SERMON = The gospel according to animals (Genesis 1)

Sermon = The gospel according to animals (or) The intrusion of heaven, part 2
Trinity Sunday (A)
Text = Genesis 1 (and 2)

Google Slides presentation 

Theme = Purpose for which God made humanity + places us in the world and how our relationship with creatures reflects the gospel and salvation in Christ

Ed.Not the most biblically or theologically precise sermon I have delivered. To a large extent I was having fun. On a more serious note – the reason I love animals so much is largely because of the theology outlined in this sermon.

Introduction

 

  • Two? Two different Beanies Boos?

 

  • I can only eat one Happy Meal
  • I mean… my daughter can only eat one Happy Meal at a time
  • The manager laughs and smiles
  • Because she knows
  • Two weeks ago I begin a quest
  • To collect all the Beanie Boos
  • That McDonald’s puts in the Happy Meals for children
  • 15 different small Beanie Babies
  • Of different animals
  • Including a rhinocerous!
  • So I go to McDonald’s every day
  • For 2 weeks
  • And try to collect all the different Beanie Boos
  • For my daughters
  • And then a worker tells me
  • She has all 15
  • What? How? How did you do that?
  • She just buys the toys
  • You do not have to buy a Happy Meal
  • You can buy only the toy for $2
  • Oh

26 Then God said, “Let us make humankind[a] in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth,[b] and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”

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FYI = Science Saturday! at LIGO Livingston – Saturday June 17

This is not a Church of the Nations activity. We are sorry but we are not planning to take a group. We simply want to let everyone know about a great opportunity to learn about exciting science every month. 

Okay… many of you heard remember the news. That LIGO detected and confirmed gravitational waves! But did you know… one of the two LIGO facilities in the United States is “down the road”… about 30 miles away… in Livingston Louisiana? One of the most important discoveries in cosmology and physics happened in our “backyard” right here in Louisiana. Gabriela Gonzalez – the spokesperson for LIGO Livingston – is a professor at Louisiana State University!

Bonus = Dr Gonzalez will speak tonight at at the Highland Park Observatory for the monthly meeting of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society. Starting at 7:00 p.m. She probably does not start speaking until ~ 7:30 p.m.

LIGO Livingston has a Science Saturday the third Saturday of every month. In which the facility is open to the public. There are science demonstrations… science exhibits… all (most?) of which people can touch and work with them… a video that explains LIGO… and a tour of the facility including a visit to the control room. Maybe you will notice another gravitational wave! This month it will be 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tours of LIGO are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. We know some families who visit LIGO Livingston every month because they and their children enjoy it so much. Tomorrow the theme for Science Saturday will be “balancing science”. I have no idea what that means.

Where is it? How do you travel there? It is about 30 miles away – usually it takes 45 minutes by car. Click here for directions.

For Sunday = Purest thing in the world

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Important announcement from the pastor Rick Wright

I am genuinely sorry if you learn this news through a post on our website. We want to tell all of you in person. It is not possible because of our schedule this month . We decided to wait until after Sunday June 4th to share this with you our dear friends.

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1)

Eighteen years ago our family answered the call of God on our lives and moved from Virginia to Louisiana. It was in some ways a foreign land that has become our home. And only the call of God can make us leave our ministry with internationals through Church of the Nations and University Baptist Church. Several weeks ago a whisper during my evening prayer time became an unexpected call to “go” to a new place. It is with sadness and gratitude we share with you that the call of God is clear, and he is leading us to a new place of service for his kingdom. Rick will serve as pastor of another church near Baton Rouge.

It is a great gift of God to work with Church of the Nations. We have built friendships with people from all over the world. And have had the honor of working with the best team of volunteer ministers. To work with Church of the Nations is to swim in an ocean of joy.

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PAPER = All Israel will be saved (Romans 11:26)

This is one of the better papers I wrote in seminary. Had a conversation this morning that reminded me of this paper and my unexpected, surprising conclusion. I am thankful to Professor Das who kindly let me draw on his unpublished dissertation.

Paper_1999_StudyofRomans11-26a_RickWright

Science! at English Conversation – Friday June 9

Note = (1) Do not bring young children to English Conversation. We have good reasons for this rule. (2) If you have a name tag… bring it.

