Sunday, January 25, 2015

Getting Ready To Board For Lima

Riding The Train In ATL

All Aboard To ATL

Lesly Is Relaxin'

In The Terminal

Great Commission Shuttle Service

Beautiful Wife, Check!

Bags, Check!

New Testament, Check!

Getting Ready To Walk Out The Door

Viewing Some Of Harry Sturtz's Personal Resources

While I was up on the Lancaster campus last week, I got to view some of Harry Sturtz's personal resources. My friend Jerry brought them to the TLC so that I could take a look. The really cool one was seeing Sturtz's personal copy of Hoskier's two-volume work on Revelation, including personal notes inside. Thanks, Jerry, for bringing them all to campus. Very cool!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Getting Ready

Lesly and I are getting ready to head out tomorrow. We are packing bags, grabbing some extra things from the store, and tidying up the house. This time tomorrow we will getting ready to board our plane. I'm super excited. This opportunity from the Lord is such a blessing. I'm looking forward to meeting the ones God has in this course, and, most importantly, seeing this study bear eternal fruit in their lives and ministries. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thank The Lord, I Get To Teach

I'm thankful to be serving here at Capital Seminary and Graduate School. I sent this letter off to someone earlier today.
"Thank you for your prayers. We have a big God. I’m committed to getting to that finish line taking deep breaths knowing I ran the race, not walked it. William Carey said, 'Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.' Those words echo in my mind all the time. I want to make a huge impact on this world for Christ through all of the strength and opportunities that he gives me. I’m so glad that I’m at a school that thinks the same way. Big God. Big goals.
Who would have ever guessed that I would be able to do what I’m doing right now? I’m still blown away. I spent four hours on the phone today walking with my BIB516 students through their exegesis of their New Testament passage—working through word studies, syntactical issues, textual issues, historical issues, and using Logos to do it all, etc. Having the blended model affords this special individualized time like a traditional approach could never do. The students see the difference. The comments that I am receiving from the students are so encouraging, last session and this session especially. One of them told me today, 'I’ve never had a professor do what you just did with me.' They love it. Add on to that the superb advising session I had today and the faculty interview for admission into our program, and this day couldn’t get any better. And then to think that I’ll be flying down to South America to train a group of pastors and church planters, one week in Lima and one week in Cusco! I mean, seriously? Is this for real? God’s so good. This is my life. This is what I get to do, and I can’t believe it. When I get back from Lima and Cusco, I start up BIB515 with the Springfield students, and we get to go to the Library of Congress again. That can only happen in the Capital! I got an email the other day from a student that went on the last LoC trip. He’s still talking about that experience. Believe me, I am too.
I say all of that just to say this: I love what I get to do. And I love where I get to do it. God is blessing every single direction I look. Left and right I can see his hand all over my life, and that feels so, so, so good. Why you took a 'risk' on a young guy like me, only the Lord knows. But I hope you never forget just how thankful I am to the Lord that you did."

Análisis Esquemático De Filipenses

My diagrammatical analysis of Philippians is now available in Spanish. Well, the only thing that is really in Spanish is the outline (which comes from Dave Black's discourse analysis), nonetheless it's in Spanish. I'll be carrying this down to our students at SEL. I've got color copies made for each student. Tomorrow I'll finish my final edits on the "Student Notebook" that I've put together so that students can write alongside the Greek as we work through the text. If you want the download in Spanish, you can get it here.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Los Diez Pasos De La Exégesis

My little handout on the steps of exegesis is now available in Spanish online. The Spanish title is "Los diez pasos de la exégesis." If you'd like to download a copy of it or view it in PDF format, you can do so here. Here are pictures of the first couple of pages.

Teaching In Lima And Cusco

I leave Sunday to teach in Peru for a couple of weeks. I can't wait. I'll be teaching one week in Lima and one week in Cusco. Will you pray with me for this trip? I'd be super grateful if you'll be my Peru prayer partners from January 25 to Feb 12. Thanks, y'all.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Want Your Life Changed Forever?

If you are looking for a school that has a long history of equipping servant-leaders with the tools that they need for a lifetime of ministry, consider Lancaster Bible College and Capital Seminary and Graduate School. Here's a school that has embraced technology to the fullest and leverages it for the sake of the gospel. Lancaster and Capital want to see your life changed forever! We're more than a school. We're partners in your life and ministry!

Visiting With Friends On Campus

Today our faculty meeting was up in Lancaster, PA. One of the highlights is always catching up with friends and colleagues. Here I am hanging out with Pastor Nichols in our dining hall at lunch. This brother has one amazing heart for the Lord. He wants to see lives changed by the Gospel. Just seeing him on campus today encouraged me so much. We have an amazing God, one for whom we should attempt great things! This guy is doing it. He's busy in the work of the gospel, and that's contagious.

