Thursday, August 28, 2014

Free Online Greek Parser

Have you seen this resource online? All you have to do is (1) type in the verse you want to look at, hover over the Greek word you want to parse, and then (3) look below to find the parsing information (minus the lexical source) highlighted.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gearing Up For BIB515!

Our students are gearing up for BIB515, which officially launches on Monday. I've got students up in Lancaster, PA and Greenbelt, MD. Today I spent the afternoon reaching out to all of my students. I like to give them a call and personally welcome them to the class. You should really hear the surprise in students' voices when they realize their professor is just calling to say "Hi!" and check in on them. At first they think something might be wrong. After all, why would the prof be calling?! But every single one of these phone calls is a divine appointment. I get to encourage them. I get to remind them that this Greek course is part of the πάντα in Phil. 4:13. In essence, this course will be hard work . . . but they can do it, if they rely on God's strength and not their own. (You still sweat, and sometimes bleed, when you're relying on God's strength.)

All of our students are excited to be getting their copies of Logos Bible software. Our copy of David Alan Black's book is built into a school's Logos package. Add to that, every single one of our students will have numerous Greek language resources and tools. Multiple lexica, Greek grammars, vocabulary helps, etc. It is a great day to be a student at Capital Seminary and Graduate School. By the way, one exciting thing about Capital is every single one of our courses is incorporating Logos into its curriculum. That's right! Very cool!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BIB530 Finished On Sunday

I've gotten some emails from my prayer warriors asking how the Gospel of Mark class went. I'd say it was a success. But my vantage point is only one perspective. I suppose there are two perspectives that matter a great deal more than mine–the students' and, most important, the Lord's. Teaching is a great joy. Coming alongside brothers and sisters in Christ and showing them how to study the Word of God in a way that will make them better expositors for the rest of their lives is awesome. I love it! This course didn't disappoint.

I remember taking Bob Thomas' Life of Christ course at The Master's Seminary. My life was really forever changed. Between that class and the influence of Dave Farnell and Ray Mehringer in my life, I was resolved to read the Gospels daily in my walk with the Lord. If Jesus is the one into whose image we are being conformed, I want to know what he looks like. And we can see him outside of the Gospels, no doubt (Adam and Eve saw him; Abraham saw him; Moses saw him; Isaiah saw him; etc.). But the Gospels really show us the clearest picture of the life and character that he wants all of us to have.

I love seeing the value that Jesus places on one individual. Mark 5 is a perfect example. Jesus goes from one side of the Sea of Galilee for one single individual. Isn't that amazing? We see Jesus' love for the Syrophoenician woman and her daughter. As busy and as tired and as focused as Jesus was during his ministry, he didn't shoo away the "little people," like you and me. Oh Jesus had such a deep compassion for people. He was willing to expend his entire life for people's salvation. He gave it all, even before going to the cross. Everyday he was giving everything he had in ministry and service to others. My life was changed. If you want to see the Lord Jesus Christ this side of heaven, if you want to know what it looks like to be like Christ, do what I did seven years ago–Make a commitment to read and pray through the Gospels every single day of your life. You will never regret it!

You gotta see this text exchange I had this afternoon with one of the prayer warriors! Look at the first one.

Now, look at the reminder he sent me afterwards. Priceless!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Just Got Another Present In The Mail

I'm getting presents left and right in the mail it seems. Last week my dad sent me a father-son figurine  that really meant a lot to me. Today, I got a package from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. What was inside? Well, Dr. Black sent me his copy of Augustinus Merk's Novum Testamentum: Graece et Latine! This will come in super handy while I'm working on my research on the Complutensian New Testament! Thanks for sending it to me, brother! Here I am checking out this fine codex.

Off To The Office

Lesly and I are getting ready to the head to the office. It's hard to imagine that she's not been there for the last two weeks. What a vacation! I know her friends are looking forward to seeing her. And I bet there is plenty of work waiting just inside the door (hahahhaha). We're getting back into the swing of things.

