CONNECTIONS L O C A L & G L O BA L S TO R I E S, N E W S A N D E V E N T S O F C O L L E G E C H U RC H
“There is unexpected freedom in dependence upon God.” Read “God’s Great Mercies and Our Great Dependence” by Heather Owens on page 6
SIDE BY SIDE
FACE TO FACE
David Setran on Christian Parenting
PAT CIRRINCIONE | 10
DAVID SEAMAN | 14
KEITH BODGER | 23
TABLE OF CONTENTS PA GE 02
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PA GE 05
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From the Editor
Brother Andrew: A Spiritual Father
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God’s Great Mercies and Our Great Dependence
In Attendance TOM JOHNSTON
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Thanksgiving Eve Offering
Autumn Burrs KEITH BODGER
PA GE 10 Amazing Grace: And Its Effect on Me PAT CIRRINCIONE
PAG E 23 Sanctity of Human Life Updates
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What s Real? WALLACE ALCORN
Under the Radar
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Artist Spotlight—Sarah Nelson
At the Bookstall
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PAG E 27
PA GE 14 David Setran on Christian Parenting DAVID SEAMAN
PAG E 28 Campus Maps
Our Pastors, Directors and Residents: Josue Alvarado, pastoral resident | Matt Anthony, pastoral resident | Cheryce Berg, director of children’s ministries | Roger Burgess, pastor of visitation | Julie Clemens, director of disability ministries | Erik Dewar, pastor of worship and music Baxter Helm, high school pastor | Dan Hiben, middle school pastor | Tim Hollinger, technology director | Howard Kern, facilities director Bruce Main, pastor of visitation | Josh Maurer, pastor of discipleship | Curt Miller, missions pastor | Josh Moody, senior pastor Richard Moomjian, pastoral resident | Ben Panner, college pastor | Mindy Rynbrandt, director of women’s ministries | John Seward, executive pastor | Nancy Singer, director of administration and 4nance | Wil Triggs, director of communications Our Council of Elders: David Bea | Mark Berg | Howard Costley, chair | Dave Gieser, vice chair | Randy Jahns | Heinrich Johnsen Josh Moody, senior pastor | Jeff Oslund | Roger Sandberg | David Setran | Jeremy Taylor, secretary | Chad Thorson | Brian Wildman
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Connections is a monthly newsletter published for and about the people of College Church. Send news items and suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep Connections in mind to promote a community event to the College Church family. Send event information by the following dates: For the December issue: November 9 | For the January issue: December 9 | For the February issue: January 9
CONTRIBUTORS WALLACE ALCORN
has taught, at least as a substitute or adjunct, on every level from kindergarten through doctoral students— but principally Bible college and seminary. For the past eight years, he has been a guest teacher four times each semester at Wheaton Academy.
a former art teacher, serves as a deaconess and volunteers in our disability ministries. She is this month’s featured artist.
KATHERINE BAYLIS a semi-regular contributor to Connections, is a tea enthusiast who loves rare books. She works in Bible manufacturing at Tyndale and is also a grad student at Wheaton College studying church history.
KEITH BODGER has lived in Wheaton since he married his wife, Mel. He and Mel have been at College Church for almost ten years and lead a small group. Keith’s summer gig was the emcee at Tuesdays Together.
HEATHER OWENS and her husband, Daniel, are College Church missionaries, serving in Vietnam. Heather homeschools their two sons Caleb and Nathan and coordinators the children’s ministry at their international church.
DAVID SEAMAN is an active member of our 20s ministry and has worked in various areas of writing and publishing. He grew up in Wheaton and is a graduate of Taylor University and has engaged in additional study at the University of Missouri’s journalism school.
JONATHAN CARSWELL is the CEO of 10ofthose.com— a book ministry that began as a hobby in his bedroom when he was a youth pastor in Northern Ireland, after studying at Durham University. He lives in Lombard with his wife, Felicity, and their two boys. He is a member of our church plant, Hope Fellowship.
DAVID SETRAN currently serves on our elder council. He teaches in the department of Christian formation and ministry at Wheaton College. He and his wife, Holly, have four young adult children.
PAT CIRRINCIONE If she isn’t cleaning house or washing clothes or cooking/baking for her family, Pat can be found, knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, reading and writing. If you can’t locate her, she is probably curled up in a chair with a good book. God and her family are her greatness joys—spending time with both has led to much joy, fun and laughter.
COVER IMAGE: Sarah Nelson, Poppies
NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICES
SPECIAL NOVEMBER EVENTS
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH The evening of November 6 during the service.
Join us at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Livestream broadcast is at 9:30 with a rebroadcast at 11. You can watch it at college-church.org/livestream
The Gospel of Jesus Pastor Josh Moody preaching on Mark
THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE AND SWEET TIME GATHERING The evening of November 23 at 7 p.m. No sweet signup needed this year; details to come about an exciting new outreach component. THANKSGIVING DAY TURKEY TROT 5K St. James Farm in Warrenville at 9 a. m. Register at https://gomin.org/tt22/ 10OFTHOSE SUNDAY MORNING BOOK EVENT The morning of November 27 in the Narthex ARTSPACE SHOW IN CROSSINGS Beginning November 27 “COME AT LAST” ADVENT HYMN SING IN CROSSINGS
NOVEMBER 6: Seeing and Really Seeing, Mark 8:22-9:1 NOVEMBER 13: Transfiguration and Crucifixion, Mark 9: 2-32 NOVEMBER 20: Lessons from a Little Child, Mark 9:33-50 NOVEMBER 27: ADVENT 1—Christmas: Can You Believe It? Just the Facts, Please, Luke 1:1-4
SUNDAY EVENING WORSHIP SERVICES Everyone welcome. In Commons Hall at 5 p.m. unless noted
The Church of the Gospel NOVEMBER 6: 1 Timothy 5:17-6:2. Ministry Associate Felipe Chamy preaching. International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church NOVEMBER 13: 1 Timothy 6:2-10, Pastoral Resident Richard Moomjian preaching NOVEMBER 20: 1 Timothy 6:11-21, Pastor Josh Moody preaching NOVEMBER 27: “Come at Last” Advent Hymn Sing in the Sanctuary
November 27 at 5 p.m.
ADULT COMMUNITIES ALL NATIONS Sundays 9:30 a.m. in C104F
• TEACHER: Jim Tebbe • STUDY: The Mission of God in Scripture—Daniel 1-6, signs in John’s gospel, end of Acts after Paul’s arrest, messages to the seven churches in Revelation • DESCRIPTION: Exploring the mission of God in Scripture through Bible study. There will also be testimonies, information about and prayer for the church in different parts of the world. FORUM 15 Sundays 9:30 a.m. in CL01
• TEACHER: Bruce Main • STUDY: Life of Christ • DESCRIPTION: In-depth study of important times in the life of Christ GREEK CLASS Sundays 9:30 a.m. in the Board Room
• TEACHER: Jon Laansma • STUDY: 1 John • DESCRIPTION: Knowledge of Greek is not required for this class.
LIFE TOGETHER COMMUNITY Sundays 9:30 a.m. in Commons Gym
• TEACHER: Teaching Team • STUDY: Varying Topics • DESCRIPTION: Authentic, biblical community for adults ages 25–40
LIVING WORD Sundays 9:30AM in C104A & C104C • TEACHER: Doug Moo, Josh Maurer and Felipe Chamy • STUDY: 1 & 2 Thessalonians • DESCRIPTION: Fellowship and exposition of 1 & 2 Thessalonians, with application to life today LOGOS Sundays 9:30 a.m. in C104E
INCLUSION CLASSES at 9:30 and 11 a.m. CHILDREN/TEEN STARS at 9:30 and 11 a.m. in C001 & C003 Commons Tunnel Level ADULT and MULTI-GENERATIONAL STARS classes at 9:30 and 11 a.m. in C002 & C005 Commons Tunnel Level STARS Choir at 5 p.m. in CL01 Commons Gym Level
WEDNESDAYS PRAISE IN ACTION at 6 : 4 5 p. m. in Welsh Hall in Sanctuary building
• TEACHER: Dan Haase • STUDY: The Gospel of John • DESCRIPTION: Appeal of Jesus
THRIVE Sundays 9:30 a.m. in Crossings-Clapham Main Area
Friday Night Fun on November 4, 6:30 p.m. in Commons Gym Level
BUDDY BREAK on November 4, 6:30 p.m. in Commons Tunnel Level
• TEACHER: Teaching Team • STUDY: Varying Topics • DESCRIPTION: Biblical community for 40s to mid-50s, including: single/ married/widowed/divorced. Join us to be encouraged and thrive. VERITAS Sundays 9:30 a.m. in C104B & D
MIDDLE SCHOOL (KMs) SUNDAY MORNING FOUNDATIONS, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the KMs room
WEDNESDAYS large group gathering, 6:45-8:15 p.m. Crossings East
• TEACHER: Neil Wright • STUDY: Book of Revelation—Young parents are welcome!
