Finalists for the Name the Class contest

JP: These are the finalist name suggestions for the “Name the Class” contest.

We intend to vote on these (a weighted ballot where class attendees will be able to vote on multiple names) on Sunday January 29th.

  • Armorbearers
  • Bereans
  • Bible Explorers
  • Connections
  • Conquerors
  • Grace Proclaimers
  • Overcomers
  • Sojourners
  • Swordbearers
  • Tentmakers
  • Truth Seekers

Update on the Name the Class initiative

JP: Brief update on the Name the Class initiative: List of names submitted:

We all know who submitted “Occupy Plymouth”. She will be dealt with! 🙂 Two people suggested “Truth Seekers”. We may need to have some sort of tie-breaker process put in place.

Enter your name suggestion here

Our Lord’s incarnation makes Christmas Merry

JP: The above antique Christmas card is from my sister-in-law’s collection. She comments on it here:

Some of you know that I collect vintage postcards. By far, the best selection is found on Ebay. I no longer collect them at anything near the rate I did when I first started a few years ago, though I did buy a nice one yesterday that I’ll look to scan for you soon. I found a postcard selection displayed in a wooden sewing machine drawer in an antique shop and saw that it was a perfect fit, so that’s how I keep mine now. Christmas being a favorite holiday, I love to pull them out and look at them. A couple of years ago, I found a large lot of religiously themed postcards on Ebay, more than 60 of them. Most people prefer vintage Santa postcards, which can be pricey, so I got the lot at a wonderful price. I noticed when I got them that they all mentioned a certain girl and that’s where the mystery comes in.

All the postcards have to do with a girl named Doris Ridgway, have a religious theme, and all are sent from European countries in December of [date unclear], though to a few different addresses. Some are sent to Doris at her address in Ridgway, Virginia. Some are sent to “Radio Luxembourg” and annotated, “pour Dorothee”. The two scans are typical of all 60 some postcards. I love the script in the second scan from a little Belgian girl. It’s been awhile since I studied French but I think this is an accurate translation: “I am a little girl your age. I am Belgian. I think well of you.” So sweet. You’ll notice that it is addressed to “dise millions d’auditeurs”, which I’m thinking is “ten million listeners” or some such thing. I’ve googled all kinds of things with no luck, exploring Dorothy Ridgway… Hardy, Virginia…Radio Luxemboerg with no luck. Thoughts that have crossed my mind is that maybe little Doris was ill and it was a postcard writing campaign, or maybe there was some type of contest to get the most postcards or collect the most signatures as several of the postcards are signed by more than one person. In any case, I’ve now inherited this collection written to little Doris and I treasure them all, though the story is unknown to me. If any of you are so inclined, have the time and are amateur sleuths, I’d love it if you could tell me the story of this collection.

Chuck Bumgardner has a very helpful blog post entitled Observations on the Incarnation through Church History. Below are links to his blog posts (a veritable feast for the mind and soul!):

Charles Hodge is one of my favorite theologians. Here he offers The Scriptural Facts concerning the Person of Christ.

Brief excerpt only … select the above link for detail:

The proof of this doctrine includes three distinct classes of passages of Scripture, or may be presented in three different forms. First, the proof of the several elements of the doctrine separately. Secondly, the current language of the Scriptures which speak of Christ, from beginning to end, sometimes as man and sometimes as God; and combine the two modes of statement, or pass from the one to the other as naturally and as easily as they do where speaking of man as mortal and immortal, or as corporeal and as spiritual. Thirdly, there are certain passages of Scripture in which the doctrine of the incarnation is formally presented and dogmatically asserted

A Pastor remembers a friend

JP: I mentioned the untimely death of Darrin Christ in our prayer time this morning.

Darrin Christ obituary


Darrin Ray Christ died October 9, 2011 in Marietta, GA. Darrin was born May 22, 1969 in Greenville, SC to Dave and Becca Christ. He attended Bob Jones Academy and went on to Bob Jones University graduating with a BA in Bible. He pursued a masters degree in Health and Exercise Science at Furman University, and completed his degree in 1994. He then taught physical education at Bryson Elementary in Simpsonville, SC for 6 years. On September 18, 1999 he married CiCi (Cain) from Roswell, GA. Darrin and CiCi moved to Detroit, MI shortly after they were married so Darrin could attend Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. He graduated in 2005 with a Master of Divinity. Son, Riley, and daughter, Reagan were born during that time. Darrin and his family moved to Roswell, GA in 2006 where Darrin taught physical education in the Marietta City Schools. They joined Lebanon Baptist Church in 2008, and Darrin was hired onto the pastoral staff as part time youth pastor. Darrin also taught the Young Married Sunday School class, and worked with the College & Career Group during the summer months. Darrin is survived by his wife CiCi, son Riley, daughter Reagan, parents Dave and Becca, brother Derrick, and grandmother, Lorine Schaeffer.

Pastor Larry Rogier (Larry is the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in River Rouge, MI.): Thoughts On the Death of a Friend


While that is unsettling for some, if I thought for one minute that God was up in heaven earnestly desiring to hold back the powers of death from His child, my friend, but ultimately unable to, I would never preach again. I would have nothing good to say about a God who is so loving as to not want people to die a physical death, but so impotent as to be unable to stop it. What assurance can such impotence give of a future resurrection and hope? That would be a God unworthy of the very lives we wish to preserve. That would be the doctor who was in the ER that night. He meant well. Tried hard. Did all he could do. But fell short.

Worthy of thanks and gratitude, to be sure. But worthy of worship that bows down and offers a life? Surely not.

Last Sunday, God, for reasons sufficient to himself in his providence and wisdom, declared the life journey of my friend to be completed.

He decided it was time to free my friend from the shackles of this broken world, and the chains of his broken body.

And so, last Sunday, God called him. He said, “Come. It’s time. You’ve had enough.”

And he was gone.

“In My Seat” video

JP: We viewed at 4th’s communion service tonight. Worthwhile to pass on
In My Seat

BJU site: In My Seat

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Mystery Guest Coffee

JP: Time for Mystery Guest Coffee again. The above is NOT a photo of our Mystery Guest – it is a photo of Ernest Hemingway. I can say that he has a Hemingwayian beard!

I asked our Mystery Guest to provide three clues. I have to tell you that I don’t know what these mean but here they are anyway (with my commentary)

  1. It once took me 22 hours to drive from Greenville, SC to Midland, MI (It would normally take about half that long). Commentary: I know what is in Greenville (but I won’t hold that against him!). I’m sure there is some story behind this that he will have to explain!
  2. My kids both know what “boot to Linux” means and can find their IP address in either Windows or Linux. Commentary: Guest is very tech-savvy! He knows what Drupal is. He used to work for the successor of Burroughs Corporation and Sperry Corporation
  3. One of my favorite authors is a Mormon (but his name is NOT Smith!). Commentary: This makes he suspect that he is some sort of heretic but then again Pastor Morrell ok’d this!

Further commentary – he is a:

  1. Publisher
  2. Theologian
  3. And Internet-guru


  • When: Saturday November 12th
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: Peets’ house
  • What: Coffee, fellowhship, interaction with our guest