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A Brutal Wakeup Call—The Charlottesville Incident by Ty Gibson

A Brutal Wakeup Call

August 17, 2017 | Ty Gibson

It’s 2017.

Not 1526.1

Not 1863.2

Not 1968.3

It’s 2017, people, and we have just witnessed a grotesque manifestation of racism coming out of the shadows to flex its emaciated muscles in the mirror of its deluded sense of superiority.

The Charlottesville incident is revelatory. It shows us that there is a fomenting racism, boiling just beneath the surface with violent impulses, trying to climb out of its slimy hole to repeat past horrors that many of us imagine are impossible in our “enlightened” modern times.

As a member of the body of Christ, and of the larger human community, I cannot help but express myself on the matter. Quite frankly, I am outraged and saddened and sick to my stomach by the escalating pattern of open racial hatred we are seeing across American. Hardly a week passes that we are not confronted by some heart-rending display of racism, and now Charlottesville has confronted us with what we’ve tried not to believe—that this monster, so far from being composed of …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

95 Theses for the Continuing Reformation

July 10, 2017 | Ty Gibson

Martin Luther and John Calvin changed the world by the power of their good theology in spite of their bad theology. The Dark Ages from which they were emerging were very dark, indeed, and some of that darkness clung to the great Protestant Reformers even as they ran toward the light. The revolution they sparked lay chiefly in two seismic shifts of understanding they released into public discourse:

The Bible alone, speaking to individual conscience, is to be our rule of faith and practice, not the authority of any man or any church.

Salvation is the gift of God’s grace to be received by faith alone and therefore cannot be earned by any deeds we might do.

With these two powerful ideas, the Protestant Reformers initiated a trajectory of change they could not see through to its logical end. Other Reformers arose after them and discovered additional lost truths, and the work of Reform continues even now.

Here are 95 Theses to ponder for the continuing Reformation.

SCRIPTURE

The Bible …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Super Knowledge by Ty Gibson

Super Knowledge

May 29, 2017 | Ty Gibson

We are creatures of “knowledge.” Our entire existence is shaped by what we know and how we know. According to the Bible, there is a regular, run-of-the-mill knowledge, and then there is a kind of knowledge that operates at a deeper, wider, higher level.

“We know that we all have knowledge (gnosis). Knowledge (gnosis) puffs up, but love edifies” (1 Corinthians 8:1).

Paul wants us to understand that knowledge without love is worthless—and worse than worthless, it makes us arrogant.

In Ephesians 1, Paul prays that we will receive, “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge (epignosis) of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened” (Ephesians 1:17-18).

Here he uses the Greek word for knowledge, gnosis, with the prefix epi, which is a grammatical amplifier. Epignosis is deep knowledge, crucial knowledge, super knowledge. Later, in Ephesians 3:19, Paul prays that we will “know the love of Christ which passes knowledge (gnosis).” There is a knowing that surpasses all common knowledge. If you know the love of Christ, …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

I Wish I Could Tell Her "Happy Mother's Day" by Ty Gibson

I Wish I Could Tell Her “Happy Mother’s Day”

May 12, 2017 | Ty Gibson

My mom was a force of nature. As poet Barbara Kingsolver once said, “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” That was my mom. Fiercely independent, she left home at 15 and got a job as a waitress. The popular, cool guy in town swept her off her feet with his charm. And that’s how the world got me, her first child. She gave Johnny Gibson an ultimatum: “We have a baby now (that would be cute, chubby little me). Stop the partying and let’s be a family, or I’m leaving.” He promised and failed, promised and failed, promised and failed. So she left him to raise me on her own. There we were, then, just the two of us.

She was beautiful and as a result was invited, or rather “scouted,” to attend high society parties at which were politicians, actors and singers. (Believe it or not, there are people whose job it is to go to restaurants and stores and find beautiful young women—and young …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Running Back and Forth by Ty Gibson

Running Back and Forth

May 5, 2017 | Ty Gibson

Hello friends of Light Bearers!

There are so many exciting things going on here at the ministry, I can hardly keep up. But I’d rather be busy than bored. I’m sure you feel the same. I recently read in Ezekiel the mind-blowing fact that we’re not alone in our busyness:

“The living creatures ran back and forth…” (1:14).

“The appearance of their workings was, as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel” (1:16).

So, get this: there are angelic beings in heaven, and what are they doing? Running back and forth. They are so busy executing tasks that they move as fast as possible. And they must be highly organized, because their “workings” are pictured as intersecting wheels of activity.

That’s how the work of Light Bearers feels at times—actually all the time. And it is such a joy to be part of this team. Allow me to share with you a few of the things God has us doing presently.

PREACHING THE GOSPEL

As I write, …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

When Jesus Put Shame to Shame

April 10, 2017 | Ty Gibson

If you know me at all, then you know that I am decidedly anti-coercion. And yet, if I could make every person on the planet listen to this audio message by my friend, Elise Harboldt, I would. Well, maybe I’m exaggerating for effect, but I’m hoping you get the effect. This is what I texted to Elise today after hearing her message:

“Elise, I just listened to your message, When Jesus Put Shame to Shame. I am overcome by the love of God, moved to my core. Thank you, thank you, for speaking such beautiful good news. I’m in a public place and now I need to figure out how to stop crying.”

Wherever you are reading this, I’m asking you to get alone somewhere and listen to this message. Throw on some headphones and go for a walk, or go for a drive and listen to it in your car, or lay down on your bed and let it play from your phone. Do whatever you need to do, …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Daughters of Eve by Ty Gibson

Daughters of Eve

March 8, 2017 | Ty Gibson

Today is International Women’s Day.

As for me, I’m a “ladies man,” but not in the way you are familiar with the term.

My happiest childhood memories are of one summer with my grandmother, Eleanor, fishing, trapping critters, hiking up the rock piles around Phoenix (called “mountains”), and getting thrown by her into a fenced yard to fight my own personal bully “to the death” as she placed a $5 bet on me as the sure winner, with the bully’s mom, no less.

Stuff like that.

She was wonderful.

Her daughter, Laura Emily, was wonderful too. She raised four kids as a single mom, of which I was the oldest. This woman was a force of beauty and strength to be reckoned with. One time I watched with shock and delight as she jumped with her little body onto the back of a man nearly twice her size—my “new dad”—holding onto his neck with her left arm and punching him in the head with her right fist, screaming, “Don’t you …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers