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Vol. 55, No. 38
Sunday, September 19, 2021
  • Lowell Langford visited with us Sunday morning. It was so great to see him. Make sure to welcome him.
  • Max Ladd, Cary and Sharon's brother, has been diagnosed with Covid. 
  • The Anna Street youth group will begin meeting Sunday nights at 6 PM on September 19th. Invite friends!
  • On Sunday, September 26 @ 4:00 p.m. bring your friends and family to a free celebration of God’s love for you at John Stiff Memorial Park. You’ll enjoy live music from the Newsboys and other uplifting musicians, as well as a powerful message of hope from Franklin Graham. Encourage your loved ones to join you for this uplifting event. Please bring your own chairs and blankets.
Nathan will begin a study of the book of Revelation Wednesday nights in the month of September. Come see the message of hope and urgency that John hoped Jesus’ followers would have.

Sept. 22nd
Seven Churches: Part 1
Sept. 29th
Seven Churches: Part 2
Church services are at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning in the auditorium. We continue to live stream to YouTube. You may click here to go directly to the live streaming site or here for a link to learn how to access and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Our Wednesday evening services are as follows:
Song Practice         6:45 – 7:25 (40 min. of singing)
Break                     7:25 – 7:35 (10 min. break)
Teaching Time      7:35 – 8:15 (40 min. of teaching)
Nathan continued his lesson series from Romans 12. This lesson involved the idea of what it means to be in harmony with God, with family, and even with those who mean to harm us.

Sunday's lesson is here
I Just Woke Up
    If you don’t know that I’m a gray-haired old coot, what I’m about to tell you will confirm how ancient I am.
    All of my life when I wanted to tell somebody what time I opened my eyes and climbed out of bed, I’d tell them, “I woke up at 7 (or 8, or—now that I’m retired—at 9 or 10).” That’s the only way I used the word “woke.” So I must confess that I got confused when I started hearing that common term used as an adjective (as in, the woke generation).
    Just reading the news convinced me that “woke” no longer means someone is not asleep. So I began to dig to explore how in the world I’m supposed to interpret this age-old word in this modern age.
    Googling “woke” took me to Wikipedia, which told me it “is a term that originated in the United States, referring to a perceived awareness of issues that concern social justice and racial justice.” They went on to explain that “woke,” as it is used nowadays, is derived from an African-American vernacular expression and now refers to continuing awareness of these issues.
    Merriam-Webster, says that “woke” now means “aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice).” But they
went on to warn that the word often may be “used as a stick with which to beat people who aspire to such values.”
    So the gist of my research on “woke” woke me up to the fact that left-wingers use this word as a compliment but extremists on the right have “weaponized” it, using it as a put-down or an insult to liberal activists they disagree with. To know which meaning is intended, you have to know the views of the person using it.
    Not surprising. The bulk of our vocabulary is like that. Even our most benevolent words such as mother, or son, or even God, can become curse words or filthy slang. It depends on who says them and why.
    “No man can tame the tongue,” James warns us (3:8), but Jesus urges all of us to try to. He warns us that our tongues can get us into lots of trouble, whether we use them to pray long, pretentious prayers or to call somebody a dirty name. The Word tells us to be careful with our words.



By Gene Shelburne
Christian Education

Part Five
     The foundation of modern Christian Education can be traced to the Renaissance and   Reformation movements.  Through these movements the power of the Catholic Church was broken.  The Renaissance (1400 – 1600) emphasized reason, exalted the individual, stressed the right of private judgement, and turned men to study the ancient classics of Greece and Rome to develop familiarity with the sources of true knowledge.  Thus, the Renaissance strengthened education’s focus on the humanistic ideas that Pantaenus and others like him had introduced into the church back in the 2nd and 3rd centuries.  His idea to combine reason and intellect with Christian Doctrine has evolved into the idea that reason and intellect replaces God.  The church had wrestled with these intertwining ideas since Pantaenus.
     Most historians believe the Reformation began when Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the church door in 1517 and ended around 1685.  It was concerned with moral and theological issues.  Inherent in the Reformation position were several principles having the greatest bearing on education.  The first was that authority of the Bible supersedes the authority of the church in faith and morals.  Second, was justification by faith, which meant that the individual is accepted by God through faith in Jesus Christ without the mediation of a priest or the church. Finally, there was the assertion that an individual needs no interpreter of truth other than the Holy Spirit.
     Before the Reformation education was a luxury for the wealthy or the clergy.  The reformers believed that every child should have an opportunity for education.  They believed that the church had the responsibility of educating with support from the state and parents.  Luther started many schools in churches.  These schools met in the church facilities and used church materials while parents were responsible for a child’s attendance and reinforcing lessons at home.  In some places the clergy and teachers even met with parents and students once a year to discuss the student’s progress.
     The reformers changed the emphasis in education.  They emphasized the sovereignty of God in every subject taught.  John Calvin believed that every fact receives its significance and meaning from the mind of God, which is contrary to humanistic thought.  They insisted that teachers not only be trained in secular subjects but receive a degree in theology as well. 
     Though catechetical schools were around in the 3rd century, and the medieval universities started in the 8th century under Charlemagne, the reformers came up with the blueprint for what would later become the American university.  The colleges of Yale, Harvard and Princeton followed the model that John Calvin created for his Genevan Academy.  

By David Keller
Anna Street Church of Christ
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