 or 606-0737.
(Submitted by the Christian Businessmen s Committee)
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