HIGH SCHOOL (HYACKS)
CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES (KIDS’ HARBOR)
Sunday night Discipleship in the Crossings at 7 p.m.
in the Crossings—Clapham main space
NURSERY (0-2) at 9:30 and 11 a.m.
BIBLE SCHOOL (preschool-fifth grade) at 9:30 a.m. WONDERS OF WORSH P WOW( second half of 11 a.m. service
(K-third grade) during
CHILDREN’S CHURCH (preschool) at 11 a.m. PRESCHOOL at 5 p.m.
SUNDAYS at 9:30 a.m. in the Crossings WEDNESDAYS from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
SUNDAYS at 10:45 a.m. in the Crossings Building Gospel Friendships, Shaping Biblical Convictions
HOME GROUPS: Monday-Thursday at 7 p.m. Bible Study of Romans
GOD’S CHILDREN SING (Kindergarten and Pre-K) and CHILDREN’S CHOIRS (grades 1-6) at 5 p.m.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14: Large Group in Commons Hall 9:30-11 a.m.
K DS HARBOR WEDNESDAY CLUBS
at 6:45 p.m.
Theme for the month: instilling contentment and The Wednesday clubs include Pioneer Girls ( grades 1-5) thankfulness in moms and kids and Boys Brigade (grades 1-5). Join us this year. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28: Park Playdate at East Street Park in Winfield, 9 : 3 0 - 1 : 3 0 a. m. continued on next page
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5: in Commons Hall, 9-10:30 a.m.
A landing place for you to grow in Christian community and launching pad to send you out in the ministry and These mornings are open to women of all ages and mission of the church. Weekly gatherings and events. in all stages of life. They include a short teaching and For more information, contact Kaitie Girgis at kgirgis@ testimony as well as time around tables with discussion college-church.org. questions. We hope to create a space where women can get to know each other and have meaningful and relevant conversations as we talk this year about what it looks like to love our neighbors.
Mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety and other problems with mood stability are real and WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY need compassionate support. Living Grace and Family Morning: 9:30-11 a.m. Grace are support groups that will meet about twice a Evening: 6:45-8:15 p.m. month on Monday nights. Living Grace is meant for the person who is living with the pain of difficult mental and This fall, we’re studying the Book of Deuteronomy. emotional issues; Family Grace is for the Through this last book of the Pentateuch, we see the unperson who has a loved one who struggles folding story of redemption as God chooses a people to set apart for his specific purposes. Well look at this Old with these issues. For a schedule or more information, email gracegroups@collegeTestament book through a New Testament lens, seeking church.org, or register using the QR code. to better understand God’s revelation of himself and what this means for us today. The Christmas Celebration is November 30.
Next spring, we look forward to diving into Luke’s Gospel Volunteers welcome, meet at 8:30 a.m. in Commons and seeing the compassion of Christ revealed. - Wefor antici fall cleanup on Saturday, November 12, box lunch pate a joyful and fruitful journey together this year. provided. Register at college-church.org/events To register, visit our website.
Join the senior adults (55+) of College Church as we enjoy a delicious dinner, followed by a lively program— MEN’S BIBLE STUDY from educational to inspirational to musical. Join us on 6:45-8:15 p.m. November 11 for a special Veteran’s Day program. The Commons C002 (tunnel level) evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 Thisfall,bothMensandWomensBibleStudieswillstudy and the program at 7 p.m. Reservations are required by the Book of Deuteronomy. There’s no registration needed, November 8 by emailing email@example.com. and we look forward to seeing you as we gather around GodsWordtogether.Ourhopeistocultivateahungerfor SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS GodandanabilitytohandleGodsWordindailylife. Has the loss of a loved one left you wondering how you will survive the MENS GATHERING weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Come be encouraged Enjoy breakfast, fellowship and a word of testimony, about dealing with loss during November 12, Commons Hall at 7:30 a.m. the holiday season. This special GriefShare seminar will be held VISITORS LUNCH Monday, November 14, from 7 to Know someone new to College Church? f so, invite 8:30 p.m. in Commons Hall. For more information, contact them to join you for a casual lunch in the Narthex (the Christy at ext. 175 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Sanctuary Lobby) catered by Jason’s Deli on Sunday, November 13 at noon. Lunch is on us! Come and meet APPLES OF GOLD pastors and staff, learn about College Church and find out how you can get involved. Help us plan Thursday evenings beginning January 12–February 23, by checking the box on the online connect 2023 at 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at a home nearby. Cost is panel, use the QR code, or by emailing $20, space is limited. For more information, contact Mary email@example.com. Gieser at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 668-5773. Next spring, we will study the Gospel of Luke together.
FROM THE EDITOR
UH OH—THANKSGIVING There’s a lot to love about Thanksgiving, good food being one of the mainstays, that and connecting with friends and loved ones at the same time. And the foods of that day reappearing in variations as leftovers is something I enjoy. This year Advent begins that weekend, and College Church’s Thanksgiving Eve service provides us with a service that many rank as one of their favorites. That service, followed by our Sweet Time, begins the weekend feasting. There’s also a first-ever art show in the Crossings and a carol sing there as well that weekend. But this holiday also has an underside that can be difficult and painful for many. Whatever tensions or disappointments life has delivered can easily magnify. Family divisions can be uncomfortable challenges as families gather or not. Those who mourn may do so with great intensity on this holiday, so we do have a surviving the holidays( edition of GriefShare. This issue of Connections can provide somewhat of a balm for the beginning of this season’s expectations and joys and disappointments. There’s Heather Owen’s frank and delightful story on prayer. Katherine Baylis’s quietly revelatory piece on Brother Andrew. David Seaman’s discussion with David Setran on his new book and two historical paths of family life that have shaped us all. And Keith Bodger’s piece resonates with sin being like those annoying burrs of autumn. I love Jonathan Carswell’s suggestions for books to give to others. The impulse to give is always welcome, but perhaps never so much as when we consider the help we provide through the Thanksgiving Eve projects selected by our board of missions and highlighted in this issue. Wallace Alcorns piece puts our focus where it should be all the time, on Jesus, author and finisher. I’ll end this paragraph considering Pat Cirrincione’s tears, not of holiday disappointment, but of ultimate joy as the words of Amazing Grace( come to eternal life as she recalls the good news coming to her the hour she first believed. Thank you, writers. Savor these gifts from our church writers throughout November and let’s head into the holiday season with fresh perspective and an eye to the uh ohs( that may be coming to us or those around us. Let us together guard our hearts and minds. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)
WI L T RI GGS
God’s Great Mercies and Our Great Dependence
GL OBAL VOI CES
Most gracious God by whose knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew; We yield thee unfeigned thanks and praise for the return of seed-time and harvest, for the increase of the ground and the gathering in of the fruits thereof, and for all other blessings of thy merciful providence bestowed upon this nation and people. And, we beseech thee, give us a just sense of these great mercies; such as may appear in our lives by an humble, holy, and obedient walking before thee all our days…
Bible) is tied to our human experience of the created world and of cultivating it. The prayer celebrates God’s providence in broken soil, spring dew, planting and harvest. It assumes that we don’t need to look far beyond our back doors to see God’s provision and that giving thanks does not need to be “feigned” or drummed up. The prayer asks that this profound sense of God’s great mercies will bub le over into humble obedience.
