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Dennis Kinlaw Stories

It seems that almost everyone who knew Dennis Kinlaw or sat under his ministry has a story to tell! Whether it was the words he shared, the look in his eyes, the hilarity of his laugh, or the wag of his finger, many of us want to share how his life impacted ours. We need to […]

Just Ask!

Visiting a member of our church in the hospital some years ago, I invited the family to form a circle around the bed so I could offer a pastoral prayer. Surgery was scheduled for the next day, and the outcome was in doubt. After prayer, a member of the family piously said, “Thanks, Pastor Stan. One thing we can be sure of is that whatever happens tomorrow, we know it is the will of God.” We shook hands and said goodbye.

As I walked to the parking lot, the words kept echoing in my mind: “Whatever happens is the will of God. Whatever happens is the will of God. Whatever happens is the will of God.” By the time I reached my car, I was in turmoil. Whatever happens is God’s will? What kind of theology is that? I was tempted to walk back to the hospital room and say, “I’m sorry. I didn’t realize that you folks were Muslims!”

Islam teaches that all that happens is Allah’s decree and, therefore, the essence of piety is to submit to his predetermined plan. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, however, introduces a radically new concept. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is not Fate. Though God is certainly sovereign over everything that happens and though he knows the end from the beginning, he is not the author of evil. Creating humans with the gift of free will, God has injected into human life a variable that leaves the future, at least to some degree, in our hands!

Something to Think On

The “Modern 95 Theses”, by Greg Gordon, are making their way around the internet. If you havn’t read them, they’re thought provoking, to say the least, and worth a read. Several of the theses center around the very core of FAS, the message of holiness. Greg Gordon is the founder of Sermonindex.net, where you can […]

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