As school has now officially started for everyone, for many of you that comes with anxiety – anxiety about your performance, your social position, relational drama, and so on. With anxiety comes uncertainty and worry. The truth is that God will not remove many of the circumstances that we fear; He will, however, be with us and help us walk through them.
Here’s a short article to help ground you with the right thoughts and perspectives as you head back into the new year. If you prayerfully and humbly work on putting them into practice, things may just turn out better than you thought. Enjoy. – Arthur
As we end summer and start a new school year, demands on our schedule will force us to prioritize and make good use of our time. I always tell my clients that the greatest commodity we all have is time. Every moment spent is gone forever; we never get any of it back.
The following article from Gabe Fluhrer in Tabletalk Magazine (by Ligonier Ministries) is a good read that will help you steward you your time with the right perspective and understanding. Enjoy! – Arthur
Here’s a great reminder and charge to go and put our faith into practice in our everyday lives.
I read this devotion from Tabletalk recently and thought I should pass it on to you. It’s based on a chapter of Scripture I memorized long ago and recite each week to this day. May it help you in your “love” life! – Arthur
That’s a good point, isn’t it, TD?
Yet, that seems to be something we are fighting each other about. “TD is too intense, too long, too deep” et al are the cries of those who want TD studies to be lighter, simpler, and more bite-sized for easier consumption. But is that really what God wants from us? Is that what’s going to help get you through high school growing spiritually stronger each year? This is something we all at TD, both students and leaders alike, need to consider and pray through, and then act upon. I believe the following article brings some insight into the discussion. – Arthur
This Friday, we will have the privilege to attend the Ask Anything Tour at UCLA, hosted by Ligonier Ministries. Dr. Albert Mohler, a world-class prolific author, radio host, TV guest (ABC, NBC, CNN, FOX), newspaper contributor (Washington Post, USA Today, Wall St. Journal), social commentator, theologian, seminary president, and Ligonier Teaching Fellow will be inviting non–church going students, skeptics, and atheists to literally ask anything pertaining to life, faith, Christianity, culture, etc. It will be a profound time.
This is not an event churches are invited to. It is an event for the skeptic and unbeliever. However, TD has been granted permission to attend.
If you have RSVP’d with your small group leader already, you are in. If you have not but would like to go, let your leader know IMMEDIATELY and we’ll see if we have space for you. If we do, we’ll let you know when to meet and where. The event is at UCLA from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
If you are not going with us, there will be no TD meeting at church.
TD has also been granted permission to attend Truth and Consequences, a training event to help equip Christian college students to defend the claims of Christ, to explain to unbelievers that Jesus is the way of salvation, and how to know Him more fully. Trainers will be Drs. Albert Mohler, Stephen Nichols, and Burk Parsons.
Again, if you signed up with your small group leader, you’re in. If not, please let them know ASAP and we’ll see if we have space. The event is from 9 a.m. – Noon
We look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Short video of clips of RC proclaiming the gospel through the years
Hi TD Family,
I’ve thought about, gave thanks for, and ached for RC everyday since I first learned of his hospitalization and then ensuing Homecoming. I’ve reminisced fondly over our times spent together, enjoying not only fine food, but hearing him explain to us the finer details of our Real Food, our faith in Christ.
My family will remember his gentleness and frivolity with our kids over the decades. He loved kids, knew how to make them feel comfortable, and knew how to make them laugh. He’s the one who taught us the unique “Give me five … up high … down low … ” ritual that I use with young ones today.
RC was also sincerely humble, not taking himself too seriously, often making fun of himself. He once was excited to tell us, “As I came out of the shower this morning, do you know what Vesta (his wife) said to me? She said, ‘When I married you, I knew I was marrying an athlete, I just didn’t know it was going to be a sumo wrestler!'” We howled in laughter together.
I have often had people address me as Pastor or Pastor Arthur, have assumed I went to seminary, or comment that they couldn’t believe that I didn’t go to seminary. More than anyone, I owe that to RC Sproul, whose calling and vision was to bring the seminary to the layman, to bridge the gap between seminary and Sunday School. I am the fruit of what RC envisioned, a lay theologian on the street or in the field, as it were.
