Sunday, September 6, 2015

Progressive Christianity – What is it?

Progressive Christianity – What is it?

For church members in the pews Progressive Christianity is a new phrase.
This seems to be claimed by the wealthy downtown or yuppie style suburban church.
These church’s clergy and movement leaders are giving us "new" perspectives.

How this movement connects with historic Christian worship, biblical discipleship and evangelism has been weakly explained to the

Friday, April 3, 2015

What's good about GOOD FRIDAY?

What's good about GOOD FRIDAY? These graves with heads pointing west and feet pointing east will one day be resurrected because of Friday's crucifixion and Sunday's resurrection. These graves will one day emulate His glorious resurrection. Next - Death, a real threat of hell and the grave all destroyed as Christ resurrects all who believe.  He paid our sin debt and redeemed us from our great sin. NOW THAT WAS A GOOD FRIDAY!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Little Caesars Love Kitchen at Good News at Noon

 Good News at Noon-979 Davis Street--(send donations to PO Box 1577) Gainesville,GA 30503
We are a homeless and community ministry in Gainesville, GA located between the Melrose government housing and the chicken plants in chicken city! To serve contact pastor Fletcher Law
Little Caesars Love rolled into Good News on March 4th 2015 for lunch
Come work with our volunteers like this crazy ladies group called Monica's Mafia.
Little Caesars sent their kitchen and crew from the corporate office in from Detroit, MI! 
 We serve lunch & evening meals, provide a homeless shelter & distribute clothes,  work with youth for one reason.  What Is it? To show Jesus,  #LiftJesusUp!,  to this lost and hurting world.
 Here is our Pastor Dr. Fletcher Law with our founder and Bible Teacher Mr. Beckstein or "Mr. B."
He founded Good News at Noon over 25 years ago with his late wife Margie.
Come meet Thomas Ramirwz our homeless shelter director.

Come shake hands with Mr. B before lunch at our shelter.  He will bless you!

               Come here Frank Moore Jr. sing at lunch.  He is Mr. B's son.  See the resemblance.
 Come meet Hannah Parker our Director of Youth and Children.  She can put you to work.
Come meet our director of Operations and warehouse manager "Smiling Mike" Robinson.

These ladies are 2 of hundreds of church, business and family volunteers who help us serve over 55,000 meals a year.

The start of a great noon meal.  The dining hall will soon be full.

Matthew 9:37-38 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

                 Come to Good News at Noon and 
                                # Lift Jesus Up!
                 to a lost, hungry and hurting world.

Good News at Noon - 979 Davis Street - Donations PO Box 1577 - Gainesville,GA 30503
shelter phone Phone:(770) 503-1366
contact Pastor Fletcher Law 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fred Craddock, Candler School of Theology, Elvis and Graceland


As many who study preaching know, the renowned preacher and former Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament Emeritus for the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Fred Craddock, has passed away. He modeled a new wave of narrative preaching that was copied by many.

In a graduate class at another school I did a project about him using video clips.  His sermons had Baptist, Church of God and Bible Church ministers responding and with explosive laughter at many of his memorable stories that wove into Scripture.

Dr. Craddock’s passing had me recalling my days at Candler.  Why? I never got to take any of his classes as he retired from Emory right before I attended.  Many of his students gleefully told me of the great times and memories they had as he impacted their preaching education.

I love preaching and preachers that have a passion and brings their gifts to in saving the lost.
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
“18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

Unfortunately many feel preaching sermons, styles and someone’s gifts can be copied. I once heard in person a prominent UMC preacher use Craddock’s  “once a church now BBQ  restaurant” illustration changed to his denomination and setting.  Ouch.  Craddock published his stories.
It also reminded me when a heralded Candler professor shared with a class about a student of hers who told about a discussion of alcohol in the church she ministered. Her student said (supposedly) “Jesus drank wine.”  A little old church lady piped in “I would have thought a lot more of him if he didn’t.”  In class the professor had gotten misty eyed about this story.
 I did not have the heart to tell my professor that it was amazing Jerry Clower the famous Southern humorist told a similar story this was a punch line in his book
‘Life Everlaughter: The Heart and Humor of Jerry Clower’.
In my graduate class on preaching we loved what we knew about Craddock. What many responded was that his many imitators did not seem to really get it or a style of their own.  Our professor said some take it as far as having a “hermeneutic of suspicion” when approaching the Biblical text.  For non- preaching readers that is snarkiness, which is non-synonymous with the gospel.  Copying Craddock in all detail makes no more sense than preachers who used to wear Hawaiian shirts because Rick Warren used to.  The Hawaiian shirt wearing preachers in rural North Georgia did not seem to grasp that they preached in a different environment than under evangelized southern California.

Jude 1: 3 tells us “… that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”  At Candler I felt at times like I was at Graceland and told “Elvis used to be here.”  Instead at Candler the implied sentiment was “Craddock used to be here.”

I value great teachers.  Imitate one in preaching.  Our Savior put up the carpentry tools early.  He was the greatest preacher. 
In His first sermon in Mark 1:15  He said “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lent message > Why Is He -Jesus Christ - Worthy of Worship By You?

Lent message 

Why Is He -Jesus Christ - Worthy of Worship By You?
The Holy God Hates sin and loves you the sinner.

The plan A from the Old Testament was God paying your debt with his greatest love -His son.
Isaiah 53:10 New International Version (NIV)
"10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes[a] his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.

He took your punishment on the cross.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)
"21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
That is why you have the blessing of lent
when told from Mark 1:14-15
"Repent and believe the good news!”

