EChurch@Wartburg – 10.13.18:Guest Sermon by Pete Briscoe

Welcome to a Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg

The TWW community would love to pray for you!

Autumn Leaves

Prayer from 1 Clement (c.96)

“We ask you, Master, be our helper and defender. Rescue those of our number in distress; raise up the fallen; assist the needy; heal the sick; turn back those of your people who stray; feed the hungry; release our captives; revive the weak; encourage those who lose heart. Let all the nations realize that you are the only God, that Jesus Christ is your Child, and that we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.” link

Prayer to the Divine Tutor – St Clement of Alexandria (150-215)

“Be kind to Your little children, Lord; that is what we ask of You as their Tutor, You the Father, Israel’s guide; Son, yes, but Father as well. Grant that by doing what You told us to do, we may achieve a faithful likeness to the Image and, as far as is possible for us, may find in You a good God and a lenient Judge.

May we all live in the peace that comes from You. May we journey towards Your city, sailing through the waters of sin untouched by the waves, borne tranquilly along by the Holy Spirit, Your Wisdom beyond all telling. Night and day until the last day of all, may our praises give You thanks, our thanksgiving praise You: You who alone are both Father and Son, Son and Father, the Son who is our Tutor and our Teacher, together with the Holy Spirit ” Amen

Since Wade Burleson is not preaching this week, I decided to post a video by my former pastor, Pete Briscoe, of Bent Tree Church. I chose it because submission is an awkward, difficult subject. Maybe this will help those of you, who like me, struggle. It gives a different point of view that may be challenging to the typical gender roles *rules.* This is not just going to be applied just to marriage. John Piper wold not approve.

Awkward | Part 2: Submission from Bent Tree on Vimeo.

Join me in praying the Lord’s Prayer while Andrea Bocelli sings.

The Lord’s Prayer (traditional) : Taken from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, 1662 link

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.

Folks, my church’s pastors say the Aaronic blessings at the close of every church service. It is deeply moving to me. I have dotted each line so you can take it slow and think about what each section of the prayer is asking for. Most weeks, I get a bit teary. It is my prayer for each one of you.

  • “The Lord bless you
  • and keep you;
  • the Lord make his face shine on you
  • and be gracious to you;
  • The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
  • and give you peace.” (NKJV)



EChurch@Wartburg – 10.13.18:Guest Sermon by Pete Briscoe — 15 Comments

  1. Also, I went out and got a brick chisel this week to go with my cement mixer and (more to the point) my large stack of bricks, the latter of which are for a retaining wall in the garden. Never tried splitting bricks before, so a spot of practice was in order. I managed to make a serviceable half-brick, queen closer, AND king closer. Yay me!

  2. Rich Shields,

    I had another pastor back in the 1980s who admired music written by the monks of Western Priory. he would feature them in the church service and I learned to sing some of them (Warning: when using sing to describe what I am attempting is over reaching.)

    I also like to use the prayers of the early church to give a history lesson along with the prayer.

  3. So anyway, I’ve had the results of some tests back from some biblically biblical bible things. And it turns out that I’m rubbish.

  4. ___

    Pulling Asunder: “Trick or Treat, Perhaps?”


    It is obvious that certain 501c3 pastoral candidates from certain theological seminaries are taught to corrupt the scriptures away from the spirit of the ‘one anothers’ that Apostle Paul talks about in his various epistles. What a travesty. What a scam. Since when do marital relationships, marital companionships, become control agenda’d mechanisms?


    Ans. When 501c3 religion professionals misuse their bibles to distort an otherwise wholesome relationship.


    Contemplative Food-For-Thought Conclusion: When the 501c3 ‘religious control agenda’ ™ is pushed in the marital relationship arena concerning the woman, moving away from the ‘one another’ that the Bible clearly shows, that Apostle Paul clearly teaching in the New Testament —it is time to leave that 501c3 establishment in the rear view mirror.

    Scary stuff, huh?

    Don’t listen to these proverbial 501c3 religious junk salesmen if they are pushing this relational control stuff.

    I get it! That which God put together, let no well meaning zealous 501c3 religious professional individual pushing dat dangerous marital relational control stuff pull asunder. I read my Bible, apparently Apostle Paul said ‘one another’ not boss the proverbial thanksgiving stuffing out of the windeful woman who loves you; —to desperation.

    So much BS, huh?





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  5. dee,

    You’re very kind! I did manage to make some more queen closer half-bricks today. So there’s that, I suppose.

  6. Briscoe’s talk is a breath of fresh air from the usual marriage and gender teachings common throughout the evangelical world.

    It’s not just the calvinistas who wouldn’t like to hear his perspective on Paul’s writings in this regard, there are plenty of non-calvinistic outfits who wouldn’t be amused either. Calvary Chapel comes to mind.

  7. After studying this subject for 26 years, starting with picking apart the KJV in comparison with it’s Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance w/Lexicon which is falling apart, this sermon is the best! It is easy to listen to, moves right along, and isn’t so bogged down with the details that someone would get lost and bored. And for some reason, when a man preaches this word, and especially in this way, I really don’t know why any other man could not listen. Thank you for posting!
    If anyone is interested in more details, I have found the following workbook to be easy reading and studying as well. And the back half is a workbook study for people who have been hurt by “biblical” patriarchy: The Equality Workbook, Freedom in Christ from the Oppression of Patriarchy. In addition, the nitty gritty details of the historic culture of Ephesians and the church’s adoption of secular philosophy are very interesting.

  8. Sòpwith: Since when do marital relationships, marital companionships, become control agenda’d mechanisms?

    When you’re a Control Freak, that’s when.
    To a Control Freak, EVERYTHING is Power Struggle. Top or Bottom, Dom or Sub, Predator or Prey, Kill or Be Killed, Eat or Be Eaten, NOTHING in-between.

  9. Muff Potter: It’s not just the calvinistas who wouldn’t like to hear his perspective on Paul’s writings in this regard, there are plenty of non-calvinistic outfits who wouldn’t be amused either. Calvary Chapel comes to mind.

    Again, Control Freaks.

    “Those most against Escapism are Jailers.”
    — J.R.R.Tolkien (from memory)