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VonCannon Speaks on Making Bad Life Trades

Ryan VonCannon
Ryan VonCannon, children’s minister of Calvary on Aimwell and an avid basketball fan, spoke from Exodus 32:1-20 during BPC’s November 12 chapel service. “The minute anything takes the place of Jesus, it becomes an idol,” VonCannon said.
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The Wallace Brothers, assisted by Marquel Perry, led worship. Dr. Don Wallace is BPC’s Professor of Communications, while his brother Dave is the Interim Director of Advancement. (Photos by Lauren Moye)

By Lauren Moye

BPC Staff Writer

MOUNT VERNON—The children’s minister of Calvary on Aimwell, Ryan VonCannon, spoke during BPC’s November 12 chapel service. An avid fan of basketball, VonCannon opened his service by talking about how the Chicago Bulls once made a decision to trade Michael Jordan for Kobe Bryant. VonCannon made his point with the story by asking, “How often do we make bad trades in our lives?”

 

He turned to his passage, Exodus 32:1-20, where Moses first received the Ten Commandments from God. At the same time in this passage, the Israelites become fearful that Moses has been killed. They built a golden calf. “The Children of Israel,” VonCannon said, “Made a bad trade.” He read a portion of Psalm 106, before saying, “God literally can spit out galaxies, and they traded him for a grass-eating bull.” He then told his audience that they may not have a golden set-up in their dorm rooms, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t traded God for their personal idol.

VonCannon went on to create a list of things that can become idols for college students: money, careers, school, houses, cars, and sleep. “When we worry so much over something,” VonCannon stated, “It consumes us. It consumes our thoughts, it consumes our lives. And when it consumes us, it becomes an idol.”

He continued to go through examples of how ordinary objects can become idols. “The minute anything takes the place of Jesus, it becomes an idol,” VonCannon stressed. He taught that there’s only one response to idols: to destroy them.

Dr. Don Wallace, BPC’s Professor of Communications, Dave Wallace, the Interim Director of Advancement, and Marquel Perry led worship.

Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college south of Macon and north of Jacksonville, FL. The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.

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The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application
of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
 
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
 
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November 20, 2013 9:34 AM