Posts tagged: An Appropriate Identity

Dr. Mike Wittmer: Who Am I?

By Bailie Rouse on January 25, 2019

This week in chapel, Dr. Wittmer highlighted the questions "Who Am I, and what is my identity?" In today's culture, objectively and outwardly speaking, life could not be more easy and simple with life's comforts and access to so many resources. Yet, there is still a great wave of anxiety and questioning of who we are. Colossians 2:9-10 states, "For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily…

Dr. Kenneth Reid: Living as Children of God

By Bailie Rouse on February 15, 2019

This week in chapel, Dr. Kenneth Reid preached from Romans 8:12-17 regarding what it means to be adopted into Christ's family. Adoption into Christ's family expresses the blessing of salvation, and we are adopted into a Trinitarian relationship. John 1:12 expresses that all who received Christ and believed in His name have been given the right to become children of God, and the Spirit is the very sign…

Dr. Tim Gombis: The Identity of Disciples in the Gospel of Mark

By Bailie Rouse on February 25, 2019

This week in chapel, Dr. Tim Gombis taught on how the Gospel of Mark constructs the identity of disciples. The Scripture already assumes that we do not know our true identity. Our identities are constructed by the surrounding culture and conferred on us by family members. The Gospel of Mark invites believers to reflect on how we construct our identities from fears, false hopes and desires for self-preservation…

Rev. Dr. Howard Earle: Extreme Makeover

By Bailie Rouse on March 1, 2019

This week in chapel, Rev. Dr. Howard Earle preached on 2 Corinthians 5:15, which states, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ Jesus, he is a new creation. The old has gone, and the new is here." Rev. Dr. Earle depicts the extreme makeovers of external transformation that is often shown in the media, but there is a genuine makeover that is initiated and started by God in Christ. This extreme makeover…

Dr. John Hilber: An Appropriate Identity in Christ

By Bailie Rouse on March 22, 2019

This week in chapel, Dr. John Hilber shared a video that compared the size of earth to the rest of the universe, which depicted how great and vast the universe is and how small we as individual human beings truly are. Dr. Hilber preached from the Scripture Psalm 8, which emphasizes "Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name." In verse 5, we are reminded that despite how small and insignificant we as…

Pastor Brenda DeVries: An Appropriate Identity Mark 14:3-9

By Bailie Rouse on March 29, 2019

This week in chapel, Pastor Brenda DeVries taught on Mark 14, which takes place at Simon the Leper's home in Bethany. During the meeting, a woman enters into the very center of the seating arrangement, and it is evident that she was not a guest. In this setting, it was not appropriate or polite for a woman to interrupt a meal. The woman proceeds to anoint Jesus' head with nard, in a similar fashion…

Dr. Bill Rudd: Keeping Your Faith and Sanity When Your World Falls Apart and the Bad Guys are Winning

By Bailie Rouse on April 12, 2019

This week in chapel, Bill Rudd preached on Psalm 73, in which Asaph almost lost his faith and his ministry, but he was able to realign his trust back to God. Asaph almost lost his faith by misunderstanding the goodness of God, by envying the wicked and obsessing over the prosperity of the wicked. Asaph began to feel that his efforts were fully in vain, and he started to stir up an entitled attitude…

Dr. Rik Stevenson: Who We are in Christ

By Bailie Rouse on April 26, 2019

This week in chapel, Dr. Rik Stevenson preached from Mark 15:21, and he emphasized that Simon having to carry the cross of Christ demonstrates that as Christians we are called to get dirty and, like Christ, carry a cross that is not our own. A man or a woman who carries the cross with Jesus is co-laboring and commissioning with Christ. Dr. Stevenson outlines five key points of being commissioners with…

Dr. Max Botner: Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak and Slow to Anger

By Bailie Rouse on May 3, 2019

This week in chapel, Dr. Max Botner taught on James 1:19-21. As we consider our identity as followers of Christ, the question "Do I belong?" arises. This passage of James gives us an opportunity to think through and to consider the radical foundation of our counter-cultural community. We are the Diasporic community of people who should be leaning into God's radical vision.

As James identifies and…