You know, I'm nowhere near as productive in my life when Lesly is out of town. I remember before I got married how people used to talk about married life. It was as if once you get married, there wouldn't be time to get all the things done that you could when you were single. I found that to be a myth. I think marriage has made me much, much more productive. Lesly agrees.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

She Is Home!

I picked Lesly up at 12:30 last night. It took about forty minutes to get her luggage, and then we made our way home. I am one happy guy. This afternoon I took my babe out for lunch. I just wanted to hear all the stories! Lesly didn't disappoint. She had an awesome trip. 

Since I was living on the bachelor's diet the last few weeks, there is nothing of sustenance at the apartment. So, Lesly is inside Wegmans right now replenishing our supplies. 

Last night was the first time that I picked someone up from BWI at night. Just an FYI, if you want to surprise them, go straight to baggage claim. They go through some secret cave to get there I guess.

Alright, well, thank you all for your prayers. She's home and I'm happy. Now I'm off to enjoy the rest if the day, which by the way is beautiful this Sunday!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Lesly's En Route!

I've been watching the flight tracker all day. She's almost home, folks! I can't wait.

Read "Why Come To Church If I Can Watch It Online?"

I found a recent post by a pastor named Robby Bradford this evening. It's called "Why Come to Church if I Can Watch it Online?" I'm all for leveraging technology for the sake of the gospel. Robby makes some great points for why online cannot replace physically present without the assistance of a digital medium. No more gathering together? Can we really have community, life-on-life relationships, as God intended through an online format? It might be easier. It might be risk-free. It might reduce conflict. It might save gas money. But it misses the mark in my opinion.

The Way They Train Outside The Church

This week I went over to Kilwins to get a chocolate milkshake. Kilwins has the best ice-cream by the way. If you haven't been to one, it's definitely a must try (although, I really wish the price was not as astronomical as it is).

After I placed my order, I couldn't help but notice what was going on. The person who took my order was actually training two other girls on how to serve Kilwins customers. They were in observation mode. The person who was training them went a little slower and explained everything as they went along. And as she was showing them how to make the perfect milkshake, she pointed out things to be careful of, hard-knock lessons that she hoped would help the new girls be successful in the future.

Here's something I would like you to think about. Why do we think that training takes place almost exclusively inside a classroom when it comes to living the Christian life? Why do we tend to give people a book and send them on their way? If we want someone to know how to evangelize, for example, we bring them into a classroom, give them some notes, have them read a book, maybe watch some videos (e.g., The Way of the Master), etc.

Training for ministry is supposed to be more like what I witnessed at Kilwins this week. It's supposed to be grounded in action more than in dictation. We need to realize that we learn while we are doing something. And, in my opinion, that learning happens more so than when we are simply hearing about it.

I haven't taught a class at Capital on evangelism. I haven't taught a class on evangelism at my local church. But I think I've taught people how to share the gospel over the last year. I think I've showed them just how easy it is to move a conversation from matters of everyday life to the issue of eternal life. I think I've showed my friends what it looks like to be God's ambassadors. I didn't have to hit pause in my life to teach people how to share the gospel. I just brought people along with me to share the gospel, or I shared the gospel with people while I was spending time with different individuals. Then afterwards, we talked about sharing the gospel. Training for ministry works best when it happens "along the journey."

Bumping Into A Former Student

Last night I was grabbing some dinner and bumped into a former student. What a fun time to catch up and see what the Lord is doing with one of our graduates (Tam graduated in May).

Friday, August 22, 2014

Lesly's Last Night In Teguc

It's almost 9 o'clock in Teguc right now. Lesly is probably working on her luggage, getting ready for tomorrow's trek back to the United States of America. I absolutely can't wait to see her. I even have some plans for Sunday (but that's a surprise). Shhhh. Don't tell. Just think . . . Tomorrow night I will be with my baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!