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Archive for March, 2016

Mar 26

It is Finished! (Tetelestai)

2016 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Gospel

At our Good Friday service we left in quiet and contemplation after viewing this animated video, “It is Finished!

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This song was written by Caitelen Schneeberger, produced by Drew Hodge, and animated by Chris Powers with Full of Eyes. You can buy the song here.

Mar 22

Easter Weekend and a Special Request

2016 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Announcement

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
– 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

This is going to be a full week. That is, a week full of Christ and his people. In addition to Wednesday’s Lord’s Supper service, here’s what we have in store:

  • Friday, March 25: Good Friday service at 6:30 PM with childcare for children four years old and under
  • Sunday, March 27: Easter services at 7:30, 9:00, and 10:45 AM, with childcare for all children during the later two services.

Of course, don’t forget to invite someone to our weekend services. Here’s a digital invitation to make that easy.

A Special Request for Easter Morning

If possible, on Sunday morning, please attend the 7:30 AM service. Imagine that you come to church once a year and this year a friend from DSC invited you to church. You plan to arrive when service starts. You show up maybe even five minutes early, but you are directed to an overflow room to watch the service on a TV. This is too-bad at a number of levels. But it is preventable if several hundred of our normal attenders attend the 7:30 AM service instead of their regular service.

If you have young children, this may not work, as we don’t provide childcare for this service. Or if you are inviting a friend or family member to join, 7:30 AM may not be the better time. But if it’s a matter of convenience we would ask that you do come early to ensure a seat for our many guests who will attend the later services. Thanks for helping us be hospitable.

Mar 21

Gender Ideology Harms Children: Eight Statements

2016 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Recommended Link

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) has released an important statement on gender identity, gender ideology, and children.

Here’s how their statement begins:

The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.

In the full statement here, each of the following points is elaborated on in the space of a paragraph.

1. Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder.

2. No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex.

3. A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking.

4. Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous.

5. According to the DSM-V, as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.

6. Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence.

7. Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBQT – affirming countries.

8. Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.

This is what they are calling a temporary statement that precedes a fuller project to be released this Summer. We can be thankful for socially conservative healthcare professions coming together in organizations like this and for these kinds of bold and needed statements.

(HT: Justin Taylor)

Mar 18

Songs from Clarus ’16

2016 | by Drew Hodge | Category: Clarus 16

Psalm 126:2 says, “Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.'” Like God’s people then, we are exiles longing for our home. We live in an uncertain world with challenging waters to navigate. However, we know our King is on His throne and will come again. In the meantime, we sing.

Below is a list of the songs used at this years conference. May they be used to renew your minds and tune your hearts.

Friday Night:


Saturday Morning:


Saturday Afternoon:


Sunday Morning:


Mar 7

Clarus ’16 Photo Roundup, Sunday, March 6

2016 | by Ben Moore | Category: Clarus 16

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Mar 6

Session 8 Recap: Taylor, “The Great Adoption to Come: The Public Unveiling of Our Identity in Christ” — Romans 8:18–25

2016 | by Nathan Sherman | Category: Clarus 16

Editor’s Note: Scott Pilgreen is a lay leader and biblical counselor at Desert Springs Church in Albuquerque, NM. This post is a summary of Justin Taylor’s message from Sunday morning at Clarus, March 6, “The Great Adoption to Come: The Public Unveiling of Our Identity in Christ,” from Romans 8:18–25.


In his book, Knowing God, J.I. Packer says: “If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of…” We might think that Packer would finish his sentence with how much he makes of the Bible, justification by faith alone, atonement, etc. But Packer finishes that statement by saying, “…the thought about being God’s child and having God as his Father.” Our understanding of Christianity cannot be better than our understanding of adoption.

With an understanding of the overall theme of Romans as, “The righteousness of God as revealed in the saving work of Christ on the cross,” Justin Taylor showed how this theme specifically understood in Chapter 8 through the doctrine of adoption.

The Apostle Paul, contrasts those who do not know the Lord against those now that they know Him. In 8:14-17, Paul introduces a new concept that those who believe in Jesus Christ have gone from death to life and are now called sons of God. Justin then asked the question, “What does it mean to truly be a son of God?” We begin to grasp the answer by understanding that Adam was the original son of God, but because of his sin, he forfeited his sonship and became a slave to sin. We, like Adam, have forfeited our status as sons of God because of our sin. However, John1:12 says we become children of God when we believe on His name and receive Him.

In verse 15, Paul then contrasts the spirit of slavery with the Holy Spirit by showing us that we are no longer slaves that fall back into fear, but we have been given the Holy Spirit who adopts us as sons. We are then able to cry out ‘Abba! Father!’ Russell Moore, in his book Adopted for Life, gives an incredible account of he and his wife traveling to Russia to visit their soon-to-be adopted boys. When infants are not being attended to and no one is hearing their cries, they stop crying. But when they realize that someone cares for them, and they cannot be removed from or rescued from their present circumstances, they let out primal and guttural cries for help.

Justin then asked, “How does it work for us to believe in the invisible Abba, Father, especially when there is an Accuser speaking lies to us? How do we know for sure that we have a Father?” The answer is found in 8:16. According to Scripture and the Apostle Paul, the Spirit bears witness with our spirit to our Holy God. The Holy Spirit is a person. He is powerful and sure, and he bears witness that we are God’s sons.

Paul ends Romans 8 with a series of rhetorical question in order to interrogate our unbelief and our preoccupation with this present age. If we are in Christ, Romans 8:31-39 is for us and about us! We have been changed and resurrected, spiritually raised and adopted, but we live in the age of groaning. There is a physical resurrection coming when God alone gets the glory as He brings His sons and daughters home.

Mar 5

Clarus ’16 Photo Roundup, Saturday, March 5

2016 | by Ben Moore | Category: Clarus 16

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Conference Photography by Ben Moore. Contact Ben at ben236@me.com.