I resonate with the beauty and the truth of this prayer. At the same time, I haven’t really lived the experience it describes. I don’t have dirt under my nails and muck boots on my porch. Not many of us are I came across this prayer as I was farmers anymore. At least not those of thinking about celebrating Thanksgiving us living in the Chicago suburbs or in in the coming weeks. The prayer (like the heart of Hanoi, Vietnam. It can be many of the stories and images in the difficult for us to appreciate the extent of from The Book of Common Prayer in 1928
a farmer’s labors or the degree to which he must depend All this is so different from our everyday life in a modern, upon God for circumstances outside of his own control. global city. The students allow us a glimpse into the special We can only imagine spending months at back- breaking awareness farmers have of their dependence upon God work in the spring chill and the summer heat just to see and the gratitude they naturally feel when God protects our crops wither for lack of rain or wash away in a flood or and sustains them. They live near to the margin, but be riddled by pests. they also live near to their Provider. While am thankfu that I have been able to enter into the experience of the Whenwepluckourproducefromtherefrigeratedshelvesata students through their stories and prayer requests, it is supermarket, we forget that the food sustaining us required still a secondhand experience. There is something even dirt and sun and water and, above all, the kindness of God nearer that reminds me of our family’s dependence upon to grow. If we think about it at all, we might be thankful that a merciful God—support raising. berriesareinseasonorthatchickenisonsale.Werisklosing a deep sense of dependence upon God’s mercy to meet our needs. If we lose this sense of dependence upon God, we drift ever so gradually to depending upon ourselves. I feel this temptation, and it has made me thankful for the things in my own experience that remind me of my dependence and of God’s great mercy to me. I am two generations removed from farmers, but my grandpa and my dad were determined gardeners. I say determined( because northern Michigan summers are short, the soil is rocky, and the chipmunks are voracious. Eventually, my dad plowed his garden under and planted a hardy sort of grass. It was just too much work with too uncertain a reward.
We have reconnected with farming through my husbands students. Daniel is a professor and the academic dean at Hanoi Bible College, which opened in 2013 with 25 students. Now the school has 84 graduates and 85 current students. They meet in the bustling center of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Daniel teaches in Vietnamese because that is the shared language at the school. Most of his students, Support raising is a part of the ministry of most however, are H’mong, Dao, San Chi, Muong or other missionaries, but it rarely shows up in our stories except minority ethnic groups. They come to Hanoi from the as an appeal at the end. We shrink from talking about it mountains which rise above the Red River Delta and form because we feel the weight of a million ways to offend the border with China and Laos. When the students at conversations uncomfortable. I’ve felt this or are to make home in their villages, they eke out a living growing corn weight and sometimes wearied of it. On the other hand, and rice and root vegetables in terraced fields on the sides receiving support provides a constant reminder of God’s of the mountains. After the work in the fields is finished, goodness to us through the kindness and generosity of they teach and serve their congregations. his people. We have an invisible shield( protecting us from the temptation to trust in ourselves or in our own Over the years, we’ve prayed for students dealing with labor. We work hard at the tasks God has given us, and homes destroyed by mudslides, water buffalo killed in we receive a regular salary from our organization, but at an unusual cold snap, and family members badly injured the same time, we know our income depends fully upon in farming accidents. Weve also rejoiced when harvests God’s provision. were plentiful, and villages prospered. We visited one church that was celebrating the completion of their new I had a conversation recently with family members who building. They were especially excited about having a tiled, were lamenting the rising costs of fuel, food and other concrete floor instead of the usual well-swept dirt floor. essentials (something we’ve all felt). They expressed The pastor’s residence was a lean-to off the back with an frustration that their hard-earned savings were dwindling open fire for cooking. He joyfully showed us a pig snuffling far more quickly than they expected. As a retired couple, in a stall next door and destined for a village feast the continued on next page following day.
they felt powerless to earn more. Naturally, they were There is unexpected freedom in dependence upon God. anxious and even a bit angry at this sense of helplessness. Small children don’t worry about where their clothing or In the middle of that conversation, I realized the true food will come from. They depend upon their parents. blessing that living on support has been. We do not Jesus have calls his followers to this kind of dependence. He the illusion that our resources are self- earned. tells usWetoare stop and look at the birds of the air. Although deeply aware that they are God-given. You might say that they do not plant or harvest or store up provisions, God we’ve grown used to helplessness—to dependence. feeds them. Of course, Jesus says, people are even more precious to God than the birds (see Matthew 6:26). Jesus As Americans we love independence, and we boast about isn’t telling us not to work. He is telling us that in our self- reliance. We celebrate clever entrepreneurs and working and in our resting we must trust God. We must savvy investors. While it is admirable to value hard work depend on him. This dependence quiets our anxious and delight in a job well-done, these things can betray us. thoughts and stills our fretful pacing. Dependence allows They can lead us to believe that we are responsible for our usto seekfirstthekingdomofGodandhisrighteousness success and for our circumstances and even for our future. (Matthew 6:33) because we are confident that God will supply all we need.
Dependence upon God for our immediate needs breeds gratitude. When our needs are met ( again and again and u p on Go d, w e s o ea s i l y dr i f t t o w a r d again) , we are filled with thankfulness to God. We do d ependi ng o n o ur s el v es . ” not have to scratch our heads to remember what we are thankful for because the very roof over our heads and food in front of us bears witness to God’s goodness. Our I’ve recently been working part-time as a content writer sense of God’s great mercy can be seen in our lives as for the online resource Bibles. net. When the first we walk in humble, holy obedience, faithfully doing the paycheck showed up in our account, I remember thinking, various tasks he has given us. This is what the Book of Wow, finally money that is really mine. ( n that moment, Common Prayer calls us to remember and to pray. I was shocked at myself. I felt very Gollum-like, clutching Like my dad, I sometimes think of plowing the garden under numbers in a bank account like my very own ring of and letting it go to grass. I feel drawn to work that doesn’t power. For more than twenty years, God has met every involve uncertainty and variables outside of my control. need we’ve had and then some. Our salary, given by God’s I weary of the awkwardness of needing support from people, has always been enough. Why was suddenly so others. Then I recall that my need is a blessing. It is a string gleeful about the opportunity to do things on my own? around my 4nger reminding me of my dependence upon For that matter, why did I even think that it was on my God. Like the farmer who praises God when the barometer own? God had provided the relationship that provided the rises, we are moved to gratitude when we check our job that provided the income. He provided my education account each month. We are humbled and encouraged and created me with a love for words (and grammar and and blessed. College Church, as our sending church, plays punctuation). He gave me time and creativity and clarity a signi4cant role in that as do many dear friends in the to communicate. How did my small role suddenly become congregation. Thank you for being the means by which so supreme? God has provided for us. Thank you also for helping to It isn’t wrong to work hard and to be rewarded for that remind us of our good dependence upon him. work. It isn’t wrong to enjoy those rewards. These are good impulses that come naturally to us as image bearers. God himself celebrated a job well done (Genesis 1-2). The COMMUNION problem arises when we begin thinking that we are doing AT COLLEGE the work on our own and that our successes and rewards CHURCH belong to us by rights. I feel this danger because I know how NOVEMBER 6 easily my good desire for order can become an unhealthy need to control. I’ve seen how my good delight in work well donecanbecomemerelysel4shpride.Whenweforgetthat we are fully dependent upon God, we so easily drift toward dependingonourselves.Withoutevenrealizingit,webegin to make mini gods of ourselves. Suddenly, the future lies in our hands, and we are terri4ed of it.
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Thanksgiving Eve Offering The Board of Missions and the Council of Elders have approved the following 2022 College Church Thanksgiving Eve Offering projects.
material poverty that plague the poor in the Dominican Republic. A signi4cant portion of our students are Haiti immigrants who are particularly subject to injustice and severe neglect. ( This project was submitted by missionar Vic Trautwein.
