Are we mere sign-posts?

My year-end takeaway from reading the December 1866 issue of Spurgeon’s Sword and Trowel.

“When a minister obtains this revival he preaches very differently from his former manner. It is very hard work to preach when the head aches and when the body is languid, but it is a much harder task when the soul is unfeeling and lifeless. It is sad, sad work—painfully, dolorously, horribly sad, but saddest of all if we do not feel it to be sad, if we can go on preaching and remain careless concerning the truths we preach, indifferent as to whether men are saved or lost! May God deliver every minister from abiding in such a state! Can there be a more wretched object than a man who preaches in God’s name truths which he does not feel, and which he is conscious have never impressed his own heart? To be a mere sign-post, pointing out the road but never moving in it, is a lot against which every tame heart may plead night and day.” (Emphasis mine.)

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My birthday’s coming up. It’s quite funny how people measure their age as they get older. No, I’m not talking about the number of years per se. I’m talking about how they relate their age to some other numbered everyday object. I’ve heard people going into their thirtieth year saying, “At least I’m still in

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This is how somebody somewhere feels today.

the calendar.” (Thirtieth birthday, thirty-or-so days in a month. Get it?) People who reach forty are happy that they’re still “in the thermometer” (Celsius, not Fahrenheit.) I wonder what people reaching their fifties and sixties say? Key in Hawaii-Five-O theme music.

I say to myself: I’m not as young (and naive) as I used to be but I’m not as old as I could be. I have the best of both worlds. To those celebrating their birthday, welcome the first day of the rest of your life.

(Filed under: YOLO.)

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My wife and I last Saturday took a break from our housecleaning to visit a mall-based chiropractor clinic. The cost of getting basic treatment was a bit out of our budget so we didn’t push through. I did so want to get my joints “cracked.” The folks at the clinic were kind enough to inform us that they do basic “cracking” but I would need to have a medical certificate from a certified practitioner for the more complicated stuff. For the record, “cracking” is the term I use for chiropractic adjustment, as seen in this video.

(Filed under: I’m Willing to Try Something New.)

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I got some new books, or rather, I’m staring at some books which I either purchased or received as gifts from within the last six months. While I look forward to reading them—I’ve been looking forward for six months, with at least one of the book—my main concern right now is where to put them!

A partial list of the books:

  1. The World of the New Testament by Green and McDonald (editors). This one I’ve had longer than the other books I’ve been talking about. I’ve speed-read through most of it and now the time has come for me to sit down and
    seriously engage the authors. Quick note for my readers: If you want to sound intelligent (if you aren’t already), do not say, “I’ve read this-and-that by so-and so.” Instead say: “In my latest conversation with so-and-so…” even if you never really had an actual conversation. On a serious note, it is expected that one should actively read a book by asking critical questions while reading. It takes some getting used to but it is definitely worth it. Of course some books make up the exception…
  2. Systematic Theology, Volumes I & II, by Douglas Kelley. I’m still waiting for Volume III but seeing as I have barely touched beyond twelve pages of Volume I, I’m glad III’s not out yet.
  3. Neighboring Faiths: A Christian Introduction to World Religions (2nd ed.) by Winfried Corduan. I rarely get to visit Dr. Corduan’s website but when I do, I always find his writings interesting and satisfying to read. (Here’s an example.) I had the old version of Neighboring Faiths but convinced myself to get the second volume.

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    This is my DJ look. Maybe I have a radio career in my not-so-immediate future? (Headphones courtesy of my Beloved M.
  4. The Westminster Collection of Christian Meditations by Ward and Wild.
  5. Biblical Counseling and the Church by Kelleman and Carson. I’m way too behind on this particular volume. Sad.
  6. Classical Islam by G.E. von Grunebaum.
  7. 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About World War II by Frank E. Vandiver. A non-theology book. I like history and I enjoy war history. Like I enjoy a good horror story or two.

(Filed under: So Many Books, So Little Time.)

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If you haven’t seen Disney’s The Lion King, go watch it. Here’s a preview.

What’s New? Mostly, Same Old, Same Old

A lot has happened since I last updated the information on this website. I’ve also gotten some comments that I haven’t been “home” for the past, well….months. The answer is simple: I’ve been busy. Busy with a lot of what’s been happening since I last updated… You know what I mean.

I am writing this in the middle of the afternoon on a very typical Thursday. Here is a rundown of what’s been happening (and yes, that’s the last time I use those particular words in this post):

Work: I still work at the same place. I teach theology courses at an esteemed Bible college and while the work load didn’t actually get bigger, I find myself struggling more and more to be as happy as I was in my first year here. Please don’t

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I am not this guy. No, I’m not.

get me wrong. The problem is with me and not with the institution. We know that no institution is perfect but the reason behind my increasing doldrums is that I have not elevated myself on a professional level. Perhaps teaching the same thing over and over may make you so used to the subject that there is little reason to level up. One temptation for teachers, in a general sense, is knowing that they will always be more knowledgeable than their students. It is so easy to give in to that temptation and not want to improve. (My beloved M continues to remind me, ever so lovingly, to finally take my PhD studies. I think it’s time I started listening more intently.)

 

Ministry: I have been ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the church where I minister. I will be forever thankful for the vote of confidence from the leaders and members of that small congregation. The church work comes with its share of challenges, like any ministry, and I can say that I don’t feel any doldrums with ministry as I do (even a little) with work.

Personal: I have just recently come from a vacation-cruise, supported by the kindness of my in-laws. The cruise had a lot of hits and misses but for the most part was satisfactory. If the reasoning for a vacation was just to “get away from it all,” then the cruise did help me get away from it all. One particular miss is related to the on-board food. My beloved M would agree that, while  we enjoyed a particular dish here and there, we never had a meal on the ship wherein we enjoyed the meal itself.

Another miss would be the lack of anything much to do on board. Or maybe that is the purpose of a cruise–you ride the ship to get somewhere where activities abound. Even the library was a bit disappointing.

The two stopovers were pretty good. The one at the Land of the Rising Sun beats the one at the Land…with no nicknames according to this website. But overall, the stops were enjoyable. Visiting a new culture or country is always an eye-opening adventure. And always a chance for a little shopping.

To go full circle, perhaps I really do need to level up. Stay tuned.

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