Saturday, January 10, 2015

SEC power rating the last 8 years - and why recruiting is more important than coaching (and why some cheat)

Included is a list of NFL players from the SEC schools.
It also strongly compares to the ranking and success of these schools
football success considering the last 8 years.
Why is there such big coverage about recruiting each winter?
Talent wins games.   Sorry, million dollar coaches.
Saban and  Calipari are dominating with the talent rich Alabama football
and Kentucky basketball future pros.
Do you really think they would be where they financially if they
moved to Western Carolina or Missouri State?
This is why people cheat in football recruiting.
(No accusations-but it is the motivation for cheating when it happens.)
The list is from high to low listing schools with NFL player.
Listed also are some of the SEC school’s better known players.
These numbers are a strong and I think accurate correlation to the success of teams
 in the SEC the last 8 years considering their good and bad years,
 not just 2013 and 2014.
Tennessee seems high here but they weregood in the Fulmer days and these
older pros listed below played mostly then.
Missouri, Ole Miss and Texas A&M seem low but
this of course does take into account now  of future NFL players
 on their improved rosters now due to better recruiting.

Saturday Down South listed the number of NFL players from each SEC school and some of their players.

#1 Alabama       42             Julio Jones, Eddie Lacy, Dre Kirkpatrick, C.J. Mosley
#2 LSU              42             Odell Beckham Jr., D. Bowe, Jeremy Hill, Patrick Peterson
#3 Georgia        39            M. Stafford, Geno Atkins, A.J. Green, Knowshon Moreno
#4 Florida          36             Carlos Dunlap, Joe Haden, Percy Harvey, M. Pouncey
#5 Tennesse      31           Peyton Manning, Arian Foster, Jason Witten, Jerod Mayo
#6 Auburn         27           Cam Newton, Nick Fairley, Karlos Dansby, Ronnie Brown
#7 S, Carolina   28           Alshon Jeffery, Jadeveon Clowney, John Abraham, Melvin Ingram
#8 Texas A&M 25           Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans, Ryan Tannehill, Von Miller
#9 Missouri       22           Aldon Smith, Jeremy Maclin, Ziggy Hood, Blaine Gabbert
#10 Ole Miss    19           Eli Manning, Patrick Willis, Mike Wallace, Michael Oher
#11 Arkansas    15           Peyton Hillis, Darren McFadden, Jason Peters, Jarius Wright
#12 Miss State  15           Fletcher Cox, Johnthan Banks, Darius Slay, K.J. Wright
#13 Kentucky    14           Randall Cobb, Stevie Johnson, Tim Masthay, Jacob Tamme
#14 Vanderbilt  11           Jay Cutler, Jordan Matthews, Zac Stacy

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Paradox of Coach Jim Lofton By Fletcher Law, assistant coach 1991-1993, North Hall

      Written in June 2014 and re-posted after Coach Jim Lofton's funeral.

                                  The Paradox of Coach Jim Lofton
                                       By Fletcher Law, assistant coach 1991-1993, North Hall

Coach Jim Lofton has built a well-known reputation for his football coaching and Christian character.
What is less known about him by those who did not know him in his coaching career is perhaps his equal devotion to teaching.  This was never in doubt working for him.  This is another lesson young coaches can learn from him.  As a young assistant he made a lasting impression on how a coach has a calling to teach your academic area, your sport and character by example.

A vivid memory of mine was once walking out of the North Hall field house through the washroom.
Future Clemson Tiger and NFL lineman Corey Hulsey, all 6’4 and 330 plus pounds of him and fully dressed out in pads, was sitting on the washer with his helmet by his side.  Coach Lofton was standing by him with an open book.  It was not a playbook on how to block 14 Blast.  Coach had in his hand an English Literature book helping Corey with Shakespeare.  Many people would not know that Coach had a master’s degree in English from Emory University.  I was surprised to learn that Corey was not even in Coach Lofton’s class.  Coach was delaying getting on the field for Lit for a student who also was a football player.  

As a new coach I was warned by defensive coordinator David Stephens about Coach Lofton’s intensity on the sideline on a Friday night.  Another paradox about Coach Lofton was our practices were teaching sessions.  Game days were different.  The coin had been flipped and the kick-off team I headed up was huddling up ready to start the game.  Coach Lofton grabbed my shoulder and hollered “I can’t believe that!”  “What?” was my shocked and puzzled response.  Coach said “There’s (name deleted to protect the guilty) in the stands.  I taught him freshman Health and he played here four years.  And now he is up there smoking a cigarette.”  In shock and disappointment he added “After all I taught him.”  Teaching freshman Health class was as important as Literature or running the 14 Blast or 20 trap properly.

One practice I was concerned about telling Coach that I had to leave early on the next day’s practice because the school I taught at was having a PTA meeting.  He told me sternly that it concerned him  greatly to see coaches not take teaching seriously.  He told me once at practice he was concerned about having a soft drink ad on the scoreboard.  Coach was concerned about what even his students drank and ate for snacks.  He believed in his system he had formulated by being a student.  He was always improving himself and refining his system to see why he included certain stretches and exercises and play calls.  He had a system and he was always refining it. He taught his assistant coaches his system.  We all knew what all eleven were to do on every play.  He and we knew what all eleven were to do on defense.

One of his assistants told me a clinic story.  Coach Lofton was listening to Bill Yeoman the inventor of the Houston veer offense speak.  Coach asked the big time college coach what the backside tackle was to do on the outside veer.  The “expert” coach told Coach Lofton he did not know.  This was astounding for Coach.  This is perhaps why were to be taught the idea of the “big picture”.

Coach Lofton taught and led his assistant coaches in a clear direction.  We followed him. The players were to follow us.  There was no paradox in this.  Where could he have learned how to lead, coach and teach by character in all things?  The Apostle Paul wrote- 

1 Corinthians 11:1  (NIV) “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”