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December 16, 2014 0 comments

Torture and Situational Ethics

This past week, Senate Democrats released a 6,000 page report about CIA tactics in the post-9/11 but pre-Obama world. It is colloquially known as the “torture report,” although it centers around what the CIA called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which were approved by the Bush administration, funded by Congress, and considered legal by various federal judges. Many of those techniques, though, are also considered torture. The report brings up three questions. The first, which I will mostly ignore, is whether the report should have been released at all, and, if so, should it have been released while the United States is still at war with an enemy that is both at issue in the report and can be expected to use the report as fodder for retaliation and recruitment. Certainly it appears as if the report is an attempt by several senators to re-write history. If they are known as the senators that brought wide-ranging, unethical practices to light, then perhaps it will be forgotten that they were fully briefed on the techniques and provided funding to implement the techniques without notable objection. The second question is whether the “enhanced interrogation techniques” were in fact torture. For the sake of this post, I will assume that many of them are (partly because of course they are)....Keep Reading

Posted in: Cultural Values Tags: torture, situational ethics, ethics, morality, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Gospel-centeredness, cultural issues, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, cultural engagement, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, government

October 30, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Toward a Better Understanding of Suffering Part 1

suffering4 This likely won't be my most popular post (not that I'm under any illusion that any of my posts are widely read). But I believe this issue to be so important that it needs to be discussed, particularly among those of us from a younger generation. For those of us who haven't experienced the pressures of real financial hardship, who haven't mourned the death of the someone close to us, who haven't experienced daily aches and pains, this topic might not seem that relevant to us. However, that's a lie. A considerate older person will tell you that the weight of the reality of suffering is right around the corner. But even among seasoned sufferers there often seems to be great misunderstanding about the nature of suffering, so I think it might be helpful to attempt to address suffering from a biblical point of view....Keep Reading

Posted in: Christian Living Tags: blog, Suffering, the reason for suffering, God's work through suffering, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Gospel-centeredness, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Redeemer Lake Nona, Redeemer Church at Lake Nona

October 14, 2014 0 comments

Freedom to Change: A Sermon Review

Jesse began by talking about the concept of change. Turning away from unwanted behavior is something common to everyone. Whether it is silly habits, or more serious addictions, we all have aspects of behavior that we want to modify. 12 step programs abound for every sort of sin, addiction or compulsion. Many of these programs borrow from biblical wisdom in their approach, and can be helpful. However, behavior modification, while important at times in and of itself, is not what is most important. The human condition requires more than behavior modification; it requires redemption and sanctification....Keep Reading

Posted in: Sermon Review Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, Holy Spirit, Jesse Phillips, Freedom, sermons, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, sermon review, redeemer blog, Sanctification, Gospel-centeredness, gospel-centered preaching, sermon, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, Galatians, Galatian's series, from slavery to sonship, Redeemer Lake Nona

September 26, 2014 by Benny and Sheree Phillips 2 comments

5 Things to Remember For Parenting Teens

As the parents of 7 and grandparents of 15, people sometimes ask us for parenting advice. Perhaps we've gotten to a place in our lives where we have something to offer, if only due to the fact that we survived 35 years of parenting, are still married and actually have a warm relationship with all the once-little people who are now giving us little ones of their own. Really adorable little ones....Keep Reading

Posted in: Parenting Tags: Redeemer Church, Benny Phillips, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, Lake Nona Churches, parenting, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, motherhood, Gospel-centeredness, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona, fatherhood, teenagers

September 19, 2014 by Sarah Grace Pavelchak 1 comments

The Gospel and the Military

Being a Christian in modern military life could be compared to a salmon making the tough journey up stream. There are times it can feel as though everything in life is coming at you trying to drive you in the mainstream direction, opposite of what you're striving towards. There are so many hardships and uncertainties: low finances, multiple moves, many times having a lack of physical support from either family or close friends, having to adjust to new schedules and different cultures around you, searching for Gospel centered churches, having an uncertain future, and even adjusting to different weather and driving conditions....Keep Reading

Posted in: Friends of Redeemer Tags: military, military families, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, evangelism, gospel, Lake Nona Churches, Faith, cultural values, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Gospel-centeredness, cultural issues, evangelize, church blog, Redeemer Church of Lake Nona

