Eastern Wind SymphonyStone Hill Arts Series presents the Eastern Wind Symphony in concert on Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of beautiful music by this...
Men's RetreatMen's Retreat 2018 Registration Form Where: America’s Keswick When: March 9-11, 2018 Theme: “You are the man!” Topic: Relationships in the life of King David...
“Science and the Bible: Ways to Look at the Two Great Revelations of God”Led by Andy & Pat Bocarsly at 9:30 a.m. in Harris Hall.
JeremiahThe Jeremiah Class, led by John Wilsey, will begin on January 28th at 9:30 a.m. in the Library.
This week at Stone Hill
Come worship with us! Services begin at 9:30 and 11:10, and Sunday School classes are offered during both services.
Pastor to People
In order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us (Romans 8:4).
If you trusted Christ as Savior and Lord, you are called to live his righteousness in this present age. Learning about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King has helped me in this calling. My wife, Karen, offers thoughts on a readable biography of Dr. King:
April 4, 2018, marks fifty years since Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered in Memphis, TN. It seems fitting that, in the month that we honor Dr. King, I review a biography. Winner of both the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book and the Christopher Awards, Let the Trumpet Sound, by Stephen B. Oates, presents King as a real and admirable leader. It shows his challenges and triumphs, and details how, against great odds, he changed American history.
Choosing a book about King’s life is no easy task. King himself wrote a number of autobiographical works. In addition, King biographies abound. In my quest, I started by reading Taylor Branch’s Parting the Waters, the first volume of a 3000-page trilogy. It is excellent, it is formidable. For this review, I recommend the much shorter biography by Oates, since it is both accessible and, at least by comparison, “concise.”
Oates’ biography is a well-researched chronological study of King’s life, starting from his birth and moving steadily through his non-violent campaigns, all the way to his untimely death. We meet King’s friends and foes. We see the relentless schedule he kept as he battled prejudice in South and North, as he stood against both black and white violence, and as he wavered between doubt and confidence. We also see how the backdrop of Vietnam War politics, Civil Rights debates, family needs, and a growing Black Power movement influenced King’s campaigns.
Dr. King heard the call of God and continued relentlessly towards the goal of bringing justice to his people and equality to his nation. Fifty years later, his vision is closer but not achieved. We do well to listen to his heart and learn from his example.
News & Notes
Adult Ed: “Science and the Bible: Ways to Look at the Two Great Revelations of God”: Is led by Andy & Pat Bocarsly at 9:30 a.m. in Harris Hall.
Communion Prep: Join the team to help prep for communion. This can be done once a month or on a rotating basis. Please contact the church office for more info at 609-924-3816 or email@example.com.
Adult Ed: Jeremiah: Will begin on January 28th and be led by John Wilsey at 9:30 a.m. in the Library.
DivorceCare: Our 13-week Christ-centered divorce recovery and support group begins Saturday, February 3rd. If you are experiencing the emotional and spiritual upheaval of a separation or divorce, please contact Amy Hellesen for further details at 201-317-5629 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastern Wind Symphony Concert: Stone Hill Arts Series presents the Eastern Wind Symphony in concert on Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of beautiful music by this wind and percussion symphony. Free admission; enjoy light refreshments after the concert. Invite a friend!
How To Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds by Alan Jacobs
Our culture seems more divided than ever, many of us hardened against any idea that contradicts our particularly held narratives of how the world works. Alan Jacobs, a professor at Baylor University, experiences this division first-hand in navigating two very different groups that often view one...
Waiting on the Word: A poem a day for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany by Malcolm Guite
It is the second week of Advent, and December has already been a tough month. The Christmas season can be a grief-filled time, without the cheer so often promised. Yet Malcolm Guite’s Advent devotional, Waiting on the Word, uses the expansiveness of art and language to quietly help us...
The Carols of Christmas by Andrew Gant (Thomas Nelson, 2015)
Here are some odd and ends of Christmas carol trivia:The first line of a best-known carol originally read, “Hark, how all the welkin rings! Glory to the King of kings.” (So what’s a welkin?) The words of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” can be traced back to seven prayers, the Advent antiphons,...
Mary Through the Centuries: Her Place in the History of Culture by Jaroslav Pelikan
In the 500 years since the start of the Protestant Reformation, few issues continue to divide Protestants from Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians like the doctrine of Mary, mother of Christ. Where the latter two groups see Mary as the one who is “Full of Grace,” “higher than the Cherubim...
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
The book called Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick is amazing. In this story, starting in 1977, Ben is deaf and is traveling to New York City in a search for his dad but finds someone else instead. At the same time, the book tells about another character, Rose, who is also deaf and...
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle
Father Gregory Boyle, author of Tattoos on the Heart, is a Jesuit priest who has devoted his life to working among the urban poor in Los Angeles. While serving at Dolores Mission Church and watching his community be ravaged by gang violence, Father Boyle mobilized his parish to found ...
Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline, MD and Jim Fay
I thought parenting would be easy until I had my own children! 2 Timothy 4:2 reminded me to “correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.” But too often I was angry and frustrated, exhausted by power struggles with those precious little gifts from God.
The Life We Never Expected by Andrew & Rachel Wilson
Written by the parents of two autistic children, The Life We Never Expected contains a wealth of wisdom and practical strategies for raising children with special needs. Keenly insightful and concise enough even for the most sleep-deprived parent, this book radiates empathy and...
Eastern Voices: Insight, Perspective, and Vision from Kingdom Leaders in Asia in Their Own Words
Just a few miles from Stone Hill sits a tiny white church that has been repurposed to function as an architect’s studio. The building serves as a metaphor for the decline of the Christian faith across the US. But something much different is happening in other places. Over the past 50 years,...
The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
For years I’d heard about C.S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy and had considered it with apprehension. I am not a great reader of science fiction, but I had difficulty anticipating how Lewis’s work might compare with Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game series, books...
Silence by Shūsaku Endō, Trans. William Johnston
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon, Disney-Hyperion, 2016
Emily Lo Gibson
With the massive refugee crisis across the globe, it's hard to turn on the radio and not hear about the millions of people fleeing war, poverty and persecution. Certain places and people are familiar to our ears: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan…
But what about...