(In The Life Of The Church)
Bible Madness (The Final Four)
In the beginning. In the beginning. We knew this match up was special in because it featured a pair of books speaking about origins. In the end John did what Genesis could not. Creation theology found it's place inside of Christology. At this point the camera panned to Colossians who, from the stands, quipped, "Find someone who says that better than me?" John offered not a beginning, but rather pointed us in the metaphysical direction of a non-beginning. To an eternal and everlasting Jesus. A desperate Genesis stammered, "but, but, ... the patriarchs." Cool as a cucumber John's Jesus quoted himself saying, "before Abraham was I am." Genesis was quick to reply, "but how can Jesus understand who he was without Israel's identity?" John would not be undone, "how can Israel understand her identity without Jesus?" he asked in reply. Tom Wright stood up to clap and Walt Brueggemann walked out.
Coach Tom Wright did his absolute best to prepare a Romans team. He sold this program on the notion that it was about ecclesiology and not systematic theology. This comment drew some boos from the Gospel Coalition. Wright's team looked good for 8 chapters, but then Calvinist interpreters took over and the book went crazy. Unfortunately for Wright he felt his team didn't even get to execute their plan which is chapters 12-16. "It's just so hard for churches to get along. I thought we had something to say about that, but there's always next year." Romans has undoubtedly one of the most committed fan bases. Those fans were visibly disappointed. Our reporters caught up with John Piper, who had this to say with hands flying everywhere, "In HIS infinite wisdom he has predestined, before the foundations of the earth, to have Romans lose to Matthew. WHY, we might wonder? Why, might Gooooood keep Paul from the finals? I. Don't. Know. HIS ways are not my ways. Shall the clay tell the potter how to conclude Bible madness? THAT is madness. I will simply take SHEER JOY in this truth. I am not forced to choose between Romans and John in the finals."
We gave the power back to the people. Teaming up with the good people at survey monkey we gave you the choice. How would this final four conclude? 6 of you voted. What a wild turn out. In the end John got the best of Matthew. Results below.
Cosmic Christ vs Incarnate Jesus. Greek Jesus vs Jewish Jesus. Mystical Jesus vs. Sage Jesus. A national championship game that featured Jesus vs Jesus. John got the upper hand. A book of signs and a book of glory overcame even the sermon on the mount. People don't want instructions on discipleship they want something that proves God became man. When the news of John's victory broke local Patristics professor David Wilhite celebrated, "John's trinitarian ... of course he won." To this comment Matthew asked Wilhite what the "baptismal formula in John is again? Oh yeah, that's right he doesn't have one. Maybe the paraclete can help you remember that next time."
All in all it's been a great tournament. We learned that the minor prophets are minor for a reason. The apocrypha might be underrated. You still can't have the epistles without the gospels, even if Together for the Gospel would disagree. And everyone loves John.
SWCC Easter Egg Hunt
It is that time of a year again, we are helping our friends at the South Waco Community Center through one of Waco’s largest Easter Egg Hunts. We are dropping over 8,000 eggs this year, so we definitely need your help. The Easter Egg Hunt is on Saturday, April 8th, at 11am. If you would like to volunteer, there will be a sign-up sheet in the foyer after church on Sunday, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org . Volunteers will need to be at the community center by 10:30am, and we will be done by noon. I’ve heard, anyone who volunteers receives extra candy in their easter basket! If you have any questions, contact Toph.
UBC Volunteer Party
Do you volunteer at UBC, or volunteer with any of our community partners? If so, please join us for a party after church, on Sunday, April 23, from 12-2:30pm. We will provide the lunch, and the good times. Be looking for more information about the location/details of the party in the near future, but go ahead and mark April 23rd as the party of the year.
UBC Families at the Soccer Field
Friends after church this Sunday 4-2-17, the UBC families will be meeting over at the Baylor Soccer Fields for some pizza, drinks and fellowship in the Lord. We'll toss frisbees, footballs and futball. Interested persons should email email@example.com to sign up.
Lent at the Hippodrome
Can't get enough of Lent? Still haven't fully connected with your sinfulness? Could you use another does of good old fashion ash poured over you head? Come hear a series of talks on Lenten themes in the form of story at the Hippodrome on Wednesdays.
Work is Worship
Coffee Makers: Emmy & Stephen
Mug Cleaners: Dilan B & the Youth
Money Counter: Josh M
- Sunday Sermon: John 9ish "Who's Sin?"
- April 7th and 8th - Spring Retreat (Freshman/Sophomores)
- April 13th - Maundy Thursday
- April 14th - Good Friday
- April 16th - Easter
- April 22--The Middle Ages Baylor Theatre production of the comedy NOISES OFF—
- April 30th - Mr. Rogers Sunday
- April 30th - Graduate Luncheon
- May 2nd - Study Hall
- May 5th - Rend Collective @ UBC
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