This just posted on the Mars Hill Church web site:

This summer, City on a Hill Church in Albuquerque will become a Mars Hill campus. We will partner together in an effort to reach as many people as possible with the gospel of Jesus. Over the past three months, the Executive Elders of Mars Hill and the pastors of City on a Hill have spent many hours in discussion, prayer, and study in order to reach this unanimous decision.

Dave Bruskas is the lead pastor at City on a Hill, which has been a part of the Acts 29 Network since 2007. He is a proven, seasoned pastor and a gifted teacher. He is a loving husband, and a devoted father to his four daughters. Dave will be the Albuquerque campus pastor and serve as a regional director for both Acts 29 and Mars Hill, starting new campuses, starting new churches, and continuing to lead the local congregation.

The transition from City on a Hill to Mars Hill Church will be official in the next few months, and the new campus will celebrate its grand opening this fall. In the meantime, the local leadership will help shepherd the congregation through the transition, and Mars Hill pastors will spend some time onsite to provide training and fellowship as we get better acquainted with this new extension of our church family (for example, Tim Smith, our lead worship pastor, will visit next weekend, and Pastor Mark will preach live at City on a Hill on May 24).

Getting Acquainted

  • The congregation meets in the Lobo Theater. Built in 1939, it’s the oldest theater still standing along the historic Route 66.
  • At present, City on a Hill’s average attendance ranges between 300 to 400 adults and children.
  • Seven pastors serve the City on a Hill congregation.
  • City on a Hill Church was founded in April 2001, and replanted as an Acts 29 church in July 2007.
  • The vast majority of the church falls within the 24-35 range and mirrors the multicultural make-up of metropolitan Albuquerque.
  • The location is in the cultural heart of Albuquerque, a short distance from the University of New Mexico, which is the largest state campus in the US with a majority minority enrollment.
  • Albuquerque is the #1 “Creative Class” city among medium-sized cities (Seattle is #5 on the large city list).
  • City on a Hill Church shares Mars Hill Church’s commitment to be a “city within the city, living for Jesus.”
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Before President Barack Obama spoke from Gaston Hall at Georgetown University last week, his advance team requested that the university hide or remove any religious symbols or signs while the president was on stage. Of the more prominent was a monogram IHS, whose letters in Greek spell out the name of Jesus and which normally perches above the stage in Gaston Hall. During the address, the monogram was covered with what appeared to be black wood.

Georgetown is a private Catholic institution founded by Jesuits in 1789. The auditorium in which the president spoke is normally adorned with religious imagery, but only the symbols directly on the stage — those likely to be picked up by a television camera — were obscured.

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, accused the university of “cowardice” for acceding to the While House, and criticized Obama’s team for asking a religious school to “neuter itself” before the president made his address. “No bishop who might speak at the While House would ever request that a crucifix be displayed behind him,” said Donohue.

The White House said that the backdrop, which included blue drapes and a host of American flags, was standard during policy speeches and other events.

Though the advance team asked that the religious signs be veiled, the president himself included in his message an analogy from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as he outlined his plans for an economic recovery. “We cannot rebuild the economy on the same pile of sand,” he said. “We must build our house upon a rock.” [FoxNews.com]


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The Gospel Coalition National Conference Webcast

As a reminder, The Gospel Coalition National Conference webcast, “Entrusted with the Gospel: Living the Vision of
2 Timothy,”
begins Tomorrow, April 21 and runs through Thursday, April 23 at Christianity.com.


After the conference all videos will be available for FREE
on demand at Christianity.com.

SPEAKERS

John Piper         Don Carson
Tim Keller          Mark Driscoll
Phil Ryken         Ligon Duncan
Bryan Chapell    K. Edward Copeland
Ajith Fernando

For a full schedule and to view the live webcast click here.

Follow conference activity on Twitter with the tag #gcnc09

I will be following this conference online as time allows over the next few days.  The timing wasn’t right for me to go in person (bummer!) but at least I will get to watch it live and learn from these great leaders and teachers!

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I forgot to mention that I had an article published this past Wednesday in our local newspaper – the Waseca County News.  You can read it online.  It’s titled “The Amazing Grace of Easter”.

(my dad sent this to me.  I have a dumb foot!)

You have to try this please, it takes 2 seconds. I could not believe 
this!!! It is from an orthopedic surgeon…. This will boggle your 
mind and you will keep you trying over and over again to see if you 
can outsmart your foot, but, you can’t.

1. Without anyone watching you (they will think you are GOOFY……) 
And while sitting at your desk in front of your computer, lift your 
Right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.

2. Now, while doing this, draw the number ‘6’ in the air with your 
Right hand. Your foot will change direction.

I told you so!!! And there’s nothing you can do about it! You and I 
both know how stupid it is, but before the day is done you are going 
to try it again, if you’ve not already done so.

Send it to your friends to frustrate them too!

Pastor James MacDonald offers an insightful and scathing rebuke of both Brian McLaren as well as those who would defend his aberrant theology.  Below is the beginning, but the whole article is well worth your time!  Pastor MacDonald’s words are strong, but they need to be when it comes to protecting the Gospel.

What an incredibly difficult thing it is to think and act like a Christian when we are so incredibly immersed in our culture.  The job of thinking biblically, while the deafening noise of societal norms rings in our ears and our own personality biases our convictions, can seem impossible.

