Archive for May, 2012

May 14

Help for the Pilgrimage of the Christian Life

2012 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Recommended Resources,Sermon Follow-Up

In Sunday’s sermon, “A Better Home,” Ryan preached from Psalm 84, a psalm with the familiar and lofty line, “A day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere” (84:10). While we certainly believe this to be true, we recognize that we don’t always live like it. We believe it, but we know we should believe it more.

That’s why, as Ryan said, the Christian life is a pilgrimage. We are on our way to the perfect presence of God.

On this pilgrimage, the author of Hebrews encourages us with the example of Old Testament saints who looked forward to their heavenly home in Hebrews 11:13-16:

These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

Following in the example of the faithful from the Old Testament means following them, ultimately, in the direction of their hope. This better and heavenly country, of course, is nothing less than the New Heavens and New Earth. And what’s so much better about it? There, we will hear the words, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man” (Revelation 21:3).

Another help for the pilgrimage comes to us from the English Puritan, John Bunyan. His classic, Pilgrim’s Progress, unfolds the nature of the Christian life by means of a powerful and imaginative story, making sense of the various struggles and temptations faced by every Christian. You can purchase a copy of Pilgrim’s Progress at Amazon here.

For children nine years old and up, Oliver Hunkin’s adaptation, Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim’s Progress, is an excellent resource.

Below is a two hour version of Hunkin’s adaptation being read with illustrations.

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HT: Justin Taylor

May 10

Clarus ’12 Video Now Online

2012 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Clarus 12

May 9

Resources for Helping Children Hope in God

2012 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Recommended Resources,Sermon Follow-Up

On Sunday, Ryan preached from Psalm 78, one of six history psalms. The other history psalms are Psalms 105-107, 114, and 136. Psalm 78 is unique, however, for its focused statement of purpose to rehearse the history of Israel in order that the next generation should “set their hope in God.” That’s actually a very nice way of stating the aim of all Christian parenting.

Here are some resources for helping you help your children set their hope in God:

Resources on Parenting

Resources About Family Worship

Tools for Family Worship

Resources About The Church’s Ministry to Families

May 2

¿Hablas Español?

2012 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Recommended Link

If you read this blog, you probably speak English. But perhaps Spanish is your primary language, or perhaps you have a relationship with someone for whom Spanish is their primary language. As a church, ministry among Spanish speakers is an important part of what it means to fulfill Jesus’ great commission, a commission to make disciples which includes teaching them to obey all that Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:18-20).

With that in mind, here are three opportunities for Spanish speakers:

Spanish Translation on Sunday Morning

A Spanish translation of DSC’s Sunday morning service is provided each Sunday during the 10:45 AM service. Spanish translation headsets are available on Sundays at the Information Center in the foyer. If you or someone you know would like to take advantage of this, please contact the church ahead of Sunday to give notice that you will need translation by emailing Carolyn Rush at

Spanish Speaking Community Group

DSC has a new Spanish speaking Community Group open to all Spanish speakers and those desiring to improve their Spanish. This group meets on Thursday evenings for a meal, fellowship, worship, and study in Spanish. For more information, please contact the church office at 505.797.8700 or by email at

The New Spanish 9Marks Site

Many of you will be familiar with 9Marks Ministries, a ministry founded by Mark Dever and dedicated to “building healthy churches.” 9Marks was with us as a sponsor at Clarus in 2011, and has produced a number of books about healthy church life that we heartily recommend.

9Marks recently launched a version of their website in Spanish. Visit the new and expanding site here.

¿Qué es 9Marks?

9Marks es un ministerio dedicado a equipar líderes de iglesias con una visión bíblica y con recursos prácticos. Nuestra meta es simple: Iglesias que reflejen la gloria de Dios.

9Marks has also released several of their books in Spanish and other languages, including Chinese, French, German, and Korean. For a list of translations, click here.

Spanish Bibles

We always have a number of Bibles available in Spanish. To obtain copies for yourself or others, contact Clint at the church office at 505.797.8700 or by email at