Spiritual Retreat at Palisades State Park

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From the event on Renovation Church‘s Facebook Page:

Pastor Tyler Ramsbey from Renovation Church is going to be leading a spiritual retreat at Palisades State Park. This first retreat will be completely free but is reserved for the first 15 people to sign up. We do ask, if you sign up, please make it a commitment to attend the retreat since only a limited number of people will be able to come.

Tyler is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis on spiritual formation through Sioux Falls Seminary. He will be utilizing many of the ancient spiritual disciplines of the Church to guide you in this spiritual retreat. The focus will be on connecting with God through Scripture, silence, meditation, and nature. The group will meet for morning prayer, afternoon prayer, and evening prayer. Much of the day will be guided meditation on Scripture and the many ways God reveals Himself and speaks to His people.

The retreat will go from 7am – 5pm and you will be required to pay the entrance fee into the State Park and to bring your own food for breakfast and lunch. Tyler will provide more information as the retreat gets closer. For questions, e-mail Tyler at tyler@renovationchurchsd.com


If you live in the area and would like to attend, I encourage you to reserve your free ticket before they run out. You can do so by going to this page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spiritual-retreat-at-palisades-state-park-tickets-60304535489 

Question & Answer – Live Stream

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Hey everyone!

Here in South Dakota, our area was covered with blizzard warnings on Sunday morning. Due to this, we decided to cancel our morning service and instead I led a special online service that consisted of inviting people to ask questions about the Christian faith, Jesus, and the Bible and I did my best to answer people’s questions in a way that was faithful to Scripture and Church History.

Below is the archived episode from the live stream. I pray it helps you grow in your faith on this Monday. Have a great week!

(If you are reading this in your e-mail, you will need to go to the actual page to see the video).

Q: Is Jesus being the “only way” to God narrow-minded?

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One of the questions people often ask me has to do with what theologians call the “exclusivity” of Jesus Christ. Christians throughout the centuries have faithfully proclaimed that Jesus’ life, death, burial, and resurrection are the only means by which humankind can be reconciled and put into a right relationship with God.

To modern ears, that sounds incredibly narrow-minded. What about all the people who grew up in different cultures with different religions – how can Christians arrogantly assume those other people are wrong simply because they do not use the same language when talking about God?

Many mainline denominations also reject the exclusivity of Christ. Instead, they view Christ as one way among many for people to be in a relationship with God. This is seen clearly in the way some mainline denominations talk about the Bible, salvation, and eternity.

So, what does Renovation Church (and by extension – I – Tyler Ramsbey) believe?

We believe and affirm the historical Christian teaching that there is no other name under heaven by which humankind can be saved (Acts 4:12).

How can we possibly hold to that narrow-minded, bigoted, and anti-Western truth?

Simple: The suffering of Jesus Christ.

Before being crucified, Jesus was brutally beaten beyond human recognition by a Roman scourge. This was a whip that would have shagged bone, piercing nails, and sharp metals attached to the ends of it. Jesus was beaten 39 times times by the Roman scourge – a beating that would cause most people to pass out from the pain. His flesh was literally ripped from his body.

After being scourged, Jesus is forced to carry His cross to a place of execution called Golgotha (lit. Place of the Skull). There he is stretched out while Roman Soldiers fasten him to the cross by hammering 6 – 9 inch nails through his wrists and his feet. He would then be hoisted up as onlookers jeered and mocked him. Crucifixion was invented by the Persians but perfected by Rome – it was such a horrifying way to die that Roman citizens could not be sentenced to crucifixion; it was a sentence reserved for foreign enemies and slaves.

Jesus endured all of this willingly. He is not a victim – He was in full control the entire time. Yet He endured the cross, drinking the full cup of God’s wrath that we deserve for our sin, in order to reconcile us back to the Father.

Friends, if it was possible to be reconciled back to God through the teachings of Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, New-age spirituality, or trying to be a “good person” – Jesus was the biggest fool and idiot for submitting himself to crucifixion. IF there was another way for humankind to be made right with God, the cross becomes divine child abuse at the hands of a sadistic deity who crushes His Son for no reason.


That’s why we believe Jesus is the only way to be made right with God. What say you? Do you disagree or agree? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! 

I Was Featured on a Podcast!

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Hey everyone!
I had the honor of being featured on the 200Churches Podcast – a podcast heard around the world for the purpose of encouraging small church pastors in ministry. Even if you aren’t in ministry, I hope & pray this conversation encourages you in your faith!

Here’s the episode: http://www.buzzsprout.com/8862/914865-episode-308-focus-on-your-strengths-in-small-church-ministry-with-tyler-ramsbey 

Today I Begin My Doctorate!

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I have recently been accepted into the Doctor of Ministry program at Sioux Falls Seminary. Those of you who have been following my blog, you know that I have also recently finished my Master of Divinity through Sioux Falls Seminary (others may be wondering if I will ever be done with school – probably not!)

To help with finances, I will also be working as a Teaching Assistant at the seminary and helping train future pastors  (which I am super excited about!). This will be in addition to my calling as the Lead Pastor of Renovation Church and the host of The Blue Light Podcast in Garretson! (I also occasionally work at Southeast Technical Institute a few days each semester to help out when it is busy).

I wrote this post to give all of you a short update on what is going on in my life. The way a doctorate program works is it is geared around a master project or a master thesis. More than likely, this will be a 100-page scholarly research paper that adds value to the Church. My research will be built around spiritual formation and church leadership – helping pastors find their identity in Christ rather than in the empty success of church attendance, church finances, or other so-called indicators of “success” in ministry.

If I could paint my “ideal” future, it would be teaching theology or spiritual formation at the college/seminary level on a part-time basis while continuing to pastor Renovation Church in Garretson.

Your prayers are much appreciated as I begin this new journey!

 

Are You Following the Jesus of the Bible or the Jesus of America? (New Message!)

In the message I shared this past Sunday at Renovation Church, I had the honor of teaching through the greatest failure of Peter’s life – his three denials of Jesus Christ. In a similar manner, I would argue that the vast majority of American Christians are also guilty of denying Jesus in a way that is more subtle but just as dangerous – we worship an American Jesus rather than the Jesus of the Bible.

What exactly do I mean? I invite you to get a Bible & a notebook and watch the message below!

(If you are reading this in your e-mail you will have to go to the actual page to watch the message.) 

YOU Are Invited to an Online Small Group With Me!

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I am going to be leading a 3-week small group around the topic “How To Study the Bible” based out of material from the “Multiply” book by Francis Chan. I believe this is so important for everyone to experience that I am offering it both in-person in Garretson, SD and online via Google Hangouts.


In-Person Group:
The in-person small group will meet on the following Saturdays at 8am at O So Good in Garretson. If you live in the Garretson area, I’d be honored to have you join me.

  • Saturday, January 19th @ 8am
  • Saturday, January 26th @ 8am
  • Saturday, February 2nd @ 8am

Here’s a link to the Facebook Event for the in-person small group. 


Online Group:
The online small group will meet on the following Tuesdays at 10pm via Google Hangouts. In order to use Google Hangouts you need a Gmail account and a webcam. For questions, send me an e-mail (tyler@renovationchurchsd.com) or leave a comment.

  • Tuesday, January 15th @ 10pm
  • Tuesday, January 22nd @ 10pm
  • Tuesday, January 29th @ 10pm

Here’s a link to the Facebook Event for the online small group.