“The Birth of Christ is the eucatastrophe of Man’s history. The Resurrection is the eucatastrophe of the story of the Incarnation. This story begins and ends in joy. There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true, and none which so many sceptical men have accepted as true on its own merits….This story is supreme and it is true.”
–JRRT, On Fairy Stories
Category Archives: gospel
This is why I love Jared Wilson:
Isn’t the good news like fire? Isn’t hearing it and believing in it a precious, wondrous, life-changing event? It’s startling, confusing, exhilarating in the joy of first sight of something we’ve ever longed for. It gives heat never had, warmth never felt, makes everything taste better. Don’t we dance to discover it, hoot and holler over its newness, its blazing, dangerous beauty?
Don’t we want to light many more fires with it, touching torches and lanterns and taking them everywhere cold and dark? Don’t we want to take this fire and immolate those frozen memorials to flameless promisers of fire? Don’t we want to light up the world with this wonderful elemental stuff?
I know I sure do!
Lord, cause many in New England and beyond to discover the fire of the gospel of Jesus the Messiah!
Please pray for my good friend, Dr. Gary Parrett (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary). Dr. Parrett was seriously injured on July 3 in a tragic bus accident in South Korea where 12 passengers died. Since then, he has been fighting for his life and has yet to regain consciousness. His wife and daughter have been by his side in the hospital in South Korea, and they have been relaying updates on his condition and prayer requests nearly every day, here.
The most recent update is that he was successfully transferred halfway around the world to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston just yesterday! His wife and daughter arrived today and shared this news:
My mom and I arrived in Massachusetts this morning and spent most of the day with my dad at the hospital. He is doing very well, although he’s still a little bit groggy from the medicine he’s been given the past few days to help him sleep.
The doctors here at MGH have mentioned their plan of moving him either to a regular ward or a nearby rehab hospital very soon–maybe even tomorrow. His body is stable, so they think that it would best to start rehab as soon as possible. Please pray that the doctors would make the best decision for my dad’s care and that my dad’s brain would continue to recover!
Thank you so much for your prayers, especially as all of us traveled. We have been so blessed by God’s unfailing love and grace!
Please pray for God’s healing of Dr. Parrett and Spirit’s comfort for his family. May you also be encouraged by the words of Gary’s hymn “Come, Lord Jesus to Redeem Us”.
Come, Lord Jesus, to redeem us
from our foes and from our fears.
We await the hand of mercy
that will wipe away our tears.
We have labored long in darkness,
even now our hearts grow weak.
How we long for your appearing
and your great salvation seek.
(Rev. 21:4; Rom. 8:23; 2Tim. 4:8)
I am overjoyed to announce that my CD “Already But Not Yet” is now available! Overjoyed by the hope that God will use these songs to encourage many people and churches. Overjoyed to contribute to the hymn-renewal movement that the Spirit is using to revive the Church. Overjoyed to exalt the true Redeemer!
“Already But Not Yet” tells a story–God’s story of Redemption through King Jesus. And each song moves the story forward from Christ’s Cross, Resurrection, and Exaltation to our life of Exile and Prayer, and finally to the celebration in the New Creation. Already redemption has been accomplished. But not yet completed. We await the Return of the King!
1. He is Risen (Resurrection)
2. Look! Ye Saints (Exaltation)
3. Christ is Coming (Exile)
4. Come, Lord Jesus, to Redeem Us (Prayer)
5. Upon this Mount–Isaiah 25:6-9 (New Creation)
6. There is a Fountain (Our Theme)
CDs are now available to purchase at BullMoose Music (Windham and Portland) and will soon be available for download at ITunes.
For mail orders please mail a check to Joshua Otte |973 River Rd |Windham, ME 04062. $7ea or 2 for $10. Just add $3 shipping (up to 4 CDs). Add $0.50 for additional CDs. If you have any questions email me (eucatastrophe101 at yahoo dot com) until the website is launched! Thanks!
UPDATE. Please check out my Facebook Music Page. Listen to the tracks, leave a note, tell your friends!
Some rich, gospel encouragement from an excerpt of Jared Wilson’s upcoming book.
But! Oh man. If we are regularly and excitedly engaging people in the good news of the finished saving work of the sacrificing, dying, rising, exalted, sovereign Jesus Christ who is the death-proof, fail-proof King of kings before all things and in all things and holding all things together as he sustains the world by the mere word of his power, the ones whose hearts are opened by the Spirit to be won to Christ will be irrevocably changed. Numbness will be the exception, rather than the norm. We will not have to lead them through hoops of creative entertainment, constantly hamstrung by the limits of our artistic brainstorming sessions, seeking to keep their attentions stirred by a well-composed aesthetic this or that.
From a post by Sinclair Ferguson.
“The Western world gives itself over annually to its Claus-mass or commerce-mass. We celebrate a reworked pagan Saturnalia of epic proportions, one in which the only connection with the incarnation is semantic. Santa is worshiped, not the Savior; pilgrims go to the stores with credit cards, not to the manger with gifts. It is the feast of indulgence, not of the incarnation.
It is always easier to lament and critique the new paganism of secularism’s blatant idolatry than to see how easily the church — and we ourselves — twist or dilute the message of the incarnation in order to suit our own tastes. But, sadly, we have various ways of turning the Savior into a kind of Santa Claus.”
I’m super pumped to announce that I’ll be in the studio this week recording a 6 song EP. The songs include…
- “There is a Fountain” (William Cowper)
- “He is Risen!” (Eric Schumacher)
- “Come Lord Jesus to Redeem Us” (Gary Parrett)
- “Upon this Mount (Isaiah 25:6-9) (Gary Parrett)
- “Look Ye Saints the Sight is Glorious”(Thomas Kelly)
- “Christ is Coming! Let Creation” (John R. MacDuff)
Each of these songs build the theme of Redemption from Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to our waiting for his return and our celebration of his return. This is an exciting project not only for me but also for our music team, our church and Jesus’ Church everywhere because the end result will be more Truth-saturated music in the ears, hearts and minds of many!
The audio and video for Lead09 is being uploaded this week, here. God is advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ through his Church, scattered throughout New England!
Lead ’09 begins today! And I can’t wait for the first session to start!
Together, men and women from Maine, New England and beyond will be exploring the themes of Gospel, Community and Mission. This two-day conference is a call to each of us and our churches to take Jesus seriously–to radically reshape our lives around the gospel word so that we can truly be his gospel community on God’s mission.
Please pray that God will use this conference to exalt Jesus in the lives of all who attend and in the churches they represent. May God bring a great awakening of gospel renewal in New England!
Here’s Friday’s schedule…
Friday – October 9
* 12:30 : Welcome
* 12:40 : Gathered Worship
* 01:00 : Tim Chester – Session #1 Making God’s people the heart of God’s mission – Is our gospel too small? Too individualistic? The Bible’s story of salvation puts community at the heart of God’s mission. The church is part of our identity as Christians.
* 03:00 : Tim Chester – Session #2 Community as lifestyle – How can we live as a community – sharing lives, sharing decisions, sharing struggles?
* 05:00 : Jonathan Dodson. Session #3 What is the Gospel? The Three Dimensions – this will be a biblical-theological examination of the Doctrinal, Personal, & Social dimensions of the Gospel.
* 06:30 : Dinner
* 08:00 : Breakout Sessions –
- Too Busy for Mission?: Tim Chester
- Becoming a Missional Leader: Jonathan Dodson
- Gospel, Community, Mission & Orphan? Bill Legere
- The Shift: Our experience in re-churching the church: Mark Gedicks
Here’s the full schedule. Hope to see you there!