Scientific research! Who pays for it? How much do governments spend on scientific research? Too much? Not enough? Is this a good way to pay for it? This is a more “advanced” lesson. The topic and some of the vocabulary are a little more difficult. Come practice your English and learn more about American culture at English Conversation this Friday June 9 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the home of:

Jim and Missy Epperson
7543 Blendon Drive, 70808

Epperson home

You can drive yourself or ask for a ride. Important note = Please contact us (email works best) by Thursday if you want to come to English Conversation and need a ride. We will pick you up at one of our bus stops (see list below) only if someone says “I need a ride, please pick me up”. We will not go to every stop on this list. Remember that everyone is welcome and we are happy to pick people up… but people must tell us they plan to come and need a ride. 

  • Extremely important! Note new and updated times when we can stop to pick up people! The “old” schedule has too much time between some of the stops. We almost never go to Edward Gay apartments (no one who lives there needs a ride).
    • Boone (next to Place du Plantier apartments) at 6:55 p.m.
    • Highland Plantation (now The Hub) bus stop (the bus stop that is not next to WalMart) at 7:00 p.m.
    • Milford + Gourrier (between El Cid + Embassy apartments) at 7:05 p.m.
    • The Oliver (4600 Burbank Road) the bus stop in front of the apartments at 7:10 p.m.
    • (For a long time we do not have anyone in Tigerland or Brightside who needs a ride. If you live there and need a ride… let us know.)
    • Tigerland (bus stop on Alvin Dark across street from store) at 7:15 p.m.
    • Brightside bus stop (across from Circle K gas station – outside The Blox) at 7:20 p.m.

Directions from Louisiana State University (pretty easy this week):

  1. Drive southeast on Highland Road
  2. Turn left onto Kenilworth
  3. Turn left onto Blendon
  4. Look for house 7534 on the right

Map of 7534 Blendon Drive, 70808 at Mapquest

Paper = Baptismal theology and practice of Hubmaier

The file needs some cleaning up. One of my better papers from seminary. “Baptismal theology and practice of Balthasar Hubmaier” – July 20 1997.

CH2-PAP2 needs cleaning (DOC)
Paper_BaptismalTheologyPracticeBalthasarHubmaier_19970720 (DOCX)
DOC026 (PDF)

Hebrew notes = Psalm 104

Long psalm and lots of notes. This will save you time.

Psalm 104 (PDF)
Psalm 104 (DOCX)

Lections = Pentecost Sunday (A)

Texts_PentecostA_20170604 (PDF)
Texts_PentecostA_20170604 (DOCX)

Bring your friend to social English Conversation – Friday June 2

Note = (1) Do not bring young children to English Conversation. We have good reasons for this rule. (2) If you have a name tag… bring it.

We are doing something new. About three times a year (maybe Winter, Summer, Fall?) we will host a “social” English Conversation that emphasizes meeting people, knowing each other better, how Americans and internationals interact in social gatherings (wow that sounds like a sociology textbook), and bringing new friends to experience English Conversation. It will be like English Conversation and Welcome Party at the same time. There will be an English Conversation lesson but also more opportunities to meet, share, and talk. Come practice your English and learn more about American culture at English Conversation this Friday June 2 starting at 7:30 p.m. at in the “fellowship hall” at: 

University Baptist Church (fellowship hall)
5775 Highland Road, 70808 

See that low building in the middle of the picture? with 4 windows? that's the fellowship hall

See that low building in the middle of the picture? with 4 windows? that’s the fellowship hall

You can drive yourself or ask for a ride. Important note = Please contact us (email works best) by Thursday if you want to come to English Conversation and need a ride. We will pick you up at one of our bus stops (see list below) only if someone says “I need a ride, please pick me up”. We will not go to every stop on this list. Remember that everyone is welcome and we are happy to pick people up… but people must tell us they plan to come and need a ride. 

  • Extremely important! Note new and updated times when we can stop to pick up people! The “old” schedule has too much time between some of the stops. We almost never go to Edward Gay apartments (no one who lives there needs a ride).
    • Boone (next to Place du Plantier apartments) at 6:55 p.m.
    • Highland Plantation (now The Hub) bus stop (the bus stop that is not next to WalMart) at 7:00 p.m.
    • Milford + Gourrier (between El Cid + Embassy apartments) at 7:05 p.m.
    • Tigerland (bus stop on Alvin Dark across street from store) at 7:10 p.m.
    • Brightside bus stop (across from Circle K gas station – outside The Blox) at 7:15 p.m.

Directions from Louisiana State University:

  1. Drive southeast along Highland Road
  2. Turn left onto Leeward Drive (after the big digital sign)
  3. Turn left into the first parking lot
  4. The fellowship hall is the low building in the middle.

Map of 5775 Highland Road, 70808 at Mapquest