21 September 2012

This 'n' That

Photo: Wikimedia
As we quickly approach our 1 year anniversary, we thought it would be an appropriate time to share with you some of the new, exciting goings-on here at Escalator Church. (For those of you who are new to the concept of Escalator Church, please see here, here, here and here. Oh, and here.) Though this photograph was not actually taken at Escalator Church, rest assured that we have grown quite a bit in the past few months.

With Autumn almost officially upon us, we will be wrapping up our Cinema September sermon series next Sunday, 30 September. The final two sermons in this series promise to be memorable and relevant, as pastor plans to exegete that 1958 classic, The Blob. The theological treasures are so plentiful in this film that it will be a two-parter, so don't miss either week!

Speaking of blobs, we know how easy it is to quickly fall away from exercise and nutrition once the weather cools down and the holidays begin to come into view. Always thinking of our members first, we here at Escalator Church intend to stop that Fall flab before it starts. Don't miss church on 7 October, when we begin our new Fall series: Exercise Exegesis. We'll be focusing on basic, old school calisthenics in our first sermon, so come ready for toe touches and jumping jacks! If you forget your tennis shoes, we will have all sizes available for purchase at the Escalator store.

Okay, now that you're caught up on those important announcements, please enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Oops. Elevation Church, your Semi-Pelagianism might be showing. The gang of Elevation Worship says that Steven Furtick's book Greater, as well as the corresponding sermons were the inspiration for their new worship album. That's good, because using the Bible as inspiration is so passé.
  • Oh, dear. A little tiny piece of papyrus might indicate that Jesus was married. My world is shattered. I'm off to try Buddhism instead. Nah, but the new Gnostics sure do like to poke their heads up now and then, don't they? Michael Kruger has the best response and examination of this latest attack on the truths of Christianity.
  • Speaking of Gnostics, Elizabeth Prata has written a series of posts on the subject. Start here.
  • Remember back in the 90s when there would be a movie of the week every Friday night? Sometimes even a miniseries? I'm thinking they could revive that tradition with the story of TBN and the Crouch family.
  • Do you have a teenage daughter? Better make sure you know what her doctor is telling her.
  • Steve Lawson on the invisible war:


  1. "Oh, dear. A little tiny piece of papyrus might indicate that Jesus was married"

    This is typical of Gnostics..A tendency to spiritualize the Scriptures, always looking for deep and allegorical meanings to everything and always credulous to believe writings that are based highly on speculation AFTER the Canon of Scripture is closed. There is simply no evidence from Scripture that Jesus was married

    In fact Darrell Bock points out in Christianity Todayreview (January 2004, 62), "such information would certainly have been included in 1 Corinthians 9 where Paul appeals to the fact that Peter and various other apostles had wives when they received material help from the churches. In supporting his right to receive such help, Paul would have wanted to appeal to an even more convincing example—Jesus—if it were available."26

    Gnostics were and still are concerned with “endless genealogies.” (1 Timothy 1:4) for “godless and silly myths” ~ (1 Timothy 4:7) They turned their ears away from the truth to myths. (2 Timothy 4:4), (1 Timothy 6:4) Timothy is told to shun godless chatter, “for they can produce only ungodliness.” ~(2 Timothy 2:16) He is told to avoid “stupid, senseless controversies” which in the end can only engender strife. (2 Timothy 2: 23)

    But today we have a "more sure word of prophecy" (II Pet 1:19), the Word of God, and the Word and the Spirit agree. Therefore whatever we get by revelation must agree with the basic revelation of God as already given in the Scriptures.

  2. Thanks for the empowering sermon by Lawson... Broken vessel in fire with fire. Know that.

  3. Quite interested in joining your Escalator Church as it sounds both relevant and convenient, two musts for my personal worship style. Please notify me when you have gone mega and multi-site so that it will be easier to access a service around my more pressing priorities. You haven't said much about your senior pastor. I am assuming he (or she) is of celebrity status and not overly involved in the private business of the congregation. I would naturally resent a pastor meddling in my personal affairs so one of those video preachers is much preferred.

    Thank you.

  4. Interesting baby sea turtle.

    We've gone down to Panama City Beach, Florida countless a times since I live only 1 1/2 hrs drive away. I've been on the pier down there fishing and have occasionally seen big sea turtles and sting rays. some of the sting rays I've seen are as big as my car hood. Once we saw about 50 in a group near the shore when the evening sun is going down on the horizon. Quite a beautiful and glorious creature God has made.
    ~but, I've never seen a white one..

  5. here's the once and for all slam dunk best answer straight from the word of God that disabuses any pieces of papyrus or any claims that Jesus was married -http://media.prophecytoday.com/interviews/whitcomb-9-22-12.mp3

  6. What a great and powerful sermon from Steve Lawson. How we need to hear this instead of all the "Vision Casting" nonsense. Thank you for posting this and for all the resources that you provide. They strengthen and sustain.


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