God made each of us, and every other human being, in his own image.
The Resurrection of Christ and Death as an Enemy of Human Dignity
In the middle of the culture wars regarding the value of human life, Christians do well to remember that the various battles are not just skirmishes. To explain what I mean, I excerpt from a blog entry by Russell Moore. Moore, who spoke at Stone Hill’s 2017 TGC Conference, is a journalist and ethicist.
These battles are an expression of one of the biggest religious alternatives to historic, orthodox Christianity in our world today. No, it’s not atheism or Islam. It’s Death itself.
The well crafted arguments in favor of ending life for others depend on the idea that death is just a natural part of life. There’s nothing necessarily evil or broken about it. So if one cannot bear the burden of an immobile body, an unwanted child, or an unresponsive spouse, you can just ease the transition from consciousness to annihilation. But that’s not just a political position. It is a religion.
We must remember that the root issue here is not ideological or political. It is far more ancient than that. The issue really isn’t about scientific disputes as to whether or not the fetus is biologically human, or what kind of brain wave activity constitutes life. The real issue is what the Wisdom of God tells us—“All who hate me love death” (Prov. 8:36). That means abortion and euthanasia are not mean. They are part of an ongoing guerilla insurgency against the image of the Creator himself.
The cult of death means that Christians need to think through what it means to follow a resurrected Messiah. The Book of Hebrews points to the core of the gospel, that the very Word of God took on our humanity so that “through the power of death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery” (Heb 2:15-15). This means we need to stop trying to domesticate death. We need to learn to view it the way Jesus himself does—as an enemy to be destroyed.
[Pastor Matt]: And, hallelujah, the Risen Christ has indeed destroyed it!!!
Stone Hill Annual Meeting: All are welcome to attend the annual meeting this Sunday at 7 p.m. in Harris Hall. We will hear financial reports for 2018 and vote on the budget for 2019. There will be an opportunity for Q & A. Members will vote on officers and the budget at that time. Childcare provided. Absentee Ballots are available in the Westerly Prayer Chapel.
Job Opportunity: Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor. Stone Hill Church is seeking candidates for an Executive Assistant to Senior Pastor Matt Ristucicia. The 20 hour per week position starts February 15, 2019, offers an excellent salary, (no benefits), and a flexible schedule. Candidates must be currently involved with Stone Hill Church (membership preferred). For additional information and a complete job description, please email Susan Yetman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Men’s Choir: There will be a men's chorus singing at the offertory on Sunday, Feb 10. If you read music and are interested in participating, see Bob Doll or email him at email@example.com.
Adult Ed Class: Theological Thought in the Life of the Church has begun and is led by Jacob Zeller in the Library at 9:30 a.m. The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to systematic theology, discussing core doctrines of the Christian faith and what they mean for our spiritual lives.
Adult Ed Class: Mark Catlin is teaching on The Book of Malachi in Harris Hall at 9:30 a.m. Join us to discover how you fit into God's story through the words of Malachi.
DivorceCare: If you’re experiencing separation/divorce or know someone traveling this difficult road, please consider attending or recommending DivorceCare. This 13-session, Christ-centered, recovery and support group is being offered at Stone Hill Church Saturday mornings February 2 – May 11. For details, contact Amy Hellesen Tumminelli at 201-317-5629 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register online, visit www.stonehillprinceton.org/outreach/divorcecare.
FAQs: The Succession Team has posted the first set of answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). We will have further information in the coming months as we work through our process of succession. For more info please visit www.stonehillprinceton.org/succession
Stone Hill Arts Series presents Colin Howland, Organist: The program will have something for everyone! Enjoy organ masterworks such as Toccata and Fugue in d minor by J.S. Bach, Fantasy in F minor by W.A. Mozart, and Final to Symphony No. 1 by Louis Vierne. It will also include some novelty pieces such as Fantasy on Nursery Tunes by Robert Elmore, as well as hymn arrangements. Join us on Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. Invite a friend!