September 4, 2014 0 comments

Compassion for Criminals: A Christian Calling

When I decided to go to law school, I received many comments like “Are you going to be one of the ones who keeps the criminals off the street?” and “Nice. So you’re going to get the bad guys and make sure they pay.” At the time, I had no difficulty with these statements. Though I had no intention of pursuing a career in criminal law, I figured that if I did, it would certainly be to prosecute criminals. Obviously. Why would I want to deal with the moral quandaries involved in working to get a murderer acquitted? Or a child molester? Or a rapist? Sure, I would probably be fine with helping someone out of a trespassing charge, or maybe even a DUI. But actively attempting to ensure that a man or woman, guilty of some heinous crime, be set free? Or even receive a light sentence? Why? How could anyone live with themselves?...Keep Reading

Posted in: Friends of Redeemer Tags: criminal law, extrospective understanding, introspective understanding, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, bible, Lake Nona Churches, Sin, Christian Character, lee vista, lee vista church, cultural values, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, redeemer blog, social issues, Gospel-centeredness, cultural issues, church blog

August 29, 2014 by Eric Garrett 0 comments

Calling the Lost to Trust in Jesus

This is what making disciples of Jesus all boils down to. In fact, there is a real sense in which this is the only absolutely necessary step in the process to making disciples. Everything about this process hinges on whether or not our lost friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors, by God's sovereign grace, place their trust in Jesus, and Jesus alone, for their personal salvation. This is the step that we've been building towards all along. And from the beginning of the process this is what we must be prayerfully aiming for....Keep Reading

Posted in: Evangelism Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, evangelism, bible, Lake Nona Churches, Scripture, mission, Eric Garrett, lee vista, Judgment, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, steps to disciple making, discipling, making disciples, Gospel-centeredness, church blog

August 26, 2014 by Bob Putman 0 comments

Welcome to the Priesthood

For hours our group of foreign and Chinese teachers drove south through rice paddies and terraced tea hills to the famed Yellow Mountains of east central China. My initial fascination worn thin through endless unfamiliarity, I felt I had been dropped on another planet and wished I could switch off my senses. But we kept driving and entered the town of Mt. Jihua (pronounced jo-hwah), ringed by eighty-one temples. Throngs of Buddhist worshipers crowded the streets for the September pilgrimage....Keep Reading

Posted in: Identity Series Tags: royal priesthood, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, evangelism, bible reading, bible, Lake Nona Churches, Idolatry, Identity, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Gospel-centeredness, The church

August 19, 2014 0 comments

Counseling: The Gospel for the Details

So far this series, we’ve discussed how the gospel is more than a reference point for ministry, and we have seen how that shapes our approach to preaching. This week, we discuss how that affects our approach to counseling....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Values Tags: Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, blog, lake Nona, ministry, bible, Lake Nona Churches, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, Gospel-centeredness, church ministry, church identity, counseling, gospel-centered counseling

August 12, 2014 0 comments

Preaching More Than Moralism

Last week, we looked at the gospel as Scripture’s paradigm for ministry in general. Today, we are looking at the gospel as Scripture’s paradigm for preaching for interpreting and applying God’s Word for God’s people on God’s terms....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Values Tags: Gospel-centeredness, preaching the gospel, gospel-centered preaching, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, ministry, bible, Orlando Church, Lake Nona Churches, mission, lee vista, lee vista church, sermons, theology, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, the gospel, redeemer blog

August 5, 2014 0 comments

More Than a Reference Point

If you've been around the church world long enough, you've probably heard someone somewhere talk about being "gospel-centered" - gospel-centered preaching, gospel-centered worship, gospel-centered counseling, gospel-centered everything. And you've probably had one of a number of reactions to these pretentious-sounding assertions of unique commitment to the gospel reactions that range from indignance at the implications regarding apparently non-gospel-centered churches and ministries to amusement at what sounds like an awfully simplistic approach to life and ministry. I initially reacted with a little of both and a lot of everything in between. I was at first a little confused at what people meant and why they were so adamant about it. But the more I learned, the more it made sense to me, and the more I liked it...until finally I decided “gospel-centered,” as a term, is just too small to capture what people are saying, that the relationship between the gospel and ministry is much more robust than mere centeredness. But before I explain what I think the gospel is to ministry, let me explain the idea of gospel-centeredness....Keep Reading

Posted in: Church Values Tags: Gospel-centeredness, Redeemer Church, Lake Nona Church, lake Nona, ministry, bible, gospel, church life, Lake Nona Churches, Identity, lee vista, lee vista church, redeemerchurch, redeemer, lakenonachurch, redeemer blog, The church, church ministry, church identity

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