Tracks of Little Bird…


“Tracks of a Little Bird”
by Pastor Larry Meyer, March 11, 2018

With the recent death of Billy Graham, an article from several years ago caught my attention. It had an intriguing title & was written by Dr. Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. The article reminded me again how amazing is God’s grace and His ways beyond understanding. It’s also a powerful reminder of why God called us together as His people & is a great source of hope as we minister to a new generation.

Here’s the article with the provocative title. — Larry

The Next Billy Graham Might Be Drunk Right Now

Whenever I start to get discouraged about the future of the church, I remember a conversation I had a few years ago with evangelical theologian Carl F. H. Henry on what would turn out to be his last visit to Southern Seminary before his death.

Several of us were lamenting the miserable shape of the church, about so much doctrinal vacuity, vapid preaching, non-existent discipleship.  We asked Dr. Henry if he saw any hope in the coming generation of evangelicals.  And I’ll never forget his reply.

“Why, you speak as though Christianity were genetic,” he said. “Of course, there is hope for the next generation of evangelicals. But the leaders of the next generation might not be coming from the current evangelical establishment. They are probably still pagans.”

“Who knew that Saul of Tarsus was to be the great Apostle to the Gentiles?” he asked us. “Who knew that God would raise up a C.S. Lewis, a Charles Colson? They were unbelievers who, once saved by the grace of God, were mighty warriors for the faith.”

Of course, the same principle applied to Henry himself. Who knew that God would raise up a newspaperman from a nominally Lutheran family to defend the Scriptures for generations of conservative evangelicals?

The next Jonathan Edwards might be the man driving in front of you with the Darwin fish bumper decal.  The next Charles Wesley might be a misogynist, profanity-spewing hip-hop artist right now. The next Billy Graham might be passed out drunk in a fraternity house right now.  The next Charles Spurgeon might be making posters for a Gay Pride March right now.  The next Mother Teresa might be managing an abortion clinic right now.

But the Spirit of God can turn all that around. And seems to delight to do so. The new birth doesn’t just transform lives, creating repentance and faith; it also provides new leadership to the church and fulfills Jesus’ promise to gift his church with everything needed for her onward march through space and time (Eph. 4:8ff).  After all, while Phillip was leading the Ethiopian eunuch to Christ, Saul of Tarsus was still a murderer.

Most of the church in any generation comes along through the slow, patient discipleship of the next generation. But just to keep us from thinking Christianity is evolutionary and “natural” (or to use Dr. Henry’s term “genetic”), Jesus shocks his church with leadership that seems to come like a Big Bang out of nowhere.

Whenever I’m tempted to despair about the shape of American Christianity, I’m reminded that Jesus never promised the triumph of the American church; he promised the triumph of the church. Most of the church, in heaven and on Earth, isn’t American. Maybe the hope of the American church is right now in Nigeria or Laos or Indonesia.

Jesus will be King, and his church will flourish. And he’ll do it in the way he chooses, by exalting the humble and humbling the exalted and by transforming cowards and thieves and murderers into the cornerstones of his New City.

So relax.  And be kind to that atheist in front of you on the highway, the one who just shot you an obscene gesture. He might be the one who evangelizes your grandchildren. ©

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Friesland Community Men’s Chorus


We are a dedicated Group of men who love the Lord and love to sing His praise and glory. We have been doing our work for him since 1982. We are men from all walks of life and from several areas of Wisconsin, 11 different denominations and 27 different churches.

2018 Concert Schedule (Tentative)
All Sundays unless specified
4 – Beaver Dam Faith Community Church  9:30 AM
11- Waupun Catholic 2:00 PM
18- Randolph Methodist 10:15 AM
8 – Cambria Presbyterian 10:00 AM
15- Oshkosh Wesley United Methodist 9:00 AM
22- Beaver Dam Chapel of Arch Angels 2:00 PM
29- Rosendale Peace Lutheran 9:00 AM
6 – Brandon Reformed 10:00 AM 305 Main Street
20- Mayville St Paul Lutheran 2:00 PM 165 Walnut Street
27- Portage Grace Bible 9:00 AM 2939 Cty Hwy CX
3 – Pardeeville Grace Presbyterian 7:00 PM N7631 Hwy 22
10 – Oshkosh Countryside 9:30 AM W1483 Burr Oak Rd, Hwy 44
17- Markesan United Methodist 9:30 AM 74 Catherine Street
24- Friesland 1st Reformed (End of year concert) 6:30 PM 107 Winnebago Street
16- Rosendale Peace Lutheran (Benefit) 2:00 PM
17- (Monday) Cambria – Dave & Linda Hughes Barn (Benefit) 7:00 PM

Call 920-382-1370 if you would like to join, Purchase a CD (may also be purchased on our website – see link above) or for any other information.