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Apr 9

Resurrection Poetry by D. A. Carson

2009 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: Quote,This Sunday

This Easter Sunday the sermon will focus on Luke 24:13-47. When I mentioned that to my wife she pointed me to D.A. Carson’s devotional, For the Love of God: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God’s Word. On the reading which covers Luke 24, Carson gives this poetic account of the chapter:

They came alone: some women who remembered him,

Bowed down with spices to anoint his corpse.

Through darkened streets, they wept their way to honor him‚

The one whose death had shattered all their hopes.

“Why do you look for life among the sepulchers?

He is not here. He’s risen, as he said.

Remember how he told you while in Galilee:

The Son of Man will die and rise up from the dead.”

The two walked home, a study in defeat and loss,

Explaining to a stranger why the gloom‚

How Jesus seemed to be the King before his cross,

How all their hopes lay buried in his tomb.

“How slow you are to see Christ’s glorious pilgrimage

Ran through the cross,” and then he broke the bread.

Their eyes were opened, and they grasped the Scripture’s truth:

The man who taught them had arisen from the dead.

He was a skeptic: not for him that easy faith

That swaps the truth for sentimental sigh.

Unless he saw the nail marks in his hands himself,

And touched his side, he’d not believe the lie.

Then Jesus came, although the doors were shut and locked.

“Repent of doubt, and reach into my side;

Trace out the wounds that nails left in my broken hands.

And understand that I who speaks to you once died.”

Long years have passed, and still we face the fear of death,

Which steals our loved ones, leaving us undone,

And still confronts us, beckoning with icy breath,

The final terror when life’s course is run.

But this I know: the Savior passed this way before,

His body clothed in immortality.

The sting’s been drawn: the power of sin has been destroyed.

We sing: Death has been swallowed up in victory.

Apr 9

Who’s to Blame for the Execution of Jesus?

2009 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: Gospel,Quote,This Sunday

In the first chapter of Jesus on Trial, James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken ask, “Who is to blame for the arrest, trial, and execution of Jesus?” They suggest seven different categories of people involved in “The Conspiracy” (the name of the chapter), elaborating on each throughout the chapter:

  • The Jewish religious leaders
  • Judas
  • The Roman rulers
  • The crowd
  • Us
  • God, the Father
  • Jesus himself

While Boice and Ryken do not use the following words, I would summarize their conclusion like this:

The multiplicity of conspiracies leading to the death of Jesus was precisely what God had planned for accomplishing our redemption and glorifying the Son. However wicked and unjust each part of The Conspiracy was, they fit together like a jig-saw to bring about the greatest event in redemptive history. What appears to be “the perfect storm” is, in fact, a Divine orchestration or a perfectly executed battle plan. Or, in the words of the early disciples, these seemingly horrible events are simply “whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur” (Acts 5:28).

Then the chapter ends with this smile-worthy analysis:

Jesus is just full of surprises. Put him to death, and he comes back to life. Conspire against him, seeking his death, and he will conspire against you, dying for your sins and then rising again to give you eternal life. Put Jesus on trial‚ if you dare! Try to decide if he measures up to your standards and you will discover that all the while he has been investigating you. Perhaps even now Jesus is plotting to bring you into a whole new relationship with him.

Feb 28

Sunday AM Message / Sunday PM Music

2009 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: Recommended Link,This Sunday

The preaching this Sunday will take us back to our study of Luke’s gospel account, as we examine 7:1-30. There we’ll see three stories of healing, faith, salvation, and mission. Like almost every story in the gospel accounts, these verses show us different angles on similar themes: who Jesus is; how he reveals himself in his public ministry; how people variously respond to the person and work of Jesus. Once again, let me encourage you to read the passage, perhaps with the family or a friend, before our time of corporate worship tomorrow morning. Come prayerfully and expectantly.