OUTREACH IN UKRAINE The Irpin Bible Church (IBC) began new outreach centers to minister to residents and refugees of the greater Irpin area. IBC leaders provide humanitarian aid while using the centers as new church plants. Most of the people served have never been to church before, and some have already become Christians. Support will help these centers provide safety, food, gospel teaching and gifts to young children at Christmas. This project was submitted by missionary, Charley Warner.
TRAUMA CARE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
Support will assist national church leaders in a closed access nation to develop pastoral skills to biblically address dizcultlifeissuesfacedbymembersoftheircongregations This will be accomplished through providing trauma care workshops for the development of group facilitators and in the translation of a Scripture-based trauma healing booklet. The missionary writes, We expect this training to continue, spreading more widely within the country. ( This project was in response to national church leaders’ requests to see Scripture used effectively and deep in their communities. This project was submitted by a missionary in a closed access nation. Your gifts may be placed in the o ering boxes at the back oftheSanctuaryusingtheThanksgivingO eringenvelopes that will arrive in your mailboxes this month, dropped o at the church ozce or given online. One hundred percent of your gifts will be distributed to these projects. Thankful for your partnership!
SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC These scholarships will provide spiritual, academic, and physical education, food, medical care, dental care, etc. for the 35 new four-year-old students who will enroll in the ANIJA School in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. Students are selected based on need. Vic Trautwein writes, Many are likely to su er from issues related to spiritual and
I B ELIEVE
Amazing Grace: And Its Effect on Me Pat Cirrincione It was twenty years ago this past January that I first heard the hymn “Amazing Grace.” I remember it as if it were just yesterday. I remember the week after Christmas, when I had made my profession of faith in front of everyone at the midnight mass back in 20 1, and I broke down crying as I stood at the lectern to do the reading. How was I to know, that within two weeks’ time I would be sitting in a worship service at College Church listening to this song that described “a wretch like me.” Truthfully, I had not intended to write this story. I was pretty sure I was going to write about the “bent woman” in Luke 13:10- 2, or about the rebellion in the Bible and how God holds an olive branch out to his people in hopes that they will take a hold of it, follow him, and quit sinning. However, God had a different story for me to write as John Newton’s
hymn kept floating through my mind as I tried to sleep. The words nudging me awake as God kept reminding me of this wonderful gift he had given me so long ago in a brand-new church, surrounded by a Christian community I still knew nothing about. Back to January 20 . I was sitting in a pew with a friend when the hymn began: Amazing grace how sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me I once was lost, but now I’m found Was blind but now I see. Seriously? How did God know about me? I was clueless about the sovereignty of God, but he did know that I was a wretch and that I had been lost—and he found me, even though I had steered so far from him and didn’t know who he really was. I was so very blind. If I read the Bible, it was all gibberish to me. A totally foreign language that I couldn’t understand at all. But slowly he allowed me to see more of who he was, and what I had become, without even being aware of how far I had traveled away from him. But I digress. I’m embarrassed to say that my first Sunday at College Church, I probably disturbe d people sitting around me. At first, I was ju st u q ietly crying, and then some rather loud sobs
erupted from my inner being. I tried to restrain myself, but I suddenly felt so blessed and loved and in awe of this mighty God who had saved my life! So, forgive me if you were one of the church members sitting next to me in the early days of my salvation, I really wasn’t a nut case who was about to lose it all. It was just at that moment I knew that I was being redeemed into a new creation and into a new life and it was quite a shock to my system. The hour first believed Gods grace taught my heart to fear, and his grace my fears relieved. ( That gift was, and still is, so precious to me. It continues to bring me through many dangers, toils, and snares( and I know that it will continue until it brings me home. However, until that happens, I continue to fight the sin battle while on this earth, but I no longer feel lost and adrift like I did those many years ago, when I wanted to try something new and experience as much of life’s smorgasbord as possible. Now I want to experience him, through his Word. love knowing I can talk to him about anything on my mind, just as David did in the psalms.
Satan will throw anything he can at you to let you think that God doesn’t care about you. Don’t fall for his lies.
Remember God’s amazing grace that he shows us again and again in his Word. You can count on him. He has been my saving grace through all of this and more, and if there that is one huge thing (among many) that I have learned it is this: When Jesus first saw someone, he looked at them; then he answered their request, which gave them hope. Without Gods love, might be in a whole different That’s placewhat he has done with me: he saw me all along! right now. I have lost wonderful parents and just as And he taught me how to pray and gave me hope in him wonderful in-laws. I’ve lost wonderful aunts who were in every facet of my life, even knowing that my past would there for our family in every way my parents were. I have be used for future stories of grace. I am now doing what lost two of my dearest friends and close cousins. When wanted me to do, loving him and trying to do his he always my dad passed away, his new wife spread lies about me to will—although he still has to hit me over the head every the rest of my family, and all but one aunt and her family now and then to let me know that I need to do what he is stopped talking to me; the rest of the family judged me asking of me. and never asked for my side of the story. I’ve learned not to fall into the depths of despair when Our third granddaughter has suffered seizures due to dangers, toils and snares that surround us go on the the incompetency of the medical staff at the hospital that attack. God’s amazing grace will bring you to safety and did not treat her correctly and she not only had a seizure safely home to him. I am so glad he saved me from myself but a stroke while they did nothing. To top it all off, a and the risks used to take so easily. Was it worth it t medication I took created a fibroid in my breast to turn sing my praises instead of praising my God and Savior? into a mushroom. This occurred in March last year, and it No, it wasn’t. I would now rather take the risks he wants took the doctors until September to remove it. I thank the me to take, instead of hiding and procrastinating with all Lord that during that time things did not get worse but, the detours life throws our way. I’d rather listen to him. because the medical staff did not listen to me about my I guess all along I was that bent woman, being crushed drug sensitivity, I had a lengthy recovery that could have by the follies of life. But the words to Amazing Grace( been avoided. In the end, I had stage zero, non-invasive remind me that it is God who has brought me safe thus breast cancer, and was told that I did not need to go for far and it’s his grace that will lead me home. any treatment unless I chose to do so to be on the safe side. I opted for fifteen days of radiation, where I learned to focus exclusively on God while I received treatment. Through it all I had my immediate family, church friends and God to rely on (not in that order). All this to say that
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What Is Real? Wallace Alcorn
The Friday afternoon rush hour traffic on the outbound Her question was, s life really worth living?( She longed Eisenhower again came to a halt. I grabbed my notepad for just a little worth in her inconsequential life. and scribbled the questions I had just tried to answer on Here are the questions again: mylivecall- inaprogramcalled DialthePastor. (WMB ,the Where am supposed to be going, anyway?( flagship radio station of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where I was teaching, broadcast these weekly so listeners s there anything can really believe in?( could ask any question they wish about the Bible and the worth living?( Christian life. My producer usually pushed as many calls s life really through as possible, but that day he held it to three. They As I wrote them down, it came to me these actually were were compelling and were desperately asked. one question asked from peculiar perspectives. All asked if there is anything real. Is there My 4rst caller was a discour any purpose or meaning or aged middle-age, mid-level worth in life? None of these executive of a national 4rm. was living—just existing. He was on the fast track proAll three felt purposeless, fessionally and half-way up meaningless and worthless. the corporate ladder of success—licking the feet of those With further thought, the above and stepping on the answer dawned on me. And 4ngers of those beneath. He it is but one answer, because was serially successful but these were one question: never 4nally so. He was mov What is real? ing up without ever arriving. Not surprisingly, the answer His question was: Where came from Jesus. What am I supposed to be going, embarrasses me is I had anyway?( He lacked a sense known the answer all my life: of purpose. am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes My next caller was a young to the Father except through woman PhD candidate in me. ( ( John 1 4 : 6 ) philosophical theology at the University of Chicago. She had been in and out of one Whereamsupposedtobegoing,anyway?(am : the Way.( religion after another. Initially, each seemed attractive, but Truth. the ( she soon recognized most had some competing answers, s there anything can really believe in?( : am but none o ered the 4nal answer. s life really worth living?( : am Life. the ( She asked: s there anything can really believe in?( This This is purpose and meaning and worth: Jesus Christ. woman was searching for meaning. This is what is real; this is reality. My final caller had neither the achievements of the first This is what Jesus told his disciples, and this is what he caller nor the knowledge of the second. She was just an is telling us now: We experience reality in the person of ordinary, worn-out woman abused by every man in her Jesus Christ. wretched life and abandoned with nothing to show for her fatal risks.
