Thursday, May 28, 2015

Read Rick Boxx's Essay On Apprentices and Mentoring

Rick Boxx has an excellent piece called "Mentoring Fully Trained 'Apprentices.'" I can't recommend it highly enough. In the first pages of my book on Luke 6:40 (Luke 6:40 and the Theme of Likeness Education in the New Testament), I discuss the translation of μαθητής a little. "Apprentice," "trainee," or "intern" really captures what Jesus is talking about much better, in my opinion, than the translation "disciple." If we were living in a galaxy far, far away, then maybe the word "disciple" would click with people. But we don't live in such a galaxy. We are here in ours, and people outside the church somehow get a better idea of what it means to be training others than we have inside our churches.

Please check out Rick's post. Ask yourselves, "how can this better help me understand what Jesus intended, say, in the Great Commission?" I think Jesus expects more of us than just inviting people to church or getting people into a Sunday school class. I think he expects each one of us to step up and train others to serve Jesus.

By the way, it was a group of men at CBMC who prayed for me each day, each week, for over two years. I was on their "Top Ten" list, and it was a CBMCer who eventually bailed me out of jail, invited me to his home, shared the gospel with me, taught me the Scriptures, and trained me to train others.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What Do I Like To Listen To While I Work?

I like to plug in my earphones and listen to some good tunes while I work. Crazy sounding, I bet. But the music actually helps me focus and get more work done, probably because I'm less susceptible to interruptions. The Counting Crows are on my music list. So is Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Sister Hazel, Matt Redman, David Crowder, Chris Tomlin, just to name a few.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Poll On Textual Criticism

Hey, everyone. If you're interested in textual criticism, be sure you go check out the poll at ETC. You can get to it by clicking here. The question: What's the goal of textual criticism?

Some Encouraging Notes From The Youth

The youth at Faithful Life Church sent us some thoughtful and encouraging notes from the retreat this past weekend. I'm encouraged!!!!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Speaking To The Youth

One of the high-school students wrote me this before we left the retreat this weekend:
"I would like to express how thankful I am to God that through his grace he has allowed me to listen to his word through your messages. Even though I knew that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins, the heavy weight has never rested upon my heart like it has this weekend. I want other individuals to understand why the death of Christ is so important. . . . I will never forget this retreat." 
That letter, handwritten by the way, blessed me so much. So thankful for encouraging notes. Now I'm praying for eternal fruit. What matters most is whether or not we place our lives in his hands and allow him to do extraordinary things through our humble acts of obedience and service. He will, if we will. He has a 100% track record of doing great and mighty things through his servants. I can promise you that.

Back From A Retreat

Lesly and I were gone all weekend. We had the privilege of joining a group of believers for a retreat just north of Richmond. Peter, our host, is one of my students at Capital Seminary and Graduate School. I've had him for The Gospel of Mark, Beginning Greek for Ministry, and now the present Greek course that I'm teaching. It's a blessing to have these gospel-centered relationships. At the retreat, we focused on the significance of the gospel. What did Jesus accomplish for us on the cross? I wouldn't trade this past weekend for anything (and not because the Korean food was spectacular!). Below are a few pictures with Peter, Lesly, and myself.

Peter, thank you for the invitation. I hope our time together bears eternal fruit and lives are changed for the sake of the gospel. There really is nothing like living for the Great Commission!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Got The Greek On The Big Screen

I've got the Greek on the big screen. I'm working through GA141 right now, currently in Matthew 21. You'd think having it on the big screen would be amazing. Truth is it's actually a little more difficult for me. I think I'm used to my workspace in the office. I have my screens set up and my head looks straight into the screen. In this set up, I'm having to look up a little. I'll get through Matthew 21 and then close up shop until Tuesday . . . or, at least, I'll try.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Our Hotel Is Booked In Córdoba

Lesly and I will be traveling over to Spain for the EABS conference in July. We just booked our hotel in Córdoba. What a beautiful city that is rich in history. I can't wait to walk its streets, visit the Roman temple, the Roman bridge, the synagogue, etc. What makes it such an exciting upcoming trip is my bride will be right there with me. I'm planning lots of fun dates. There's nothing like having breakfast or catching a sunset in Spain with Lesly!!!!