Sunday, February 24, 2008

Book of the Week

I'm heading off for Disney World tonight for the senior trip at our school, and I'm excited about the bus ride because I'll have time to read my newest book: Mark Driscoll's Vintage Jesus. It looks like it will be a great/easy read on the Person & work of Christ.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Book of the Week

This week's book is the book of Job.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

You are not the author of your own life story

Last year in one of my classes, there was this old poster that said, "You are the author of your own life story." I pointed at it in the beginning of the year in my Romans class and told the students that we would find that that simply was not true...and then at the end of the year we would rip it down and replace it with a more accurate statement.

I got up this morning and continued reading through the book of Job and came to this verse:

"Are not his days like the days of a hired hand?" (7:1b).

There is a Divine appointment that rules over human lives. This past weekend, we took a ski trip to Winterplace in West Virginia. On the trip, one of the groups that was with us received word that another student in their group had been killed in a car accident. Saturday night, we mourned alongside of these students.

We take such little thought of death. I just saw yesterday that at some gas stations, they're putting up tv's at the pump. It seems that we have to occupy our minds constantly in order not to think about deeper subjects such as death. Here are some statements about death that I read this morning from Thomas a' Kempis's book, The Imitation of Christ:

"What canst thou see anywhere that can long continue under the sun?"

"Didst thou oftener think of thy death than of thy living long, there is no question but thou wouldst be more zealous to improve"

"Very quickly there will be an end of thee here; look what will become of thee in another world"

"Ah, foolish me, why dost thou think to live long, when thou canst not promise to thyself one day?"

Praying that we would fix our hearts on the things that are unseen.

Monday, February 11, 2008

The Frozen People of Grand Central Station

Book of the Week

This week's book is the classic by Thomas a' Kempis, "The Imitation of Christ"
It's probably been close to 8 years ago since I read it last, but I remember when I read it the first time, it was one of my favorite books for a long time. I used to use it somewhat like a devotional. I'm pretty excited about reading it. I think it will be like visiting an old friend.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Author of the Week

This week I'm planning on reading several different articles from Bishop N.T. Wright. I've read a lot about his works, but not his works. My guess is that I'll disagree with a lot of what I read.