A Gift From My Friend Jerry

My friend Jerry Lincoln gave me a wax tablet somewhat similar to what would have been used in the first century. He made it himself. It's really cool. When I got an email from him this morning telling me to swing by his office because he wanted to give me an "ancient Thinkpad," I couldn't figure out what in the world he was talking about. Then he gave this to me! Very cool. Jerry and I share a deep affection for all things related to the Greek New Testament. And Jerry is one amazing resource here at Lancaster and Capital. He knows his stuff, and I've been really thankful to get to know him the last year and a half. Thanks, Jerry!

Praying As A Faculty

Gary Bredfeldt Sharing About Uganda

Our dean Gary Bredfeldt was just in Uganda with our President. He's given us an amazing update about his trip. So thankful for our leadership and their commitment to the Great Commission.

Sitting With The New Testament Guys

Monday, January 19, 2015

Heading Up To Lancaster Tomorrow

We have a faculty meeting up in Lancaster tomorrow. I'll be leaving super early in order to beat the DC/MD traffic. I'd rather get up there early and coast the whole way up than get there on time and pump the brake the whole way. I'm looking forward to the faculty meeting. This will be our first one up on the Lancaster campus. It'll be great to see everyone and catch up on all the things going on in the Seminary. Besides the faculty meeting, I can't wait to see my friend Jerry. He is bringing some Harry Sturtz resources to show me! Should be cool!

Gearing Up For Peru

At this time next week I'll be teaching a Greek exegesis course down in Lima, Peru. I can't wait. Today I went through and translated my resource "The Ten Exegetical Steps." Once it gets the green light I'll post the Spanish version on the website. I've found this little handout extremely helpful in my Greek classes. It's short, free, and helps me not go off on too many tangents. More than that, though, it gets us thinking about how Greek really matters when it comes to our exegesis of the New Testament. Want to see the English version? All you have to do is click here

Daniel Sanchez's Endorsement For Dave Black's Greek Grammar In Spanish

Daniel Sanchez, Professor of Missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, just sent along this wonderful recommendation for David Alan Black's Aprenda a leer el griego del Nuevo Testamento:
"Aprender a leer el griego del Nuevo Testamento tiene características significativas que tienen el propósito de ayudar al hispano parlante a aprender este idioma en la forma más fácil posible. El autor utiliza una metodología de aprendizaje actualizada. La forma progresiva en la cual se presentan los temas, las explicaciones sencillas, las ilustraciones que toman en cuenta el contexto hispano y los ejercicios prácticos ayudan al alumno a enfrentar confiadamente el desafío de aprender este idioma que es esencial para comprender claramente y explicar correctamente el mensaje de Dios en el Nuevo Testamento."
 What a blessing to see these endorsements coming in! Thank you, Daniel.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Read Henry Neufeld's Post On Textual Criticism

Henry Neufeld has a post on textual criticism over at his blog. Easy to read, and well worth the read too! Check it out.

BIB516 In Lancaster

Well, I'm back in MD, completely rested up and hanging out with my bride. This afternoon I took her to see American Sniper, the new Clint Eastwood-directed bio. It was exceptional. It feels good to be back home. Definitely. But I had an absolutely wonderful time up in Lancaster with four very sharp students. I keep asking myself, "Hey, is this some sort of dream or something? Do you really get to teach Greek?" It's a privilege and an honor to serve at Lancaster and Capital. What a blessing this is in my life.

This week didn't let me down. God was at work in our classroom. There's always lots to cover. Always. There's always more to cover than we have time to spend together. Always. But God never fails. He always maximizes our time together. He knows where we need to go, what we need to cover, and what we need to focus on. He knows all of our hearts and he has this amazing way of leading and guiding us in the classroom so that we can cover so much more than Greek. We had a moment to chat with Dave Black as a class yesterday. I mean really, how many classes get to talk with the author of their textbook on the phone in class? Not many. One of the things he said stood out. "Greek's not everything." I think that was a resounding message over our two days together in class. There's something more important than Greek. That's not to say that Greek's not important. It is. But it's not the most important thing–not by a long shot!

At the end of the day, only two things matter after a class like this. First, will we be obedient to all that comes to the surface as we pan God's Word for it's precious metals? It's all in vain if we fail to surrender to how it tells us to live. Second, will we use all that's been entrusted to us? There will be an account. To whom much is given, much really is required. There are people all over the world who would give anything for the two days we just had . . . for the six weeks we're sharing together. They'd walk miles, they'd sacrifice lots. Will these students put what they've learned to use, and that includes continuing to grow in their study of the Greek language? That's my prayer. Lord, use all of this in their lives. Maximize their lives for the sake of the gospel. On every gospel-driven endeavor they make for the rest of their lives, I pray with all of my heart that they'll pack and carry with them all that's been entrusted to them in and through this class. And may the ones they serve–some they don't even know yet–have their walks radically deepened and enriched through their ministries as a result.