We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

The Lamplighter Guild

This summer, from July 15th-20th, Lamplighter Ministries plans to host its second Lamplighter Guild for Creative Disciplines, a catalyst for collaboration, innovation, and compelling instruction between master teachers and apprentices. Students will choose to study either Dramatic or Visual Arts during this time, and each student will be challenged to cultivate a high level of excellence in order to uniquely reflect the image of God in his work and life. This event will be hosted at the world-renowned Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY.

Dramatic Arts students will learn script writing, sound design, music composition, directing, producing, and stage and voice acting from the creative minds and talents behind acclaimed radio theatre productions such as Adventures in Odyssey, Chronicles of Narnia, Les Miserables, and Left Behind.

Visual Arts students will interact with Mohonk’s spectacular mountaintop in an unforgettable week of visual exploration and creative expression through plein air oil painting.

To learn more, visit www.lamplighterguild.com or watch a brief promo video for the event:

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Published in: on April 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Let This Cup Pass, Part 2

Did Jesus really pray to be relieved from the cross as he prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will”?

I’ve learned that when we’re confronted with a passage that’s hard to understand, it’s best to let the Bible speak for itself. Scripture always interprets Scripture. So let’s see what the Scripture has to say about this controversial subject.

In John 12 we read: “And Jesus answered them, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour” (John 12:23-27).

Hmmm….it does appear that just hours before his controversial prayer, he has every intention of going to the cross. John 12 also tells us that though Jesus’ soul is troubled, that he would not be asking his Father to save him from this hour. If Jesus says he wouldn’t ask his father to save him from this hour, then doesn’t it seem odd that Jesus would be asking his Father to let this cup pass from him?

So if Jesus wasn’t relinquishing his purpose–going to the cross–what was he asking to be relieved from? The key to this mystery is solved in Dr. Luke’s account. Don’t miss tomorrow’s Lamplighter Moment, as we discover the true meaning of this cup.