Luke 23: 26-43

Jesus the Resurrection and the Life; God defeated death through Christ, and so shall he defeat death in all the world.

 

Bulletin for: 
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Order of worship: 
Pastor to People: 

The resurrection of Jesus upheld by scientists

 

How can some say, “there is no resurrection of the dead?” (1 Corinthians 15:12).

I am a pastor; I am not a scientist. But I welcome the strengthening of faith that occurs when scientists affirm the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Here are two such affirmations.

First, Dr. Ian Hutchinson, a professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, explains why he and his Christian colleagues at MIT believe in a literal, bodily, resurrection of Jesus:

“To explain how a scientist can be a Christian is actually quite simple. Science cannot and does not disprove the resurrection. Natural science describes the normal reproducible working of the world of nature. Science functions by reproducible experiments and observations. Miracles are, by definition, abnormal and non-reproducible, so they cannot be proved by science's methods. Today's widespread view that events contrary to the laws of science just can't happen is a philosophical doctrine, not a scientific fact. Contrary to increasingly popular opinion, science is not our only means for accessing truth. In the case of Jesus' resurrection, we must consider the historical evidence, and the historical evidence for the resurrection is as good as for almost any event of ancient history. A bare presumption that science has shown the resurrection to be impossible is an intellectual cop-out. Science shows no such thing.”

Second, Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass, an M.D PhD, writes about his convictions. He is an Assistant Professor of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis.

“I am a scientist. Still, on Easter, I celebrate that Jesus rose from the dead. This event is the cornerstone of everything. Without the physical resurrection, two thousand years of history are left begging for explanation, like a movie missing a key scene. No other event in all recorded history has reached so far across national, ethnic, religious, linguistic, cultural, political, and geographic borders. The message spread with unreasonable success across the world. During just the first few centuries, it spread without political or military power, prevailing against the ruthless efforts of dedicated, organized and violent opposition. How did a small band of disempowered Jews in an occupied and insignificant territory of ancient Rome accomplish this unequaled act? What happened so many years ago that reframed all human history? The resurrection of Jesus!”

Church notes: 

Sunday

Adult Ed:  “Jeremiah”: Will not meet on April 8. 

Newcomer Connection: Get to know Stone Hill Church better.  Meet with Pastor Matt as well as other church leaders.  We will meet in the Library after the 9:30 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. services. 

Global Partner Prayer Guide and Directory: The Global Outreach Team is releasing a 40 Days of Prayer booklet that is designed to help you get to know our global partners better while praying for them. The booklet is a combination prayer guide and directory with pictures and contact information for our supported missionaries. We encourage you to pick up a copy at the Missions Corner this Sunday and pray for our global partners in the days leading up to Pentecost. The Guides will be available starting today. 

Serve

Guest Housing Needed: Jean Toussaint, who is part of our partner church in Archaie in Haiti, will be visiting Stone Hill this May. He will speak at the May 13 services. He, his wife, and baby daughter will be in Princeton for about two weeks. We are looking for a host family for them during that time. The dates are May 12-25. They are driving up from Florida, so will have their own car. If you can host them for some or all of that time, please contact Lara Holt at larah@stonehillprinceton.org. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

Extended Family: This month only we will meet a week early, Wednesday, April 4 at 11:30 a.m. in the Library. It is our delight to have Rakhee Mathais as our guest speaker.  She has an incredible testimony and gift of ministry. Come let her touch your heart. Bring a friend.

Work Day: We will need to reschedule the Work Day to Saturday, April 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We will be doing some edging, installing a stone path, reworking the stone river bed, and other miscellaneous yard work. Please bring work gloves, wheelbarrow, shovels, rakes, edging tools, etc. Also looking for someone with a chainsaw to clear trees that have fallen on our trail. Contact Jim Erickson at jime@stonehillprinceton.org  if you are able to attend and what tools you can bring. We will meet in the back by the shed. 

Stone Hill 101: Want to learn all about Stone Hill in the shortest amount of time? This class will cover the history, doctrine, belief, government, and membership process of Stone Hill Church. You will also be able to identify your best fit to serve on a team by exploring how God has uniquely wired you. This class is designed for everyone and serves as a membership prerequisite.  This class will be held at 11:10 a.m. in the Library each Sunday from April 8 to April 29.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jin Lee  at jinl@stonehillprinceton.org.

Spring Choir Concert: The Stone Hill Arts Series | Sacred Edition presents the Spring Choir Concert on Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. The choir will perform Mendelssohn's Elijah. Free admission; light refreshments after the concert. Invite a friend!