Sunday, August 28, 2016

Win A Free Copy Of Aprenda A Leer El Griego Del Nuevo Testamento

Would you like a copy (print edition) of Aprenda a leer el griego del Nuevo Testamento by David Alan Black? If so, just write a comment to this post answering this question: Do you think pastors or teachers should mention Greek words when they teach? Why or why not? As long as you provide an answer to the question, you'll be among the names that I put in the hat and select at the end of the day Wednesday. Be sure to include your name in the comment. If you're the winner, I'll write you a comment back and tell you to send me an email with your name and mailing address. Maybe you want a copy for yourself, or maybe you know someone who speaks Spanish that would benefit from this book. Either way is fine. And your answers can be in Spanish or English. Feel free to share the link (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

By the way, ALGNT has finally moved into the "under development" stage with Logos Bible Software (see here). I'm not entirely sure when it's going to be available, but hopefully very soon. It will definitely be a huge resource for an already amazing Bible software.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Discussing The Pastors Discipleship Network

I was up in Lancaster again today for a Pastors Discipleship Network (PDN) meeting. As many of you know I have the privilege of teaching a hermeneutics course for our students in Uganda. This is a really amazing partnership that Lancaster|Capital has with PDN and its president Richmond (a Ph.D. in Leadership student here at LBC). Today all of the faculty involved in teaching in the program met together with a couple of the board members and a few of our administrators to discuss this partnership and get to know a very strategic individual that has just recently joined the team, that is Rob Blanks. Rob joined the team in July as the partnership liaison and as an assistant professor. He actually just returned from Uganda, where he was serving getting his boots on the ground and meeting with our students. It was a pleasure to meet him today and to hear his heart for bringing theological education to a part of the world that desperately wants it. Rob actually served the Lord for a number of years in Mozambique with World Vision. He's got the vision and he's definitely got the passion. So glad he's on the team and thankful to the Lord for bringing him here to serve with us. This partnership is critical. Lives are being changed. Ministries are being enriched and God's servants in Uganda are being equipped with some really great skills and training. We want to see men and women equipped with the tools that are going to enrich their ministries for a lifetime of effective Christian service.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DNA Day And Faculty Meeting Up In Lancaster

Lesly and I landed in Baltimore in the early hours of Monday morning. By the time we got home and got situated it was time to head up to Lancaster, PA for our annual DNA Day held on Monday and faculty meeting on Tuesday. There's something really special about getting to connect with all of the faculty. Yesterday, for example, I got to sit beside Tim Sidebothom in our Worship and Performing Arts department. Days like this give us the opportunity to spend a little bit of time with those that we don't normally get to catch up with. There's also something very special about listening to our president as he directs our minds and hearts to the year ahead. We have a theme verse each year at Lancaster|Capital. This verse focuses our minds and hearts and really sets the tone for each of us. Ours this year is John 15:4 and our president challenged us to do everything to abide in Christ. Priceless. My mind is now focused on this verse and its context. I've resolved to think about this verse every single day over the coming school year.

Yesterday we met as a faculty and were instructed by Bruce Lockerbie on biblical integration. Thinking about the importance of this subject is critical. Biblical instruction doesn't belong just under the umbrella of a Bible department. God's Word should be taught and highlighted in all subjects in all departments.

Doesn't the campus in Lancaster look absolutely beautiful?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Enjoying Honduras A Lot

One of the best parts about this trip down to Honduras is my dad's with me the whole trip. We actually flew from Atlanta to Teguc together. Wild huh? He departed from Raleigh, us from Baltimore. Somehow we were able to get the exact same flights down to Honduras . . . and sure enough the seat right beside Lesly and me was still open (same true for our flight home later this week). Lesly gave up the window seat once we approached Honduras so that my dad could look out over the Caribbean and its crystal blue waters. You can see him enjoying the view in the first pic below.

It's quite relaxing down here. I love it. Today he and I went walking downtown. We grabbed some coffee at one of my local hangouts, walked around the center of town, and just hung out. Lots of fun. Later in the afternoon we took a stroll down to see the place where I met Lesly eleven years ago––Hebron Baptist Church. Can you be thankful to a place? Hmmm. Probably not "to" a place. More like "for" a place. I'm more thankful to the Shepherd who led her and me to the same exact place at the same exact time on March 20th, 2005. See the last pic. That's Hebron.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Berenice's Big Day

There simply are no words to describe how proud we are of Berenice, Lesly's sister. She graduated from med school today. Amazing! What an accomplishment!!!! 

Hanging Out In Valle De Ángeles

We drove over to Valle de Ángeles yesterday to eat pupusas and walk around some of the craft stores. I've missed pupusas so much. Truth is there is a nice place in Maryland that we like to go to. The problem is we always forget about it when we are hungry. Anyways, the place we ate at yesterday was truly exceptional. Absolutely delicious. It's been over four years since I've been to this little town. I've definitely missed it. The temp is cool, the mountain breeze blows just right, and you truly get to relax.

Celebrating Lesly's Mom's Birthday

We are enjoying Honduras this week. We flew into Teguc on Wednesday (after the worst experience with Delta I've ever had). Wednesday was also Lesly's mom's birthday so it was really an awesome day to fly in and celebrate. We took the family out to a Mexican restaurant in the evening. The food couldn't have been better!!! 

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Danger In Not Responding To The Gospel

On Sunday I taught on Matt. 13:10–17 at Riva Trace Baptist Church here in Maryland. If you're interested in listening to the message, you can do so below.