The Gospel of God #21: “Mr. Bean Goes to Church and Finds a Surprise”

March 26, 2014:

This weekend, Saturday, March 29 at 5:00 p.m. at our South Wheaton Campus and Sunday, March 30 at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. at our Wheaton Campus, we'll be returning to our series on Paul's letter to the Romans, "The Gospel of God." We'll be looking at Romans 2:9-11 with a message titled "Mr. Bean Goes to Church and Finds a Surprise." Watch a video preview here:

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Vision Sermon 2014 Video: How Church Can Change Your Life

March 24, 2014:

The video of Sunday's sermon, "How Church Can Change Your Life," our Vision Sermon 2014, from Hebrews 12:18 – 13:21, is now online. You can watch it here. Discussion questions about the sermon are available here. If you didn’t pick up a copy of the special booklet, “How Church Can Change Your Life,” that accompanied the Vision Weekend, copies will be available again on Sunday and at the church information tables during the week.

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The Pattern and the Pulpit: A Workshop on Biblical Exposition, May 7-9, 2014

March 20, 2014:

The annual Workshop on Biblical Exposition at College Church in Wheaton is coming May 7-9, 2014. The Workshop is sponsored by The Charles Simeon Trust, and our focus this year will be "The Pattern and the Pulpit: Exposition, Systematics, and Practice." For most of us, a classroom is the place for doctrine. And the pulpit is the place for preaching the Word. If we are going to preach expositionally instead of doctrinally, does this mean that systematic theology is somehow useless or merely a distraction in sermon preparation? On the contrary, systematics has an important role to play. Join Dr. Michael Lawrence (senior pastor of Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon), Dr. Philip Ryken (president of Wheaton College), and Dr. Josh Moody (senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton) as they explore the importance of systematic theology for preparing expositional sermons. What is a Workshop on Biblical Exposition? The Workshops on Biblical Exposition aim to recover the centrality of God's…

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Vision Weekend 2014

March 19, 2014:

This Saturday, March 22, at 5:00 p.m., College Church launches its South Wheaton Campus at Edison Middle School, 1125 S. Wheaton Ave. During the Saturday service and the Sunday morning services (March 23) at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m., I'll be preaching our Vision Sermon 2014, "How Church Can Change Your Life," from Hebrews 12:18-13:21. This is an exciting time in the life of College Church, and a good time to bring friends to one of the weekend services. We would enjoy welcoming you and having you join us.

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The Gospel of God #20, Romans 2:6-8, “Paul’s Screwtape Letter”

March 14, 2014:

When I was looking at this passage earlier this week, the thought came to my mind that this was probably the most countercultural passage in the Bible! How could we look at this passage and understand it today? Why would we invite a friend to come to church to hear this passage explained? And then it dawned on me: here in this passage is the antidote to probably the greatest test we face now. I’ve formulated it as "Paul’s Screwtape Letter"—playing off the famous book by C.S. Lewis. Paul here is providing ammunition to counter one of the standard temptations that we face at the moment. I would love to have your input and observations as we look at Romans 2:6-8 on Sunday at College Church. Here is a video introducing the theme of the sermon. And here is one recent analysis* of the prevalent narcissism of our culture which this passage answers. What Paul is…

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Keith and Kristyn Getty Concert April 23

March 13, 2014:

On Wednesday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. Keith and Kristyn Getty will be in concert at College Church. You can learn more about the Gettys and their music and modern hymns at their website. This will be a great opportunity to invite friends and join in a special evening with the Gettys. Tickets are $15 prior to April 22, and $20 at the door. They can be purchased here. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

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Orthodoxy and Vitality

March 12, 2014:

The following article was written for Evangelicals Now and published in their news publication for February 2014. In this month’s column, Josh Moody interviews Dr. Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College. JM: What do you love about Wheaton College? PR: Honestly, I love almost everything about Wheaton College. I was virtually raised on this campus – my father taught English Literature here for almost 50 years – and I have a life-long love affair with this community. I love the way our faculty pursues the life of the mind, in a context where learning is integrated with faith and life. I love the breadth of our liberal arts curriculum, which invites all of our students to study great books and pursue learning across a wide range of disciplines in the arts and sciences. I love the music we make in our exceptional conservatory. I love our nationally-ranked sports teams. I love our close association with the evangelism…

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