SARAH NELSON Whenwasinthirdgrade,myteacheraskedtheclassto think of what we would like to be when we grew up. She also said if you could not put it into one sentence it wouldprobablyneverhappen.Well,sincehadlittlechance of being a back up singer for the Supremes, I told myself I wanted to be an art teacher. It took time but I was able to reach my third-grade goal. Behind the goal of being an art teacher, I wanted to be an artist.
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Now I see we all are artists. Weallcreateinourownwayand Genesis 1:1 states that in the beginning God created. Every time we create we are celebrating the name Jesus. LEAF AND PURPLE SKY
P TCHER W TH BOUGHS
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HANNAH PRAYER FELLOWSHIP
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BARNABAS PRAYER FELLOWSHIP
Will meet in December to pray for a group of crosscultural workers College Church helps to support. Join us in the Patio Dining Room at Covenant Living at Windsor Park on North Avenue in Carol Stream. Both men and women are welcome to visit or to join the group.
AARON-HUR PRAYER FELLOWSHIP
will meet on Thursday, December 1, at 7 p.m. at the home of Eric and Marilyn Enstrom, 1460 Stoddard Avenue in Wheaton, ( 6 3 0 ) 6 8 2 - 9 3 4 1 . Our guests will be Daniel and Victoria, serving in Asia.
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David Setran Discusses the History and Continuing Importance of Raising Children in Faith David Seaman David Seaman sat down with Setran to talk about his new book.
P a renti n g gu i d anc e som e ti m e s f e el s ti m e l e ss, bu t what we perc e i v e as i m p ortant f o r C h ri s ti a n parenti n g today i s the resu l t of c e ntu r i e s of debates and di s c u s si o ns. I n a f a sc i n ati n g new hi s tori c a l stu d y Christian Parenting: Wisdom and Perspectives from American History , C o l e ge C h u r c h m e m b er and el d er D a v i d S e tran reports on the v a ryi n g ways A m e ri c a n P r otestants took u p the task of c h i l d reari n g i n the c o l o ni a l and V i c t ori a n eras ( i . e . , 1 7 t h to 1 9 t h c e ntu r i e s) . B y l o ok i n g at the past, S e tran shows how C h ri s ti a n parents c a n rai s e thei r c h i l d ren now and i n the f u t u r e. What made you want to write a book about the history of Christian parenting? So many reasons! Scripture is obviously quite clear on the importance of parenting. Proverbs 2:6 reminds us that parents are to “raise up a child in the way he should go.” Other passages, such as Deuteronomy 6 and Psalm 78, point out that we are to teach God’s comands to our children at all times and to remind them of the wondrous
deeds of the Lord. All of this is important not only for individual families but also for the long-term growth and continuation of our faith. In fact, Psalm 78 talks about how this parenting task is important for the next generation and for the children yet to be born! Scripture also provides us with many examples of parenting gone wrong (and the terrible consequences both for individual families and for the g m m i od i i m n m the importance of Christian parenting.
The spiritual formation of children in Christian households How did colonial parents approach Christian practices in is more important than ever in an increasingly secularized the home? world.SociologistChristianSmithcon4rmsthatparentsare For colonial parents, family devotions—or what they called byfarthemostimportantinRuenceshapingtheirchildrens family prayer—took place in the morning and evening faith, even more so than Christian schools and youth each day. The rhythm of this was meant to reflect the truth groups. While many books have been written on the topic of Psalm 92, which calls upon believers to proclaim God’s of Christian parenting, few draw on the wisdom of the past. love in the morning and his faithfulness at night. These I started getting interested in all of this because I was times together were not long, but they always included reading the Puritans and recognized that they had so a short reading of Scripture, the singing of a psalm or much to o er when it came to thinking about how to hymn, raiseand a time of prayer. Parents also made concerted efforts to teach their children to pray from an early age, up our children in the faith. As a father, I am always on the lookout for resources that can help me think about my taking their needs and requests to the Lord. The Puritans role as a parent. History helps us to see how we’ve gotten really emphasized the need for a personal and relational to where we are, and it also provides new principles, connection to God. Prayer, therefore, was the culmination perspectives and practices for us to consider as we take of every other spiritual activity. Bible reading, singing, and even catechism training was always to lead to prayer. part in this important work. Tell us about the time periods you chose, and why.
What lessons can we learn from the colonial emphasis on Christian teaching within the home? Is this a lost practice in contemporary homes?
The book looks at the colonial era (from the early 1600s to the mid-1700s) and the Victorian era (from about 1830 to 1890). I chose those two because they reflect different Colonial pastors and leaders really emphasized the approaches to Christian parenting that have had a long- importance of parents serving as Christian teachers lasting influence. Colonial Christian parents emphasized for their children. The primary vehicle for this was the content heavy religious practices in the home—worship, catechism, which taught children in question-and-answer family devotions, prayer, and catechism training. They format the key doctrines of the faith. They wanted to give also emphasized fathers as the primary spiritual leaders children a theological language through which they could of the home. By the Victorian era, parents emphasized a interpret the world around them. Interestingly, current nurturing and relational home environment, giving more research on religious families shows that most parents weight to modeling and to the creation of a happy and don’t see this as a parent’s responsibility. This is in part theyas think that this is the responsibility of other loving household. Writers in this era elevatedbecause mothers the most important parent guiding the spiritual nurture of agencies, such as Sunday schools and youth groups. their children. Scholars have pointed out that most contemporary Christians—across wide range denominational perspectives— have largely adopted the Victorian approach. Most believe the parents’ primary responsibility is simply to serve as good models and provide loving relationships so that the faith will be caught( rather than taught. (
But studies also show that most parents just don’t think that biblical and theological teaching is very important. They believe that faith is caught( rather than taught( a that the only responsibility for parents is to model the faith effectively. There may be significant losses here, however. Children do need a biblical and theological vocabulary to counter the false narratives around them.
It is also true that teaching and talking about the faith is an important means by which parents communicate the It is pretty clear that colonial parents were most concerned importance of faith to their children. If parents place all about their children’s salvation. This is because they held their emphasis on academics and very little on learning a very strong view of original sin, believing that their the foundations of faith, children are likely to pick up on childrenwerespirituallydeadandinneedofa newheart. ( the relative importance of these things. It is simply true Puritan preachers did not want parents to be satisfied that what we talk about repeatedly is what becomes most with behavioral conformity, with compliant children who important to us. Children and youth become very fluent in obeyed all the rules. They were also concerned that some the language of popular culture. If they don’t also develop parents might just assume that children would inherit the and speak the language of faith, it is likely that faith won’t parents’ faith. Reminding parents that many godly parents seem very real to them. in the Bible had children who wandered far from the Lord, they urged them to be vigilant in seeing each child come continued on next page to a personal and saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. What was the primary goal of colonial parenting?