I commuted for work from South Pasadena to Orange County from 1990 – 1997, before opening up my Pasadena office. I have often called my little blue Honda Civic my seminary, for it was there that I had stacks of theological courses taught by RC Sproul sitting in my passenger seat. Each day, for nearly an hour’s drive each way, I would listen to the audio cassette tapes over and over again, hanging on RC’s teaching and being increasingly blown away with each listen … of the same lesson! For hundreds of hours, I listened and learned from RC, meeting ultimately with … God.
It was RC that alerted me to the fact that in order to really maximize what you get out of a lecture, you need to listen to it about a dozen times. I have found that to be true and lament when I see Christians think they know what a passage in the Bible says because they have read that passage before or have heard a message on that passage already.
In the absence of any older spiritual mentors at church for me, RC was like a surrogate spiritual father to me; not directly, but certainly indirectly. Thus, it was a distinct privilege and joy to interview RC for you at TD a few years ago when we did the “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” series.
It is a great interview that is personal, honest, real, and very candid. There are things that will surprise you. We typically receive about 20 – 25 views a day on the TD blog. In the last few days, we have received well over 2,200 views, primarily driven by these interviews. Some have linked them to their blogs.
I am also giving you the links to some extraordinary tributes from extraordinary people that are MUST READS. They will not only give you more depth to understanding RC, but will also help you grow in living out your Christian life. – Arthur
Arthur’s Interview With RC
MUST READ Tributes to RC
Steven Lawson’s Tribute to RC (this one is especially good)
(Al Mohler on CNN – the Christian lady interviewed sounds like many Christians sound – well intentioned but unclear on how faith intersects with life)
Where do you stand on the Roy-Moore-running-for-senate controversy, especially since much has to do with his faith and his actions? Wait, you don’t know who Roy Moore is and what the issue is about?
Christians have often been accused by both society and the church for being insular, burying our heads in the sand, caring only for our own local churches, and for not knowing what’s really going on in society and not making much difference in it. While that cannot legitimately be asserted for Christians as a whole, sadly, I think it can be said for a sizable portion of the God’s church.
One of our aims in TD is to help those of you who are desirous and willing to become more effective in representing the Lord in your future engagement with society as a resident of this world, yet as a citizen of Heaven. We see that poignant engagement encompassing a broader scope of societal impact than perhaps you’ve considered; we’re talking about future engagement in academia, the marketplace, the church, the arts, the public square.
One of our aims in TD is to help those of you who are desirous and willing to become more effective in representing the Lord in your future engagement with society as a resident of this world, yet as a citizen of Heaven.
One way to catch a vision of this is to watch and study those ahead of you who are doing it well. That’s why we have consistently exposed TD’ers through the decades to those who are excelling in their callings and who have made significant impact both in society and in the church. The two cannot be divorced.
Jesus said that the very greatest commandment that His children need to live by – everywhere, all the time – is to authentically love the Lord our God with the energy, fortitude, focus, intentionality, resolve, intensity, humility that we have; and that kind of love comes with a practical, tangible, meaningful love that impacts others’ lives in Jesus’s Name. Again, the two cannot be divorced. They are natural bed fellows. When the first happens, the second naturally follows and, in fact, is a significant part of fulfilling the first.
One such Christian who is representing His Kingdom effectively in this way is R. Albert Mohler
One such Christian who is representing His Kingdom effectively in this way is R. Albert Mohler (or commonly referred to as Al Mohler), President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, author, social critic and host of the radio show, “The Briefing,” frequent TV news interviewee, essayist, blogger, teacher, speaker, Ligonier Fellow, Christian apologist, and more importantly, faithful husband and father, and most importantly, child of God.
Take a look at his web site, read, listen, and let him help you grow, sharpen, expand, defend, and think as a Christ-follower: Al Mohler’s website
His CNN interview above on the Roy Moore issue is an example of how a thoughtful, faithful Christian can represent Christ clearly and faithfully in the public arena while addressing public issues fairly and effectively.
This is not even public news yet (you are one of the first to know), but Dr. Mohler is coming out to UCLA to address questions of unbelievers, those in doubt, and serious questioners of the Christian faith at UCLA. We at TD plan to be there to support and to learn from one of the best! I’ll share more as the event draws nearer; but we can start praying for the impact of the event now.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15
Let’s open our hearts and minds and hands and feet to let our God make us into who He wants us to be, to do what He wants us to do, TD! – Arthur