Saturday, November 24, 2007

Prayer Request: Concentration

I'm pretty depressed right now and it's affecting my seminary work. I need to concentrate so I can write an exegesis paper for my General Epistles and Revelation class. It's due this week and I haven't been able to write it (I've started but it's pretty disjointed). I'm working on it now, please pray that I can keep my focus until I finish it.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!


I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day celebration with your friends and family and that you don't overindulge :-) Thankfully I don't have to cook today, my sister does Thanksgiving and I do Christmas -- it makes it a lot easier on both of us.

I thought I would share with you some of the many blessings for which I'm thankful to God:

I'm thankful that there is a God in heaven who cares about each of us and sent his Son to pay the penalty for our rebellion against him. I'm thankful he is a personal God who cares and watches over me, protects me from harm and has drawn me to him.

I'm thankful I live in a country where I can proclaim that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and that my fidelity is to him.

I'm thankful that I live in a country that acknowledges our right to believe in any god or no god.

I'm thankful for a supportive and loving family, for the love of my husband and my children and the ability to share my love with them.

I'm thankful for my brothers and sisters in Christ who travel this road with me and who share in the comfort we provide each other. I'm thankful for their support.

I'm thankful that the Lord has blessed me with a warm home and the availability of plenty of food.

I'm thankful to live in a country where we can be a blessing to others by providing for their needs when they do not have a warm home or food.

I'm thankful for the readers of this blog and that you haven't abandoned me! Thanks for sticking with me even though I don't really post that much.

I'm thankful I didn't break my nose yesterday!

I'm thankful we can all share in one day a year where we give thanks to the Lord for our many blessings.

Psalm 50:23 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!”

Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Philippians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

1 Timothy 2:1
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people

I'm Scarred for Life


Literally!

*sniff* *sniff*

OK, I'm 47 and I expect to have wrinkles and sagging skin and all that but I didn't expect to have this! *sniff*

So, what happened? Would you believe me if I told you that I got into an argument at Westminster over the authorship of Hebrews and it turned into a brawl? Well, it wasn't that exciting, it was pretty much your normal everyday klutzy accident. It did happen in my General Epistles and Revelation class but it involved a power cord for a laptop and my natural inclination not to look where I'm going.

I had just finished talking to the professor and turned to rush to the bathroom before class started again, tripped over the power cord, landed on my knees and hit my face on a desk. I thought I broke my nose and I started crying, "My nose, my nose, I think I broke my nose." I'm sitting there with blood spewing out of the gush in my forehead, holding my nose in case it's broken. I'm sure it was not my best moment.

One of the seminarians (who was a blessing from the Lord) who had worked with the sports program of a high school immediately came to my aid and stopped the bleeding and took me to the hospital where I was eventually given seven stitches. When I finally got to see myself in the mirror I cried (one thing in my favor, I didn't even think of scarring until everyone started bringing it up). I looked like Frankenstein's monster.

I keep telling myself that I should be thankful that I didn't break my nose (and believe me I am -- I thanked the Lord that he did let me break it :-) but it only helps a little. Mostly I'm bummed that I have to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas looking like I was in the middle of a knife fight.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament


G. K. Beale and D.A Carson have edited a commentary on the New Testament's use of the Old Testament. This looks like it will be a very helpful commentary, one that will give the reader an understanding of the context of the Old Testament passage being quoted:

Readers of the New Testament often encounter quotes or allusions to Old Testament stories and prophecies that are unfamiliar or obscure. In order to fully understand the teachings of Jesus and his followers, it is important to understand the large body of Scripture that preceded and informed their thinking. Leading evangelical scholars G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson have brought together a distinguished team of scholars to provide readers with a comprehensive commentary on every quotation, allusion, and echo of the Old Testament that appears from Matthew through Revelation.
Here is the table of contents, introduction and a sample from the commentary for Acts by I. Howard Marshall.

Here is a list of the contributors:
Contributors: Craig Blomberg (Denver Seminary) on Matthew; Rikk E. Watts (Regent College) on Mark; David W. Pao (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and Eckhard J. Schnabel (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) on Luke; Andreas J. Kostenberger (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) on John; I. Howard Marshall (University of Aberdeen) on Acts; Mark A. Seifrid (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) on Romans; Brian Rosner (Moore Theological College) and Roy Ciampa (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) on 1 Corinthians; Peter Balla (Karoli Gaspar University, Budapest) on 2 Corinthians; Moises Silva (author of Philippians in BECNT) on Galatians and Philippians; Frank Thielman (Beeson Divinity School) on Ephesians; G. K. Beale (Wheaton College Graduate School) on Colossians; Jeffrey A. D. Weima (Calvin Theological Seminary) on 1 and 2 Thessalonians; Philip Towner (United Bible Societies) on the Pastoral Epistles; George Guthrie (Union University) on Hebrews; D. A. Carson (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) on the General Epistles; G. K. Beale (Wheaton College Graduate School) and Sean McDonough (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) on Revelation
If enough of you guys buy it, I will be able to afford it :-)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Dr. Richard Bauckham Lectures at WSC

"The Four Gospels and the Other Gospels: Is Our Canon Right?" You can listen to it here. Dr. Bauckham is the author of a number of books including Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony and James which is a commentary I'm reading now for my General Epistles and Revelation class.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The 2007 Institute on Biblical Preaching

Audio is available at WTS.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Debating Covenantal Infant Baptism

Here's a link to a broadcast debate between James White and Gregg Strawbridge over infant baptism (part 2 is here). Strawbridge is the editor of The Case for Covenantal Infant Baptism.

The debate is on Covenant Radio.

Updated: Evidently, the podcast has been removed. You can listen to it here.

Updated yet again: You can listen to it here and here, as well or you can subscribe to Covenant Radio here and it will be put on your iPod or RSS reader.

Did you know 2.0

The sequel to Shift Happens.


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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind

Justin Taylor has some interesting links related to Antony Flew's new book. Flew went from atheism to deism.

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