Two weeks left on the current book series. This week, we’ll focus on Chapter 13 and a few examples of other people’s lives in the public square; how their efforts “mattered”. Names include:
Martin Luther King Jr.
George W. Bush
“Reasonable people” in reasonable places
Another easy read this week and you’re welcome to look ahead to next week’s assignment: Chapter 14 and the Epilogue
Speaking of next week. We’ll gather for breakfast at a location to be determined to wrap up the book series and have some fellowship before the start of Holy Week.
We won’t meet on Good Friday and after that, we’re going to do a quick 5-week study I’m calling “My Favorite Disciples”. I’ve asked a handful of individuals from our group to prepare one Friday over that 5-week span and share their thoughts on “their favorite disciple”. Some might reference the book, “Twelve Ordinary Men”, a study we’ve done a couple times. But more importantly, when we exit Holy Week and the celebration of the Resurrection, I want us to think about what was going on for the disciples. They were scattered, hunted, and full of doubts. How did they ever get it together?
The schedule for the next few weeks is posted on the SignUp Genius (click on image below):
Anyway, that’s looking ahead.
Dig into Chapter 13 this week and I look forward to leading the discussion on Friday. Have a great rest of the week. We’re meeting over Zoom or in-person at South Park.
We’re getting close to “breaking the tape” on another study series. This week, we tackle chapter 11 “My Life in the Arena”….leaving just three more chapters after this week! Our author discusses very specifically his path from considering a life in ministry, to (instead) falling into the family business…and eventually dipping his toes into the political waters in Knoxville (as mayor) and the state (as governor).
Haslam will explain how EVERYTHING was planned out perfectly as he wanted it to be…….NOT!
As we’ve heard time and time again, the Governor looks back on his career in politics and can artfully trace God’s hand in all the key decisions.
Join us this Friday as Luke Nelson leads the discussions. Join via Zoom or at the South Park location. 7:30 am ET start. 7:45 am ET kickoff to the lesson.
This week’s topic is one that’s been around for as long as I can remember: separation between Church and State (Chapter 9 of our book). As the story goes, Governor Haslam was visiting a Tennessee farmers’ market and had taken time to purchase local fruits and vegetables, as his wife had instructed him to do. (He must be a smart man by listening to his wife’s wisdom!) An elderly man was patiently waiting his turn to speak to the Governor. When the man finally got to Haslam, he simply asked, “So, why did you veto the Bible?”, referencing a recent reversal of legislation by the Tennessee state house making the Bible the official state book.
Haslam outlines how our founding fathers established the First Amendment as a way that no preference would ever be given by law to any religious establishment or mode of worship. So, when the legislators created the Bible as Tennessee’s official book, they did not specify it for it’s religious significance; rather, as one with historic and economic significance.
I’m sure the press only shared one side of the story but Haslam’s explanation in his veto letter speaks about our nation’s ongoing struggle of the separation between church and state. He writes:
“If we believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, then we shouldn’t be recognizing it as only a book of historical and economic significance. (And) if we are recognizing the Bible as a sacred text, then we are violating the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Tennessee by designating it as the official state book.”
Join me this week as I’ll lead our discussions around this topic. We have Zoom option or we’re back to gather in-person in South Park. I’ll kick things off at 7:30 am in fellowship and will open up on discussion at 7:45 am.
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