O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
Being the concrete sequential thinker that I am, I am always looking for rules to follow. So when Tim and Jeff included the suggestion on their conference CD jacket that we listen to the messages "in order" I didn't even consider the idea of veering from that suggestion. I listened to the first message from Mickey Denen first, entitled "Darkness to Light."
The other suggestion I wisely followed was to use the power point presentation provided with the message. And Mickey's, in addition to adding clarity to his points, includes an entertaining element which many of you will enjoy. Mickey has a very warm personality and a disarming, endearing humility that you will find yourselves drawn to. He has always had my respect on a personal level, but after hearing what he presented in this message I will be paying more attention to his theology in the future. I found his message both impactful and insightful.
And so I wanted to introduce a new discussion topic centered on Mickey's message, with subsequent topics of the other messages to follow, each having its own separate heading. I hope others here will take advantage of what is sure to be a substantial discussion of some very exciting material, if this first message is any indication at all of what we are in for.
Are human beings the insignificant products of countless quirky biological accidents, or the expected result of evolutionary patterns deeply embedded in the structure of natural selection?