What were some of the biggest changes that took place in Christian parenting in the 1800s? What has been the legacy of those changes? One of the bigger changes related to views of children. Colonial parents and pastors tended to emphasize children’s sinful nature, recognizing that they needed the power of the Holy Spirit to revive dead hearts. By the mid19th century, two other views were becoming increasingly common among Protestants. Some saw children as neutral
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blank slates, ready to be shaped by whatever environments surround them. Others saw children as angelic cherubs, more spiritual than their elders and models of the purity and simplicity of faith. In either case, many began to put more emphasis upon early childhood impressions and the importance of the home environment for raising up children in the faith. In fact, many now believed that parents completely determined whether their children would embrace the faith or not. Much emphasis was placed upon the development of a happy home in a loving and nurturing space that would provide the ideal environment for children to grow as Christians. This highlighted the importance of close and intimate ties between parents and children. It also highlighted the fact that the Holy Spirit could work through the daily rhythms of the home and not simply in instantaneous conversion experiences. At the same time, it could at times make it seem as if all children needed was a nurturing home environment rather than the redemptive power of God in awakening the child’s soul. Were mothers or were fathers given the primary responsibility for the Christian nurture of their children? What shifts have taken place, and how has that influenced the roles of mothers and fathers in the present? This was one of the most fascinating aspects of my study. In the colonial era, fathers were seen as the chief Christian educators and disciplinarians in the family. They were labeled as the priests of the home, leading family devotions and taking on primary responsibility for catechism training. By the mid-19th century, mothers had taken over much of this spiritual responsibility. Some of this was due to economic changes. As the production of food, clothing and other goods moved outside of the home, women had more time to devote to their children
and motherhood became a married woman’s primary role. Fathers, on the other hand, were now more often leaving the home for their paid employment. Many would say that fathers’ parenting roles went from being a pedagogue( ( teacher) to a provider( and a playmate( for their children. They still often presided over formal family devotions, but most of the day-to-day spiritual nurture was given over to mothers. Many began to argue that mothers’ love and purity made them the better parent for Christian nurture, especially when people began to see early childhood as the most important time of spiritual development. This shift has had a long-lasting impact on the way people view Christian parenting. More recent studies show that children still see their mothers as far more influential in their spiritual growth than their fathers. And many would argue that the shifts that took place in this era changed the way that fathers see the home. While in colonial times, the home would have been seen as a place of work and ministry and discipleship of children, by the mid-19th century it was viewed more as a place of rest and refreshment for men, a place to counteract the toil of the workplace. What does history tell us about the potential problems of idolizing children and the family? Colonial Christian authors—particularly the Puritans— were incredibly God-centered. They obviously loved their children deeply and invested time in their development, but pastors were also repeatedly warning parents not to turn their children and their families into idols. They wanted parents to know that they were stewards rather than owners of their children and that they were raising them up to fulfill God’s purposes rather than their own. They also wanted parents to know that their primary allegiance was to the larger church and covenant community rather than just their individual families. By the mid-19th century, such warnings largely stopped. More and more emphasis was placed upon the individual nuclear family and the development of a home filled with warmth and close family bonds between siblings and between parents and children. This really did highlight the importance of a close family, something recent research has demonstrated is an important factor in determining whether children will embrace their parents’ faith. At times, however, it made it appear that the Christian faith was valued only because it created better family relationships. It also made it more likely that the family would take on exclusive responsibility for raising up the child. Less emphasis was placed on the church as the child’s spiritual family, a community that would help to nurture the child in the faith and provide spiritual brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and grandparents to assist parents in this important work.
What are some main themes you hope readers will take away from your book? The two time periods studied set forth di erent versions of what it meant to be a good( Christian parent. n the end, both are so important. Children desperately need the formal teaching and worship that the colonial preachers and parents so valued, helping children understand the faith and move into a deep dialogical relationship with God. They also need the modeling and loving relationships of parents and families who seek to demonstrate the care of a heavenly Father. Both approaches demonstrate true parental love. Parents teach because they want to help children understand true goodness and avoid the perils of Satan’s lies. They pray because they know that Company and is available at true spiritual blessing depends on God’s lavish grace in their children’s lives. They discipline because they want to protect children from things that can keep them from
true joy. They create loving environments because they want to put God’s embracing love on display. Ultimately, through all of this, they seek to serve as Christ’s ambassadors, placing their children into the loving arms of the One whose love will never fail. “Christian Parenting” is published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing the College Church bookstall.
M I L E S T O NES BIRTHS
Lina Sharon June was born to Pastor Josh and Caitlin Maurer on October 5. Lina joins her siblings Natalie, Celia, Annabelle and Tobin.
Pray for Shelton (Marianne) Thompson, III and family as they grieve the loss of Shelton’s father, Shelton Thompson, Jr., who passed away on October 6. Shelton is the AV director at College Church.
Wyatt Jefferson was born to Jeff and Rachel Kondraschow on October 5 . Wyatt joins his siblings Hudson, Katarina and Seth.
Pray for Steve (Robin) Wiper and family as their grieve the loss of Steve’s mother, Jean, who passed away on Friday, September 30, in Colorado.
God Centered Life the media ministry of College Church, features the Bible teaching of Pastor Josh, both online and on the radio. This exciting ministry with a global reach continues to grow in impact. Here in the US, the program is heard on the radio in about 70 locations. Globally, the ministry also has a mission impact. The teaching is heard online through the OnePlace and TWR360 platforms, which have extensive listenership outside North America. Imagine! More than 35,000 people have been touched with some form of gospel content through this outreach of our church, either an online audio message, a spiritually encouraging article, or a devotional reading. You can listen locally on Moody Radio (WMBI) at 10 p.m. M-F and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and can have daily devotionals delivered right to your inbox. Your prayers and partnership with this ministry are greatly appreciated.
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Brother Andrew: A Spiritual Father Katherine Baylis
I didn’t fully realize the extent to which I love my books until I boxed them up to move a couple months ago. There were three books, however, that were packed separately in a canvas bag to keep them extra safe. They were Plato’s Republic , Dante’s Inferno and Brother Andrew’s God’s Smuggler . I don’t have any particular affection for Plato, but that copy has extensive annotations that I could never replicate. Anyone who’s spent more than five minutes around me knows I love Dante so that one is self-explanatory. But Brother Andrew’s book has a special place in my heart for entirely different reasons. That paperback book has a beat-up vintage cover that’s so worn that the corners have become rounded. The spine is streaked with lines where it has been broken several times over from years of use. Thanks to a very kind librarian at my high school, there’s now a hard plastic piece that covers the entirety of the cover and spine to reinforce it, so it is reinforced with a thick, white piece of tape that keeps the book block attached to the cover. But its fragile nature alone is not what makes it so precious to me. The book belonged to my father, Douglas Edward Baylis, who passed away when I was a baby. I never knew him, but what I do have of him are stories, photos and relics like this book that give me hints at the things he cared about and held dear. I think without realizing it, I have for many years subcon sciously imagined that if I had known my father he would have been like Brother Andrew. The way Brother Andrew talks about his life and his conversations with God is warm and honest. His humor is dry, and he leads with his heart, perhaps a little too much at times. Over the years I’ve held Brother Andrew’s advice and stories about God’s provi sion as close to my heart as if they were advice from my own father.
Most of the scenes that are burned into my memory revolve around Andrew’s struggles to trust God’s provision in his finances. There are several scenarios that come to mind from the book, but one that I have a renewed appreciation for is his qualms about finances after entering into a theological program. This is what he prayed: “Lord, I need to know if I can trust You in practical things.
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I ask You now to supply the rest of them. If I have to be so much as a day late in paying, I shall know that I am supposed to go back to the chocolate factory.” (pp. 65-66) He continues to comment, “It was a childish prayer, petulant and demanding. But then I was still a child in the Christian life. The remarkable thing is that God honored my prayer. But not without first testing me in some rather amusing ways.” (p. 66)
This attitude towards prayer was wild to me when I first read it in tenth grade. The idea that you could ask God for practical things and that he would provide them felt fantastical. It seemed like something that only happened in the Bible or, on rare occasions, to ultraspiritual missionaries. This passage lay dormant yet still emblazoned in my memory for many years until a year ago when I tried to apply to grad programs.
“Ov e r t h e y ea r s I ’ v e hel d B r o t her A ndr ew ’ s a d v ic e a n d s t o r i es a bo ut G o d’ s pr o v i s io n a s c lose t o m y hea r t a s i f t hey w er e a d v ice f r o m my o w n f a t her . ”
thin air. A door was opened for provision, but he had to choose to give up a small comfort to walk through it. It required an act of obedience. I recently spent over a month attempting to buy a car. If you have not tried to buy a car in the last two years, there are very few cars available and those that are available are wildly overpriced. Because of the car market, I was backed into a corner of buying a car that was a little out of my budget. Just before nine, the morning that my car was supposed to arrive, I got a call from an entirely different dealership saying that they had a car on their lot that had just become available overnight. It was not as nice as the car I had planned to buy, but after some math I realized the money I’d save was significant. It may seem over-dramatic to call getting a good deal on a car God’s provision, but it all unfolded in such a way that it would be foolish to say I just got that lucky. The obedience God asked of me was to wait and trust. When the time came, giving up a small luxury seemed a small step to take.
