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 accepted and copied by many.

While taking a graduate class at another seminary in a preaching class I did a project about him using video clips.  His sermons had Baptist, Church of God and Bible Church ministers responding possitivly and with explosive laughter.  They focused in while Fred Craddock on DVD told many of his memorable stories that wove Scripture into his experience.

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 there.  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 that brings their gifts into service to present the gospel to 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 a few preachers flat out try to copy sermons, preaching styles, and stories as their own.  Nobodies unique gifts can be fully copied. I once heard in preacher of a prominent mega-church use Craddock’s  “once a church now BBQ  restaurant” illustration.  The preacher changed to his own personal story and experience.  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. Our teacher relayed that her former student said to the congregation in a discussion after a sermon (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's conclusion.  She thought it was tragic when in fact the story in its original was one of great humor.
I did not have the heart to tell my professor that it was amazing Jerry Clower, the famous Southern humorist, who told a similar story that was a punch line in his book
‘Life Everlaughter: The Heart and Humor of Jerry Clower’.
In my graduate preaching class, where as I student a presented the Craddock DVDs, my fellow students of preaching loved what we heard in Craddock's sermons. In class it was noted that his many imitators did not seem to really get it or that we all have a style of their own. Our class professor said some take it as far as having a “hermeneutic of suspicion” when approaching the Biblical text. Now a continual stream of sarcasm is in some preachers weekly message.  That means 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.  Many 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.  We have the same gospel to resent with the gifts of many different preachers.

Jude 1: 3 tells us “… that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”  

My regret is that I never had Fred Craddock as my preaching teacher.  At Candler I felt at times like I was at Graceland and told “Elvis has left the building” for good.  Instead at Candler the implied sentiment was “Craddock has left the building”  "He was great."  Like the old Jimmy Buffett live album title "You Should Have Been There."

I value great teachers.  We need to imitate one in preaching essence.  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.”