Monday, April 27, 2015

LBC|Capital Facilities In Greenbelt

An Encouraging Email From Peru

I was down in Peru teaching Greek Exegesis of Philippians in January and February. I'll never forget it! And I hope, Lord-willing, that I am invited back to teach again. I received an encouraging email from one of my Peruvian students. She writes:
"Estimado hermano Thomas, recibí las notas de su curso, muchas gracias por este tiempo que estuvo con nosotros enseñándonos, he aprendido bastante y me ha motivado a volver a estudiar el griego nuevamente (ya me había olvidado), la mejor manera de recordar es enseñando, ahora estoy enseñando griego en el seminario de mi denominación, realmente las enseñanzas que hemos recibido de usted y la búsqueda de material bibliográfico en google, contribuirán bastante en la elaboración de mi tesis de maestría. muchas gracias."
There are lots of things in there. One thing jumped out. This student is now teaching Greek to another group of students in Cusco. Does it get any better than that? And she is so right! You really learn something when you teach it. What an encouraging email. I'll be praying for their students. I wonder what book they are going to use! I have a feeling Aprenda a leer el griego del Nuevo Testamento is going to play a role in that class!

To The Office

Lesly and I woke up early, got lots of work done at the apartment, and then shot over to the office. Traffic couldn't have been any better than it was. They were even painting the lines in the middle lane of the Beltway and not one tap on the brake was necessary. Here are some random pics: (1) the drive to the office, (2) my desk, and (3) looking out our office window.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Just Finished My Review Of Flemming's Book

I just finished my review of Dean Flemming's book Recovering the Full Mission of God for the Journal of Youth Ministry. Great book. It's not enough to just tell people the gospel. If you're not living the gospel, you're missing what Jesus wants from you. I'm convinced too that if people were more convinced of their identity and obedient to what that entails, they would do more and tell more.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Pretty Cool New Wetsuit

I was talking to Dave Black earlier this week. I hear he's got some surfing on the schedule. When I saw this new wetsuit made by Quicksilver, I thought, "Hey, wonder if Dave will get one?" Probably not! But if he does, it will be the coolest surfing pic ever! There ought to be a rule that sem profs can surf, but they just gotta have a wetsuit as cool as this one.

April Experience Day At LBC|Capital

We just had a wonderful experience day here in Greenbelt. Individuals interested in biblical higher education were on campus to hear and to see what things are like at Lancaster and Capital. I had the privilege of walking a great group through the biblical narrative. It was just like if they were taking the course with me. The first thing we did was get out of those "rows" and break up into groups.  . . . Picture time!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

BIB563 The New Testament Use Of The Old Testament

We just finished up two days of in-residency here in Greenbelt. Our class met to discuss the New Testament use of the Old Testament, which is an amazing study if you ever get the chance to just concentrate on it. This morning we had the privilege of having Henry Neufeld from Energion Publications join us. Henry is a friend and co-laborer in the work of the gospel. He recently published our translation of Dave Black's introductory Greek grammar. Besides joining us in class, we were able to walk around our facilities here in Greenbelt. The students enjoyed hearing about Christian publishing and his valuable insights regarding the use of the OT in portions of the Gospel of John. Henry, it's always a pleasure! Thanks for coming to see us!

Here are some pics from class yesterday and today!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Shepherds Announces The Center For Research Of Biblical Manuscripts And Inscriptions

Just read this online:
"Shepherds Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the launch of the Center for Research of Biblical Manuscripts and Inscriptions ( The mission of the center is 'to equip servant leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage in scholarly study of the manuscripts of the Greek and Hebrew Bible'; as such, it will provide students at STS with advanced teaching and research in biblical textual criticism and manuscript studies."
Read the rest here.

Back From Church

Lesly and I had a lovely time at Riva this morning. Grandma was there, as well as some of Lesly's cousins. The sermon today was exceptional. It couldn't have been any better, if you ask me. 1 Peter 3:13ff. really sends a message: We need to know the gospel and share it with others–by more than just words, but not less than words. It's quite a shame when so many of those who have been transferred out of the domain of darkness feel unprepared to share with others the message that God uses to place into the kingdom of his beloved Son. It doesn't have to be this way. The message is life; and it's power to those of us who are being saved. It hard to imagine such power being powerless in the lives of those to whom it has been given and has transformed. Let this week be a power-filled week marked by explanations and demonstrations of the cross-love of Jesus Christ. Lives change when the cross is proclaimed. It's inevitable. It really is the greatest news in the world.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Over At The Zoo Today

We've had lots and lots of fun having Lesly's grandma with us for a couple of weeks. It's hard to imagine the trip is coming to an end in just a few days. Today we went down to the National Zoo. Who can come to D.C. and not go to the Zoo, right? (And I'm not talking about the Hill!) We got to see Bao-Bao, some Elephants, some pythons, the otters, and all sorts of wild creatures. Grandma will never forget it!!!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

What Am I Looking At Right Now?

Star Wars "The Force Awakens" Speculation

I'll be there when SW comes out at Christmas time. I am waiting expectantly to see the redemption of the final three installments. (The last three that came out were pretty bad.) I watched the second trailer that was released this week. I haven't seen much of the speculation about Ford's words at the end. My own speculation: When Han says "We're home," he and Chewbaca are back on the Millennium Falcon for the first time in a long time. Home for them is the Falcon, not a planet or a place. That's my one and only participation in Star Wars speculation between now and Christmas.

A Picture From Jeff In Peru

Lesly and I were down in Peru just a couple of months ago. I was teaching Greek Exegesis of Philippians at SEL in Lima and Cusco. It was an unforgettable experience. It's hard to ease back into teaching in the United States when you're down in Latin America. Literally anything and everything you can offer a student is treasured like gold. My handout on the ten exegetical steps . . . you would have thought it was a Times bestseller. Jeff, who invited us down to teach in January and February, is back in Cusco teaching a class. He sent me a picture of it. Boy did it bring back great memories!!! I've been praying for this school, its leadership, the students, and Peru every day. Looking forward to returning.