I receive some interesting comments on this blog, not all of which get  posted.  Especially pointed were several recent comments related to my post about Brian McLaren.  I didn’t specify McLaren’s denials of the orthodox teaching on Hell (see note 1 below), or penal substitution (see note 2), or Scripture (see note 3) because the main audience for this blog is immensely familiar with McLaren’s writing.  Another reason I did not detail his errors is because that has been done extensively in such helpful books as D. A. Carson’s Becoming Conversant With Emergent, and Why We’re Not Emergent by DeYoung and Kluck. (Tim ChalliesDoug Wilson also have helpful reviews of McLaren’s Generous Orthodoxy.) and

I do not view Brian as an ‘erring weaker brother,’ worthy of sympathy or olive branches, but rather as a dangerous false teacher who repackages mainline liberal theology. (Have the past 50 years not been adequate to see how liberal theology empties churches and damns souls?)

More dangerous still is that McLaren packages his false teaching and denials of Scripture as  solutions to some of the excesses currently plaguing evangelicalism—the danger being his winning over of young people who have legitimate complaints about the current church, but who lack the discernment to see that his solutions are often unbiblical even when his critiques are fair.

Read the full post HERE.

I’m stealing the following from Justin Taylor because I was going to post exactly what he has already posted.  Tune in or watch it online!  I watched a 2 minute clip earlier today and it looks very interesting.

Mark Driscoll will be on Nightline tonight, debating the existence of Satan.

But you can already watch the whole show online.

Amy Letinsky was at the event live, took notes, and provided some thoughts.

Mars Hill Pastor Jamie Munson writes 8 Things to Know About Nightline’s Satan Debate.

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. – 1 Corinthians 1:18 (ESV)
The Good News

What is the Good News?

Well, let’s start with what the Good News isn’t. It isn’t that you can attend church, that you can fit in with a new social group or that you can pride yourself about how good of a person you’ve become.

The Good News is that God loves you.

Now you might be saying to yourself, “Yeah, sure I knew that. God is love and I’m a pretty good person, sure, good news, great.”

But, that’s not just it.

The Good News is that God loves you.

Now tell me, what have you done for the Creator of the universe lately? He gave you your life, yet what do you do with it? Do you pursue your career? Do you entertain yourself with media? Do you spend your time eating and drinking and making yourself merry?

But we all know such moderately innocent pursuits do not stop there.

Do you lie? Do you lust? Do you obsess over your money? Do you tolerate the Lord’s name to be used as a cuss word? Do you envy what people around you have? Do you yearn for any of your passions above Him?

Do you honor Him with your life?

Take a look at it from His perspective. God is perfect; He created you to be with Him, but how have you received Him? (With indifference) How often have you even thought of your Creator, the all powerful being who loves you? Once a week? Once a month? But we do more than that. We oppose Him. We are daily, hourly committing imperfect acts which we morally smear against God’s face. He loves us and we throw Him on the wayside of our lives collectively spitting in the face of the One who created us.

And what must a perfect Creator do to the creation which constantly dishonors Him? He must separate Himself from it. Just as a judge can’t harbor a criminal, so too, God can not tolerate rebellion. It must be punished. But…

Here is where we get to that Good News. At the same time that we were collectively spitting in the face of the Creator who loves His spiteful creatures, we have a God who set about to save anyone who would come to Him. This is the greatness of the Good News: “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8 (ESV)

That is the sweet news of the Gospel: God loves you.

He did not let the relationship of Creator and creature remain broken. Instead He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for your rebellion and for your sins. He paid the penalty, He paved the way.

So let me urge you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to the God which you have lived your life against. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might be reconciled.

Repent of your rebellion.

Put your faith in Jesus.

Live your life for the God who loves you.

That is the Good News.

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might BRING US TO GOD…. – 1 Peter 3:18 (ESV)

(Written by Bryan and Caleb at 10:31 Sermon Jams)

http://wasecachurch.org New sermon is posted – Titus 2:11-13 – Amazing Grace

Here’s a Taste:

Then verse 12 and 13 come along saying, God’s grace “teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ”

How amazing is that? Not only does God’s grace save us, but if we embrace it, it will empower us to say no to the bad things of this world? That is the freeing power of grace. Through grace we can be set free from the things that haunt our past. Addiction, abuse, neglect, anger, pain, suffering, lying, cheating, stealing, whatever it is, in the grace of Jesus Christ WE CAN BE SET FREE! How many of you believe that? Well you all should! Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty I’m free at last – right? Jesus died to set each and every one of us free. And we have to lean into that grace, and onto that grace to sustain us.

Click here to read the full sermon!

When I want what God wants for the reasons God wants it I’m unbeatable and unstoppable. – Steven Furtick

In 2003, the Merriam-Webster company, which has been publishing dictionaries since 1847, added a secondary definition for marriage, which included same sex couples. Only this week did the change gain national attention. According to a press release from Merriam-Webster, quoted by the Associated Press, “The edited entry merely reflected the frequency with which the term ‘same-sex marriage’ had popped up in print and become part of the general lexicon. Its inclusion was a simple matter of providing dictionary users with accurate information about all of the word’s current uses.”

The current definition of marriage found in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is: (1): “The state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2): the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage (same-sex marriage).” [FoxNews.com]