- Solomon among the Postmoderns by Peter Leithart (Ecclesiastes)
- Luke by Darrell Bock (Baker Exegetical Commentary)
- David Garland on 1 Corinthians (Baker Exegetical Commentary) and 2 Corinthians (New American Commentary)
- Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament edited by D.A. Carson
- Hebrews by William Lane (Word Biblical Commentary)
- 2 Timothy by John R.W. Stott (Bible Speaks Today)
- Philippians by Peter T. O’Brien (New International Greek Testament Commentary)
- Stories with Intent by Klyne Snodgrass (Parables)
Monday, December 29, 2008
- International Mission Board Global Vision Conference
- Whiteboard Sessions
- Worship God '08
- Weekender by 9 Marks Ministries
Churches (of course, these were only when I was not blessed to be at OBC)
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
- Christless Christianity by Michael Horton - Challenging book that I am still chewing on. I think he is dead on in most of his arguments.
- Jesus: Made in America by Stephen Nichols - This was a great read enlightening me as to how our society's perception of Jesus creeps into the church
- God at Work by Gene Veith - This gave me an understanding of what God desires from us in our calling and in our occupation.
- The Mission of God by Christopher Wright - I love Wright and this gargantuan book made me love God more, love my neighbor more, and understand God's design better.
- Created in God’s Image by Anthony Hoekema - This gave me a framework for an understanding of what being made in the image of God is all about.
- Whiter than Snow by Paul David Tripp - I read a portion of this almost every Sunday morning.
- The Reason for God by Tim Keller - Great apologetics book. Help cement some of my own beliefs in reasonable arguments
- Recalling the Hope of Glory by Allen Ross - I discovered my theology and thoughts of worship were way too small when I read this book.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Be on the lookout for a few book lists (do you expect anything less from a book-aholic), a few song lists, a few places/churches, etc., and a few things I am looking forward to in '09.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
1 Corinthians 13 Christmas Style
A True Love Story
If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family - I'm just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family - I'm just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family - It profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn't envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids or grandkids to get out of the way.
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
Love never fails. Video games will break; pearl necklaces will be lost; golf clubs will rust, running shoes will wear out. But giving the gift of love will endure—forever!
Monday, December 22, 2008
I have several of the books recommended and haven't been disappointed with any of them.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Every Christmas season, while we give attention to the message of God coming to earth, we also challenge our church to give so that other people may hear that message. We do so through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO), and we thought it would be helpful to answer some frequently asked questions about this emphasis!
What is the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering?
The LMCO is an offering used to support Southern Baptist missionaries as they share the Gospel overseas. The offering represents nearly 50 percent of the International Mission Board’s (IMB) total income. In short, 100% of the offering is used to support overseas missionaries and their ministries in other countries.
Who was Lottie Moon?
Lottie Moon was a missionary to China from 1873 to 1912. Throughout her career, Moon wrote numerous letters home urging Southern Baptists to greater missions involvement and support, and her passion has fueled Baptists to love those apart from Christ.
Why give to the International Mission Board?
The basic role of the IMB is to lead and facilitate the international missionary involvement of Southern Baptists in partnership with overseas Baptists and other Christians who are fulfilling the Great Commission. More than 5,900 of the world’s nearly 11,600 people groups continue to live and die in darkness. Among these least reached peoples there are few, if any, Evangelical Christians and no one working to plant new churches. By giving to the LMCO, we can work toward reaching these people.
Who do we know that currently is an IMB missionary?
Mike and Jenny H. are currently serving in this role; sharing the gospel for many years in Africa. A couple of weeks ago Mike shared his heart with our congregation and Jenny is already a familiar figure; having grown up here at Ogletown. They are currently on stateside assignment and we have been blessed to have them here with us. Giving to the LMCO goes to support over 4,000 missionaries like Mike and Jenny.
How much has Ogletown contributed to the LMCO in recent years, and do we have a goal we are trying to reach this year?
In 2006 and 2007, we collected over $25,000 and $17,000, respectively. Our hope is that we would give generously toward a goal of $25,000.
If you have any questions or need more information concerning LMCO, please don’t hesitate to ask us!
1. The message of the King. An ambassador is always asking, “What does my Lord want to communicate to this person in this situation? What truths should shape my response? What goals should motivate me?
2. The methods of the King. Here I will ask, “How does the Lord bring change in me and in others? How did he respond to people here on earth? What responses are consistent with the goals and resources of the gospel?
3. The character of the King. Here I ask, “Why does the Lord do what he does? How can I faithfully represent the character that motivates his redemption work? What motives in my own heart could hinder what the Lord wants to do in this situation?”
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I will resist the urge to make any remark about how much collective hot air must be in the office to fill these balloons. I won't go there!
The reaction that my secretary heard was "Aww man!"
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
What a beautiful sight, we're happy tonight... Someone ought to write a song about that!