The Christ Church Knoxville 10 Year Anniversary is coming up this September but we have an early present for everyone this week! Pastor Nathan has taken a biography sermon from several months ago and turned it into an ebook. His book, entitled “The Fruit of Lips that Acknowledge His Name”, chronicles the life and ministry of pastor Paul Schneider, who was the first Christian minister to be put to death by the Nazi regime for his biblical teaching and preaching. This ebook is currently listed on Amazon.com and from today until this Thursday it will be free to download! Read the rest of this entry →
This summer is big milestone for Christ Church Knoxville: We’re turning 10 years old! Through several church names and several locations we have seen the faithfulness of God in our little church body here in Knoxville Tennessee and we want to celebrate that! It would be our hearts to see faith mightily stirred for the future as we consider all that God has done over these past 10 years. For that reason the whole month of September will be dedicated to “The Fame of His Faithfulness: Celebrating 10 Years of God’s Abundant Goodness”. (Please note the change from August to September!) The anniversary will kickoff on August 30th and run all through September. Here’s a preview of a few things we’ll have that month: Read the rest of this entry →
Sometimes comparing one thing to another helps us to see more than we would if we studied each one by itself. This was true on my recent trip to Myrtle beach. I have been to the beach before. And I have read the Bible before. But in comparing them to one another, I saw the truth of Scripture in a way I had not before. Here are at least twenty ways the Bible is like the ocean. I pray these encourage you to “take up and read” – and add it to the list on your vacation! Read the rest of this entry →
This Saturday is July 4. It is a day that we are right to set aside to celebrate the privilege of living and working and worshipping in a free country. It is right both as citizens and as saints. It is right as citizens because the privileges we enjoy were purchased, developed and defended at great cost to our fellow citizens, both past and present. It is right as saints because the sovereignty of God extends over all governments. It is God who raises up kings and removes them (Dan. 2:21). It is God who dispenses authority to governments (Rm. 13:1). And without that gift, they would wield no authority (Jn. 19:11). Therefore, the relative peace and stability and freedom and opportunity that we have inherited in this Republic are good gifts from the hand of God. There is, therefore, everything right with marking that gift and acknowledging the human instruments He has used in the past to secure such blessings for us. I am thankful to God that I am an American citizen. Read the rest of this entry →
This past week has brought news of distress in two of our nation’s historically significant churches.
On Wednesday evening, at a prayer service at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, Dylan Roof shot nine people to death. The congregation of “Mother” Emmanuel first gathered in 1816, and has played a prominent role in the ongoing struggle for civil and social equality for the African-American community.
Then, on Sunday evening, Coral Ridge Presbyterian church in Ft. Lauderdale announced that its senior pastor, Tullian Tchividjian, had resigned over an extra-marital affair (which seems to have been in response to his wife’s infidelity). Coral Ridge was founded by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, a contributor to the rise of the Religious Right in the 1980s. Tchividjian himself, grandson of Billy Graham, has steered the church away from political involvement, but has become a popular writer and speaker in his own right.
In many ways these churches are very different. In many ways the darkness and sin that each is dealing with are very different. And yet, these two shocks have confronted us just days apart. There have been thoughtful responses offered to these incidents individually. But it may also be wise to ask what the Lord is speaking to His church as we consider both of these events together. Read the rest of this entry →
The Brotherhood of the Burning Heart is a yearly ministry class designed for men to grow and be taught in preaching, pastoral ministry and spiritual disciplines. This is a year-round endeavor but is primarily focused on a six week course each summer. The ministry course includes teaching from head pastor Nathan Tarr, a study of several different books and resources, individual and group feedback and interaction and the six week focus itself involves members of the group preaching a Sunday morning message before the church. Read the rest of this entry →
It’s summer time! It’s time for warmer days, vacations and a break from school! We’re happy that things are able to slow down a little but for families this season and we know that schedules are starting to look different. As usual Christ Church Knoxville will be starting its summer schedule this week and we wanting to let you know about a few of the changes: Read the rest of this entry →
Last Wednesday we had the joy of hearing Kevin Mendes’ story of how he came to know and love Jesus recently. It was such a powerful testimony of God’s saving work in his life and we rejoice with him that Kevin is now confident only in the cross of Christ! We were also able to hear from Garret as he talked about sharing what the Lord had done in his life with his teammates on the tennis team. This was one of the primary ways that the Lord opened Kevin’s eyes to the Gospel and we were blessed to hear both sides of it on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry →