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28 Sep 2012

Connecting With Culture

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There’s three different attitudes to the things of culture: (1) They are by nature bad, evil, etc. (2) There’s nothing wrong with them whatsoever. (3) It depends on the cultural element and how its being used.

As a Christian…

If you take attitude number one it puts you in a place where you are constantly in a war with everyone and everything around bred into an inescapable “us versus them” mentality. The problem with this is we have a Jesus who entered into a specific culture and embraced cultural elements in order to reach people (Jn 1:14).

If you take attitude number two, then the people of the culture see no difference between Christians and anyone else. The classic term is “syncretism” and its when a Christian (with seemingly good intentions at first) attempts to reach out to and connect with culture and in the process becomes so involved and identifiable with culture that there is no apparent difference Jesus makes in a person’s life. If you look, act, dress, talk, live like everyone else than really…what difference does the Gospel make in one’s life, why do you need Jesus?

If you take attitude number three, then it’s a call for much greater discernment…and work. You have to think about culture, not just indulge in it. You have to listen, learn and then respond. You have to look at a cultural element and evaluate it and compare it with a Gospel worldview and then based upon what you find…either rejecting it, receiving it or redeeming it. It is much harder try go after culture and not just reject or receive it…BUT, it is much more biblically faithful and representative of the Christ we as Christians claim to believe in and follow.

With that…let’s take a look at two popular/new songs of our culture, “Gangnam Style” from Psy and “Babel” from Mumford and Sons…

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27 Sep 2012

Third Is Not The Word, Part I

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Blog | Seven Things That Football Taught Me About What Our Culture Loves to Worship | J.D. Bale

Last year I was watching Robert Griffin III lead the underdog Baylor Bears to a shocking upset victory over the Texas Longhorns (They’re devil horns. Really…) I saw a placard in the crowd that read, “Third is The Word,” and thought it was funny in an uncomfortable sort of way. BLASPHEMY! This was a football player at a Christian university being openly compared to The Messiah. Only in Texas, right? Wrong.

Idolatry in football is a real thing and it is an easy target. But, much like the altar of “the unknown god” in Acts 17, football as an American obsession can tell us a lot about the culture we live in. As with all idols, the popular mania that is associated with football is constructed from things that people legitimately value and desire. People are drawn to the stories of players like RG3 because they are an incarnation of everything that we love about the game itself.

I used to hate football, but I learned to appreciate and eventually love it as I started to see how it could help me understand and better relate to the people I am called to serve. Over the course of the next three weeks I will explore 7 different things that I see our culture unknowingly worshipping in this well-known god, and point out how The Word addresses each desire.


25 Sep 2012

Mission & Culture

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Mission & Culture | The Book of Acts | 17:16-34 | Pastor Duane Smets

This an exegetical and expository sermon on Acts 17:16-34. It deals with the nature of culture and how Christians are supposed to relate and connect with it for the sake of Gospel mission. Through a detailed look at the Apostle’s time in Athens and on Mars Hill this sermon explores what it looks like to engage the world in order to present the true God and His Son, Jesus Christ. This sermon was originally preached on September 23rd, 2012 at The Resolved Church in San Diego,CA.


21 Sep 2012

General and Special Revelation

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Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen. Romans 16:25-27

In this weeks sermon Duane briefly touched on the distinction between General and Specific Revelation in order to set up a statement on the primacy of Scripture. What follows is a much more thorough exploration of each category, excerpted from Louis Berkhof’s Systematic Theology.

*Be sure to bring along your theological steak knife and a couple good forks (you will probably break at least one before you finish this…)


18 Sep 2012

Mission & The Message

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Mission and The Message | The Book of Acts | 17:1-15 | Pastor Duane Smets

This an exegetical and expository sermon on Acts 17:1-15. It deals with why the Christ had to die and rise, why the confession “Jesus is Lord” is so important and why the Scriptures are meant to be the determiner of truth for Christians. This sermon was originally preached on September 16th, 2012 at The Resolved Church in San Diego,CA.


12 Sep 2012

Sept 15th – College Bowling Night

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Blog Announcement | Gabe Hagstrom

Time to represent your school, your Alma Mater, your friends’ school, or just bowl…I mean sometimes you just gotta’ bowl, you know?

Anyway We’re meeting at the Kearny Mesa Bowl (7585 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard) at 4pm. We’ll split into our respective universities (If you’re not into labels or the university label doesn’t fit, still come and be a free agent, to be courted aggressively by the 4 groups) and see how things shake out. The winning University team takes home the trophy. A literal trophy that you and your friends can hoist around all Sunday long in front of the coffee table at church in memory of your victory.

Afterwards, we’ll go grab some dinner at a local restaurant (Most likely Ramen, or Hamburgers) and get to know each other a bit more. Come for all, or part. The more the merrier.

ALSO: Feel free to pass the official FB invite on to friends, I’m not official friends with all the college students at the Resolved so the whole Viral action couldn’t hurt.


12 Sep 2012

Sept 30th – Calling All Musicians!

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Blog/Announcement | Sean Hutchinson

Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. It controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirits…This precious gift has been given to man alone that he might thereby remind himself that God has created man for the express purpose of praising and extolling God. However, when man’s natural musical ability is whetted and polished to the extent that it becomes an art, then do we note with great surprise the great and perfect wisdom of God in music, which is, after all, His product and His gift…” (Martin Luther).

We are looking for proficient and passionate musicians to join the Music Worship Ministry at The Resolved. Our desire is to form 4 rotating bands, specific groups of musicians regularly playing together with unique and diverse styles and musical excellence, leading the church in song and prayer once a month, or once every 4 weeks. Each band will consist of 4-5 musicians and will be assembled based on musical style and proficiency. We are looking for all types of instrumentation (bass, drums, guitar, piano, brass, woodwinds, etc…) as well as vocalists.

Below is a compiled Theology of Music Worship @ The Resolved Church. Please read and complete the application. After submission of the application, please join us for our first round of auditions on Sunday evening September 30th, 6:30pm in the church auditorium. You can contact Sean Hutchinson with any questions and submit your application in person or email to


11 Sep 2012

Resolved To Look Ahead

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Resolved To Look Ahead | Gen 13:14-18 | Pastor Duane Smets

This is an exegetical sermon on Genesis 13:14-18 coupled with a topical address of the fall 2012 vision and plan for The Resolved Church. It addresses the importance of having a God centered vision, the Biblical story and meaning of the “promised land” and how it is fulfilled in Jesus and the Gospel. This sermon was originally preached on September 9th, 2012 at The Resolved Church in San Diego,CA.


06 Sep 2012

Nov 17th — LampPost Cafe

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This Month: The LampPost Cafe – Live Music and Art

Come join us next Saturday, November 17th, at 8pm for The Lamppost Café! We will have live music from Rick & Carm as well as Jon Runion, live art from Jerm Wright of the Art Wars Club, handmade leather goods from The Bradley Mountain Collective, and good drinks from Coffee & Tea Collective.

$5 at the door. 1717 W. Morena Blvd 92110. Check The Lamppost Café out on and .

05 Sep 2012

Law & Gospel, Part IV

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Revisiting Law & Gospel | Romans | 7:7-12 | Pastor Duane Smets

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

Back in 2007 The Resolved was still working through The Book of Romans and we spent a month in Chapter 7 talking extensively about The Law and The Gospel. Over the next 4 weeks we will be revisiting that series one piece at a time. “Enjoy.”


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