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
Here’s a great reminder and charge to go and put our faith into practice in our everyday lives.
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
TD in front of UCLA’s beautiful new Luskin Conference Center
We had a wonderful time at UCLA two weekends ago with Ligonier Ministries, as we got to watch Al Mohler answer tough questions from a live public audience during Ligonier’s Ask Anything Tour on Friday night; and then we were taught by Mohler, Burk Parsons, and Stephen Nichols during Ligonier’s Truth and Consequences training on Saturday. It was a faith building weekend that challenged us to work on our skill set in representing Christ better in the public square.
Here is the video of Friday night’s Ask Anything Tour, with a Table of Contents of questions below, so you can go to the question you’d like to hear:
2018 Ask Anything with Al Mohler @ UCLA – 3/2/18
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)
Video of RC’s surprise b-day greeting on my 50th
It is with profound sadness that I inform you of the passing of one of the great ones, Dr. RC Sproul. As giant a figure as he had become in Christendom for enabling the lay person access to the deep truths of God and powerfully and indelibly confronting us with His absolute and transcendent holiness, he was a humble, gracious, generous, funny, and loving man. He was a hero to me and so, so instrumental in teaching me and helping to shape not only my theology, but my character. He will be sorely missed.
In the video above, you can get a flavor of his warmth and kindness as he surprised me with a clever birthday greeting for my 50th this summer.
Please pray for his family, as they work through their loss. They said they are weary, saddened, yet rejoicing for him. Here’s why they are rejoicing:
We’ll be posting more from his life and ministry in the weeks ahead, so you too can be impacted and your faith deepened.
Here’s the official announcement:
Dr. R.C. Sproul, Called Home to the Lord
Dr. R.C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord this afternoon around 3 p.m. surrounded by his wife, Vesta, and family in his hospital room in Altamonte Springs, Fla. He was 78. He died peacefully after being hospitalized twelve days ago due to severe respiratory difficulties exacerbated by the flu and complicated by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Known to millions of Christians as simply “R.C.,” he was used of the Lord to proclaim, teach, and defend the holiness of God in all its fullness. Through his teaching ministry, many of us learned that God is bigger than we knew, our sin is more deeply rooted than we imagined, and the grace of God in Jesus Christ is overwhelming.
God called R.C. to proclaim the gospel to as many people as possible. R.C. did this knowing the Lord did not need him. In fact, he wanted people to know the enduring, faithful witness of God’s servants throughout church history. God powerfully used R.C.’s ministry in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to awaken people around the world to the truths of classical Christianity.
It belongs to others in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead to assess the impact of R.C.’s ministry in the history of the church. In this moment, we feel loss—immense sadness and profound loss—the loss of a pastor, a teacher, a leader, a brother-in-Christ, a friend.
R.C. now sees the object of his faith, the risen Christ, high and lifted up. He now hears the seraphim’s song before the throne, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
We will be publishing details about the memorial service and providing an opportunity to leave a note of appreciation for Dr. Sproul’s ministry at RCSproul.com in the coming hours.
Visiting with RC and his family last month
Hey TD’ers and TD Alum,
May I ask you to please stop for a moment and make a hearty petition to God, asking Him to help heal and restore health to my friend and a hero in my life, Dr. RC Sproul, who is sedated in the hospital in the Intensive Care Unit in serious condition. His breathing is being supported by a ventilator and he has fluid in his lungs.
His daughter, Sherrie, told me this afternoon that he is a little more stable but is “not out of the woods.” Please pray that God would lead him out of the woods.
In addition to being a world-class theologian that has helped countless number of Christians in the last four-plus decades to grow in awe and wonder and appreciation of the holiness of God, he is a really good guy. He is gracious, kind, amazingly sharp and witty, very funny, and yet very humble.
Our entire high school Sunday School curriculum, from 9th – 12th grade comes from his teaching, and all of your Sunday School teachers and TD leaders have been profoundly impacted by his faithful teaching and unique ability to communicate difficult theology in a way that is profound yet understandable.
We were able to visit with RC and his family last month in Orlando (see picture above), and he was as sharp and gracious as ever. Your prayers for RC, his wife, Vesta, and the rest of the family would be one way you can make a return contribution to him.
Thank you so much – Arthur