Family Update November 2014
October started with our return to Nenana. We really enjoyed the ministry retreat and loved the time together in Anchorage. But it was so nice to come home.
October has removed any doubt that winter is here. The temperatures have been very mild. We have had snow several times and it is not melting until spring. The roads have been very good. Even better, the truck we were able to buy, thanks to donors’ special gifts, is very safe and stable and has four wheel drive.
We have started a youth group again. There was a lag there for a time after the former youth leader moved to Juneau. We have all former AWANA students. We are focusing the teaching on how to read the Bible for one’s self. We have had a lot of fun and the youth have already presented a skit to the folks on Sunday morning.
We are focusing on settling in for the winter. Temperatures may soon drop to twenty, thirty or even forty below. The sun is setting earlier. Winter is fully upon us.
Recently I came across an article written by a Christian research scientist and professor. The article examines the faith of the scientist since many atheists claim one cannot be a Christian and be intelligent too. The article is laid out in an outline form and was written up for use in the author’s church.
I wanted to add the article and ask for comments – what do you think about the claims of the author?
Can a Thinking Person Be a Christian?
Michael A. Covington – Beech Haven Baptist Church – 2006 June 13
1. When I was young, I thought that as I became more educated, I’d have to either abandon traditional Christianity or start ignoring evidence. As I grew older I learned that:
a. The claims of Christ survive all the intellectual tests I can put them to;
b. If they did not, they would not be worth believing.
c. Very few people have actually become non-Christians because of intellectual arguments. Mostly, they take it on authority that someone else has disproved the Gospel… or they fall away from Christ first and then look for rational justification. (Behavior first, then intellect.)
2. It makes no sense to be a semi-Christian, to just “draw inspiration” from the Gospel without actually believing it.
a. Why should I “draw inspiration” from Christ rather than somebody else?
b. Christ didn’t present himself as a source of “inspiration.” He claimed to be God. Either he was God, or he was not a sane man! (Some say he didn’t actually claim to be God. Well, his followers certainly thought he did, from a very early stage.)
3. So why shouldn’t I be a Christian? Some non-objections:
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Well, AWANA has begun for this school year. Today was a theme day – Double Dollar Day! Today, every section completed was worth two AWANA dollars for the kids.
I have the privilege of working with the Sparks club. I usually have the same kids each week. Two of these kids have been with me since last year. One of these, a boy, was finishing a section where he was reciting John 1:1-4. I began asking him if he understood the passage. He explained that Jesus had come as Savior and that Jesus was everyone’s Savior.
I explained that this was not exactly true. Jesus is the Savior for those who trust in him to save them from their sins. People who never turn to Jesus and trust in him for their salvation have no Savior.
He thought about this for awhile. I could almost see the little gears turning. I asked him if he had ever asked Jesus to be his Savior and got a head shake in reply. So I asked if he thought it was time to ask Jesus to be his Savior. He responded that he thought he should recite more sections and pray to Jesus later. Continue reading