I remember sitting at my desk at work, on the verge of tears because I didn’t know if I could attend the grad program I thought God was calling me to. Brother Andrew’s stories immediately came to mind out of nowhere. He gave me the boldness I needed to ask God for help to pay for grad The reason for the waiting became clearer when a variety school. f this is where you want me, ll take the step, ( of bizarre circumstances led me to an hour-long car ride prayed, but need a sign that this is the right direction. with my car salesman from this new dealership during If you can provide x dollars for tuition, I will go and trust which he shared with me that he was a new Christian and that youll help me figure the rest out. ( dont know that looking for resources to help him grow in his faith. He I even remembered what Andrew prayed exactly, but it cried as he told me his testimony and we talked about felt like what he would say. faith and Scripture the entire drive back to the dealership. I got back to my office which has wall-to-wall bookshelves When opened my computer again, there in my email brimming with Bibles and commentaries and I realized inbox was a letter from the director of my program saying God had used the buildup of the last six weeks for that that they were offering me a scholarship. I resonate with car ride with that one car salesman. And not only that, he Andrew’s comment that God tests us in amusing ways still provided for me far more than I could have imagined. because I remember looking up and muttering under my breath, hope you found that funny. ( d spent theI have been impacted by many books and many writers, whole morning whining like a child to God and yet he still but none have seeped their way into my heart the way provided. I was so stunned that happy tears just started Brother Andrew’s book has. It’s not just his stories pouring down my face and I ran down three flights of that have stayed with me over the years but also the stairs to tell my friend what had happened. fundamental lessons about how to live for Christ. He has a very simple, humble way of recounting his life that makes I hit another financial boulder a month ago and another radical faith seem normal and less daunting. Brother Andrew story popped into my head. Where it is in the book I could not tell you, but I remember it as clearly Brother Andrew’s legacy extends beyond this book to the as when I first read it. Andrew had not yet begun his work ministry he founded, Open Doors, as well as all the lives smuggling Bibles behind the Iron Curtain. He was home he touched by bringing Bibles to the unreached and the in Holland, standing outside his house and contemplating persecuted church. We rejoice that he is now home with how he was going to raise money to go on his next trip. the Lord, but I know I am not alone in saying he will be He prayed that God would provide a source of money for dearly missed. him. Amidst his prayer, he looked down at his cigarette he was smoking and realized that as a Dutchman he smoked quite a lot. So, he begrudgingly quit smoking and ended up being able to save up enough money to make his trip. The seemingly small decision point always stuck with me because it wasn’t like the other instances throughout his life when God miraculously provided, seemingly out of
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In Attendance Tom Johnston And the great news is that we have gone from 12 services a week to 17—three services a day Monday-Friday, and two on Sundays. The excitement among all the SKYWORD team is palpable. We believe the Lord is truly blessing the ministry and for our part, we seek to proclaim a strong gospel message that brings all praise, honor and glory to the Lord. And the response has been remarkable. I’d like to share some stories about the people I meet. At a chapel service where all four people were Roman Catholics, I joked with them that I was the lone protestant. I preached a gospel message to an attorney, a retired HR director, a retired schoolteacher and a businessman. The moment 4nished, one woman practically shouted out, Awesome, ( and another person replied, Amen! ( Or the chapel, where we sang All Creatures of Our God and King, ( with an LDS bishop in attendance that day. Recall these words to the Back in August, I told one of my colleagues that hymn: Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son, it would be a slow month, but that was then and and praise the Spirit, three in one. ( and youll this is now. In October, more than 500 people understand why I had to laugh when I realized attended services at Midway Airport Chapel and I didn’t plan it but it happened. And for those of SKYWORD Ministries had one of her best months you who don’t get it, our Mormon friends do not in every respect: ministry, attendance and giving. acknowledge and believe in the Trinity as we do, It is a new day, post-pandemic, and the Lord is, and the chapel was full of others who did! dare say, rocking our ministry! ( t has been fun, joyous and a whole new paradigm for us. Four women, all nurse anesthetists come into the chapel and said that they had just come from a A few months ago, the good people of Midway conference for their work. Imagine the chances in Airport decided to give the chapel a whole new trillions or octillions that the one other person who public address system and at the same time, they came to that particular chapel service was another replaced the broken, non-functional speakers woman, completely unrelated to the group, who throughout the airport. The results were nothing was by profession a nurse anesthetist. shy of dramatic. Our attendance is over double what it used to be and so is the ministry and The chapel service was a wonderful ordinary one, giving. Previously, a typical service was between except that David, a freshly minted Green Beret, one to three people, and if there were four, 4ve was there. After the service, he was quite moved or six people, well that was a big service. Now, our and thanked me profusely. By the way, he’s on a low-end attendance has been three to four folks, team of twelve that gets to blow up stu . and we are welcoming seven to nine people, even up to 19 or 20 a service.
Or what about Natasha, in her late thirties with tattoos all around her face and neck. She was a woman at the well kind of woman with a checkered past. She poured out her hearttomeinthechapelozce( dooralwaysopen)andtold me of her very real conversion but how hard it is for her at church, where many judge her for how she looks (she tried to remove the tattoos with no success) and where they didn’t spend time to see what a beautiful new woman in Christ she is becoming. She regularly communicates with me, asking questions about the Christian life and the Scriptures. She also has thanked me for taking time to respond to her. What a blessing she is. Even today I received another text from her thanking me for taking time to respond to herWhat . a blessing she has been to me, and a marvelous trophy of grace.
