• A Divine Appointment in Ecuador

    by Shawn Merithew on June 30, 2009

    Once our mission team was on the ground in Ecuador, they learned that some serious political changes had taken place during the last year.  In 2008, Ecuador adopted a new constitution (which happens there about every 8.5 years).  This new constitution is much more socialistic than the previous one.  For all practical purposes, it puts in place a soft dictatorship under Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.  The majority of seats in the new government (more…)

  • Lingering Thoughts on the Love of God

    by Shawn Merithew on June 23, 2009

    I love the third stanza of the hymn “The Love of God.”  It says, “Could we with ink the ocean fill, and were the skies of parchment made, Were every stalk on earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade, To write the Love of God above would drain the ocean dry.  Nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky. (Refrain) O Love of God, how rich and pure!  How measureless and strong!  It shall forevermore endure the Saints’ and Angels’ song.”

    Rarely do we rightly capture the boundlessness of God’s love in this way anymore.  In our modern Christian sub-culture, we have reduced God’s love to a self-serving sentimentality that makes us the center of God’s universe and diminishes the reality of His holy transcendence.  In the end, we are self-assured of His love for us, but we have completely abandoned the force of its biblical meaning and expression.

    It is that reality that I sought to bring us back to as I preached on the love of God this past Sunday.  In the hopes of inviting further meditation on the wonder of His love, I am going to reiterate some of those truths here this week. (more…)

  • Jesus Loves the Little Children

    by Shawn Merithew on June 11, 2009

    You may have never heard of “Biological Church Growth,” but I guarantee you have seen it.  It is what is happening right now at Morningview.  Biological Church Growth takes places when the members of a congregation contribute to the growth of the church by having children.  You might have noticed from our attendance numbers that (more…)

  • On Adoption and Orphan Care: A Proposed Resolution

    by Shawn Merithew on June 5, 2009

    On May 19th, Russell Moore, the Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Seminary, submitted a resolution to the Resolutions Committee of the upcoming 2009 Southern Baptist Convention. The resolution on Adoption and Orphan care is a well worded statement that succinctly states our biblical responsibility to care for needy children.  Our church has been incredibly blessed with faithful families who have brought us the blessing of adopted children, and my sincere hope is that we will see even more families among us embrace the joy of caring for orphans.  To that end, I would like us all to read Russ Moore’s resolution and considerhow we can develop this kind of ministry in our church family.  The resolution is as follows:

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