Also, remember that this Sunday at 6:30 PM we’ll be having a night of classical and jazz musical performance. We’re calling it “For the Joy of Music and the Glory of God.” I’ve been hearing some of the music practiced for weeks (even months) now since my wife, Sarah, is one of the musicians. If you’re able to come, you’re in for quite a treat…if I may say so! Remember, this is a great thing to invite a non-Christian friend to, especially with someone you think wouldn’t yet be interested in coming to an actual church service yet. It’s simply a night of great jazz and classical music. And it’s free!

By the way, if you’re wondering about the benefit of music performance in the church (ie, music-for-music’s-sake), or, more generally, in the church’s involvement in less overtly religious things like art and culture, take a look at this article by William Edgar, “Good Company, Good Art, and a Good Laugh.” Bill’s written many great articles on similar themes, but this is certainly one of my favorites.

Feb 19

The Worst of Times Are the Best of Times for Giving

2009 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: This Sunday

We have the great honor and pleasure of having Matthew Ellison teach us from God’s Word this Sunday. Matthew will be looking at 2 Corinthians 8:1-9, where Paul reminds the Corinthians that “The Worst of Times Are the Best of Times for Giving.” Financially troubling times like these can produce fear, but they also provide many opportunities to help others who are in need. Pray that God would help us to joyfully trust in Him and seek first His kingdom, even though our senses tell us to worry because the world is out of control.

Feb 6

This Sunday: “On Fruit and Foundations”

2009 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: Quote,This Sunday

This Sunday’s message will continue to examine Jesus’ sermon in Luke 6. We have seen Jesus teaching some hard sayings here, like “love your enemies” (vss 27-36) and “do not judge or you will be judged” (vss 37-42). This Sunday we will see Him explain the “root” from which this “fruit” flows and the “foundation” on which such radical love and mercy rest (vss 43-49).

Related, this quote from David Brainerd (1718-1747) highlights the danger of good works done for the wrong reasons:

When I had been fasting, praying, obeying, I thought I was aiming at the glory of God, but I was doing it all for my own glory–to feel I was worthy. As long as I was doing all this to earn my salvation, I was doing nothing for God, all for me! I realized that all my struggling to become worthy was an exercise in self-worship. I was actually trying to avoid God as saviour, and to be my own saviour. i.e. I was not worshipping him, but using him.

May God grant us discernment and grace to know well the difference between genuine fruit which flows from our connection to the tree (Christ) and that which is self-made “righteousness” done for our own glory — or, as Brainerd said, an exercise of self-worship.

Jan 30

This Sunday’s Message

2009 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: This Sunday

This Sunday we’ll return to our study of the gospel of Luke. The message will focus on discerning right judgment from wrong judgment. If you get the chance, read the passage beforehand: Luke 6:36-45, especially vss. 41-42 where Jesus gives the parable of a man with a plank in his eye socket trying to “help” someone get a splinter out of their eye. What a humorous and yet sobering picture of hypocrisy. May God teach us well as we come together for corporate worship on the Lord’s Day. Come prayerfully and expectantly!

Jan 23

This Sunday

2009 | by Ryan Kelly | Category: This Sunday

This Sunday, Barry Lawrence will be back at DSC and ministering God’s Word to us. He’ll be preaching from Moses’ Psalm – Psalm 90. Take the time, before our Sunday worship, to read the passage and pray that God would by glorified to use it mightily.

For anyone who’s been at DSC for about a year or more, Barry needs no introduction. In case you’re fairly new, let me give a brief into: Barry is a long-time teaching pastor from Rochester, NY, who moved to Albuquerque a few years ago to work with Sixteen:Fifteen as a missions-coach to churches. He made DSC his church home and served as an elder for a couple of years before moving back to Rochester just a couple of months ago. He continues to work with Sixteen:Fifteen, focusing on coaching churches on the east side of the country. But since Sixteen:Fifteen’s headquarters are here in Albuquerque, Barry will be back in town from time to time.

In addition to the “staple” parts of our service (singing, prayer, Word), this Sunday we’ll also take the time to announce the appointment of a new deacon and two new elder candidates. I guess, in God’s providence it’s a week to give thanks for leaders, old and new. God is good to our church.