Another amazing thing that is happening at the chapel is touched every day—many in the services and no small that we are starting to get some regular attenders from number who come to me for spiritual counsel. those who work at the airport. There’s John from admin We could use a lot more targeted prayer. We are on the who comes up to four times a week, and Frank from safety front lines, and many come to services who don’t know the who comes once or twice a week. Charlie with the USO Lord or who are in sub-par churches that are probably not comes, and so does Sandy, who brings Karen from the preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. security agency. There’s always a marvelous response from these individuals who express great appreciation I end with this story. Pastors from Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire have recently been to chapel and loved it. We also have for the services. We continue to welcome pilots and Right attendants, especially from Southwest Airlines, some many priests and monastery brothers and sisters of the Roman Catholic Church who come into our chapel. coming back as often as they can. Many to attend services, some, never. Recently a priest from Lithuania was in one of my services. Afterward he speci4cally told me, with great enthusiasm, that he s appreciated my gospel and the ways I illustrated the biblical text. He was so grateful and to say he gushed might just be the right word. What an encouragement to know of the impact we are having by God’s grace, on the lives of those in the ministry and even across big denominational lines. Pray for us and if you ever want to attend a service at the Midway Chapel or come down for a service on the third Sunday night of the month at Paci4c Garden Mission, let me know. Thank you for praying and supporting me and SKYWORD M N STRY as we seek to bring praise, honor and have been part of SKYWORD Ministries at Midway for glory to Jesus Christ. more than 20 years, and the daily chaplain for the past seven and a half years. Through the years, there are travelers who come back and tell me how they were in chapel years ago and they are here again because of their positive experiences. So, so many continue to tell us daily how much this SKYWORD chapel ministry means to them and how they heard the service announcements and felt God prompting them to 4nd their way to the chapel. They tell me and the rest of my colleagues how the chapel service has made their day or brightened their day or lifted them up. They are grateful to us and to God for this ministry. Lives are
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Autumn Burrs Keith Bodger Back in the early 70s, for my peers and I, the fashion choice during autumn was a bush jacket. All the boys wore bush jackets. In northern Ontario, Canada, the bush was the forests surrounding the town in which you lived. We didn’t go out in the forest or out in the woods, we went out in the bush, and we wore bush jackets. Bush jackets looked like flannel. They had a plaid pattern like flannel but were thicker than a flannel shirt. They were about a half-inch thick. Thick enough to keep you warm. It’s what you wore on cold autumn days in October and November. The threads were also thicker than cotton flannel threads. They were more like a wiry nylon filament. Throughout North America is an invasive species called Burdock (genus Cousinia). Burdock has very broad leaves and I’ve never really noticed it during summer. But in the My sin is like an autumn burr. I brush past the sin, and autumn, when the leaves fall, the Burdock seeds (also it seemingly clings to me, effortlessly. Sometimes I don’t called burrs) remain on the plant. The seeds are brown know it’s clinging to me. I could wander around for years and about the diameter of a dime but are spherical. not knowing I have this sinful clump attached to me. They have dozens of little hooks on them that readily Others might see it or, they might not. They might feel attach to fabric (The Burdock tree brings Genesis 3:18 the pain when cannot. When notice it, can spend to life: thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you. ( ) time pulling off the clumps as I attempt to stop that sin. The Burdock seed was the inspiration for the invention But sometimes there’s that little bit that remains, still of Velcro. In some languages, burdock and Velcro are the poking me every now and again. Sometimes I notice it same word. Because of the hooks, Burdock seeds spread when I cross my arms and the unseen burr under my arm primarily through hooking onto passing animals. touches the back of my hand. Or, when I get home and As a kid, passing by these plants, the burdock seeds easily cross my feet on the ottoman, I can feel that burr clump at grabbed onto my bush jacket. They also found other soft my heel. Fortunately, we may have friends or family who fabrics, such as socks. In summer, the burrs were not fully can lovingly point out the burrs that cling. More often than developed, and you could brush against the leaves with no not, I suspect, we turn a blind eye to those burrs. Perhaps problems. But, in autumn, the burrs were fully open and we hope a pastor will notice it and point it out, or it will go would glom onto your clothing. You didn’t notice them when away on its own. youhikedbutwhenyougothome,andtooko yourjacket, It won’t, but the good news is that when I enter heaven, the burrs would poke your skin. Not penetrate enough to I’ll be burr-free. My clothing will no longer be a plaid bleed, but enough to get your painful attention. Sometimes bush jacket but a white garment without stain or blemish your friends or family would have to pull o the burrs that ( Revelation 3 : 4 : they will walk with me in white, for they you didn’t know you had or couldn’t reach. You would have are worthy( and Revelation 1 9 : 8 : it was granted her to to spend time, not hours, but certainly many minutes pulling clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure( ) . o the burrs. The larger clumps were easier to remove. t could be a group of burrs hooked onto one another. But The lingering jabs of a remnant hook will no longer they always left smaller hooks that became well embedded aggravate me or the ones around me. I look forward to that day. Until then, if I have a clump of autumnal burs on intothefabric. naland4llsomewhere,thereismyold bush me, please let me know (gently). jacket with little burr hooks still embedded.
sanctity of human life
COMING SOON: March for Life Chicago January 13-15, 2023
College Church will be traveling again together via bus to the march in support of the preborn and their families. You may also choose to drive yourself and meet up with thegroup. Wewillsharemoredetailswhenthemarch organizersreleasethespeci4ctimeanddate.
Prayer for the Preborn
Saturday, November 5, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Join Sanctity of Human Life Task force at 4 0 Days for Lifes year- round peaceful prayer vigil. Meet on Waterleaf pregnancy resource centers property across from Planned Parenthood Auroras driveway. Sign up to receive SOHL monthly e- newsletter to receiveeventsscheduleandlife- relatednews. https: / college- church. org/ impact/ sohl/
Baby Supply Collection Supporting Caring Network’s local pregnancy resource center clients year-round Look for the Baby Bank Donation Crib: outside the sanctuary Nov. 6 Kids’ Harbor Nov. 13 Commons Nov. 20 Bring diapers (newborn-size 6), wipes, baby lotion, shampoo, and baby wash, diaper cream, and formula. Did your child outgrow a diaper size before you used the whole package?Openedpackagesofdiapersalsoaccepted. Scan the QR Code for the Baby Bank Amazon Wish List. Select Church of the Resurrections Gift Registry Address( for where to ship.
UNDER THE RADAR It’s no fun to hear about an event after the fact. That’s why we’re Introducing Under the Radar. If you know of a local event that includes College Church members or attenders or may be of interest to them, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details and we may be able to include your event in this space.
GLEN ELLYN WHE ATON
Friday, December 2 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 3 3:00 p.m. College Church Wheaton, Illinois
Beautiful Savior WHEATON COLLEGE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL Wheaton College invites the community to its annual Christmas Festival Concert, entitled Beautiful Savior, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3. An additional matinee performance will be offered at 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 3. Performers include the Women’s Chorale, Men’s Glee Club, Concert Choir, Gospel Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Percussion Ensemble. All three performances will take place at Edman Memorial Chapel, located on the northeast corner of Washington and Franklin streets in Wheaton. Ticket information will be provided later. For more information, call the Conservatory of Music at 630.752.5099.
C AMER ATA CHIC AGO CH AMBER ORCHE S TR A & CHOIR
with the Hallelujah Chorus November 12, 2022 at 3 p.m. College Church, Wheaton Enjoy the outstanding musical artistry of Camerata Chicago!
• Four wonderful soloists including Peter van de Graaff of WFMT.
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• Sing along with the Hallelujah Chorus. • Elite orchestra and choir with top Chicago area musicians.
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at the Bookstall UNDER THE TREE Curated gifts for those on your Christmas list from 10ofthose By Jonathan Carswell We asked Jonathan Carswell from 10ofthose for advice on great book gifts for this year, and here is what he had to say. CHILDREN
Delighting in the Trinity
Little Pilgrims Progress Illustrated
By Michael Reeves
By Helen Taylor
It’s really hard to beat this as a great gift for kids. Suitable for ages five-nine. It’s the well-known classic told through the voices of animals TEENS
Out of the Black Shadows By Stephen Lungu with Anne Coomes
This is a brilliant biography of Stephen Lungu—a member of the gang, “Black Shadows”—tasked with firebombing a local church. When he arrived at the church, the meeting had already started and something was going to happen that would change his life forever COLLEGE
Student Guide to World View By Sharon James
A superb introduction to understanding the world, how it sees God, and how we can take Jesus to our friends. ADULTS
Two of the best books I’ve read this year are: Seed of the Woman By Nana Dolce
This is a biblical theology of women in the Old Testament, from Genesis 3 to Mary and Elizabeth in the New Testament. I benefited from meditating on their stories and seeing their roles in the line of Christ.
This book has perhaps done more for my walk with God the Father than any other I’ve read. A thought provoking read that will hugely benefit your relationship with God. PARENTS
Reading Between the Lines, Volumes 1 & 2 By Glen Scrivener
Parenting is busy—whatever stage the kids are at—and so we often look for something to help get us into the Bible that is edifying and refreshing, but not too long. This book is really good! Taking well known phrases from the Bible, it works you through the storyline of the Bible and you’ll fall in love with Jesus all over again. GRANDPARENTS
In Her Words By Patricia St John
Many grandparents may remember the writings of Patricia St John. She was a brilliant storyteller and worker for the Lord. Here she tells her own story ... a book Rev. Dick Lucas says it is, “One of the best books he read in the last year.” RETIRED PEOPLE
A Good Old Age By Derek Prime
This is an A-Z of the Christian life, written by Derek Prime, who mentored Alistair Begg. Wonderfully rich, with nice large print—ideal for those who are Christians, or perhaps those just looking into the faith.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CHOIR CONCERT December 4 at 5 p.m. “O GREAT MYSTERY” ADULT CHOIR CONCERT December 11 at 5 p.m. STARS CHRISTMAS PROGRAM December 18 at 5 p.m. CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES December 24 at 4, 7 and 9 p.m. CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
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