Archives for January 2018

A Note From Josh – Center Newsletter, January 2018

You do not have to be the same person you were in 2017. You can change. For instance; this year I made a resolution to eat more salad. Okay, that is kind of a joke. But to be more thoughtful, consider the gospel. One of the most provocative claims of the gospel is the promise for transformation. Two Christian doctrines that capture this truth are the doctrines of sanctification and justification. Sanctification is based on the Latin word sanctus, which means holy, this term has been used traditionally to describe the process in which new life is imparted to the believer by the Holy Spirit, and he is released from the compulsive power of sin and guilt and is enabled to love God and to serve his neighbor. Justification comes from the Latin justificatio, and was used by Paul in his N.T. letters to signify that act by which God brings man back into proper relationship with him. Both of these doctrines capture God’s agency and empower creation to become more of who God has made us to be. God has done everything necessary for us to be faithful. We have everything we need to be the people God is calling us to be. You do not have to be the same person this year as you were last year. By the power of God in Jesus, our Christ, you can change. Have you made a resolution yet? If so, share that with me. I’d love to hear about how you intend to change in 2018. If some of this is confusing, simply put, I guess you could say, new year, new you 🙂 Amen? Amen.

A Note From Josh – College Newsletter, January 2018

You do not have to be the same person you were in 2017. You can change. For instance; this year I made a resolution to eat more salad. Okay, that is kind of a joke, but to be more thoughtful, consider the gospel. One of the most provocative claims of the gospel is the promise for transformation. Two Christian doctrines that capture this truth are the doctrines of sanctification and justification. Sanctification is based on the Latin word sanctus, which means holy. This term has traditionally been used to describe the process in which new life is imparted to the believer by the Holy Spirit, and he is released from the compulsive power of sin and guilt and is enabled to love God and to serve his neighbor. Justification comes from the Latin justificatio, and was used by Paul in his N.T. letters to signify that act by which God brings man back into proper relationship with him. Both of these doctrines capture God’s agency and empower creation to become more of who God has made us to be. God has done everything necessary for us to be faithful. We have everything we need to be the people God is calling us to be. You do not have to be the same student you were last semester as you will be this semester. By the power of God in Jesus, our Christ, you can change. Have you made a resolution yet? If so, share that with me. I’d love to hear about how you intend to change in 2018. If some of this is confusing, simply put, I guess you could say, new year, new you 🙂 Amen? Amen.

A Note From Ashley – Covenant Newsletter, January 2018

Whether you’re engaged, have been married for ten days, or ten years, you should join us at this year’s marriage retreat. Why? I’m so glad you asked. Read in on just a few conversations I’ve had with people in the last four months about marriage:

  • we are a year in and are feeling really grateful for our marriage;
  • we think counseling, even during the healthy times, is really great for our marriage;
  • we just don’t do well with conversations about marriage;
  • hey, we really appreciate you asking, our marriage is going well;
  • we don’t handle conflict well;
  • we thought for the first 19 years of our marriage that we were doing marriage the best of anyone we knew, and then I had an affair this summer.

And then there was the conversation I had with a friend who, via text, told me she and her husband had just gotten a divorce and I had no.idea.they.were.even.struggling. Marriage is one of the best and most challenging covenants anyone could commit to. If you think you and your spouse can do marriage alone, I would graciously and humbly submit to you that, well, you’re very wrong. And anyway, it’s way more fun to have people you love and trust cheering for you in the stands, and to be those people for others’ marriages as well.

We are so excited to welcome James and Ashley Wilson to Nashville as this year’s marriage retreat facilitators. James and Ashley have been leading marriage retreats for the past four years around the country, and we can’t wait for them to join us. We hope you will, too. Friday evening, February 2, and Saturday morning, February 3, promise to be a time filled with friends new and old, laughter, sweet conversation, and words that move us deeper into relationship with one another– as spouses and as friends. Invite another couple you know and join us. If last year’s retreat was an indication, we promise you won’t regret this one.

See you at church and around town,

Ashley

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