Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
- Seminary is not a requirement for ministry...you can be used immensely without ever going to seminary. People who say otherwise are arrogant, a seminary recruiter, or just dumb. Seminary is a useful tool for equipping a person for ministry...NOT A REQUIREMENT.
- It is physically impossible to read everything that is assigned....that might be a slight exaggeration
- It pays off to get to know professors...I know I should have learned this in undergrad, oops. It was amazing to hear some of the professors stories and experiences. If anyone knows Dr. Horrell, ask him about his time in Brazil...it will blow your mind.
- Have a life outside of seminary. Don't let seminary become your life...I had to learn this from experience. I learned more when I enjoyed the other parts of my life.
- Be involved in ministry during seminary. Studying theology is great. But understanding how that knowledge of theology actually plays out in life is even better.
- Take Horrell for Trinitarianism
- Ask lots of questions. It is easy to take everything being taught as "gospel"...ask questions and engage.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!
Thro' many dangers, toils and snare,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall profess, within the vail,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be for ever mine.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
A Man’s Guide to Mysteries
1. Harlan Coben (stand alones)
…Tell No One, Just One Look, The Woods
The current King of suspense…bar none. Coben has already claims the top 2 spots on my list because he is just that good. I would argue that he is among the best to ever master this genre. His books beautifully weave epic suspense, brilliant humor, dry sarcasm, and fun into a wild ride. If you have never read Coben…I only have one question…why not? His absolute best is Tell No One…check it out and I promise that you will be amazed.
2. Harlan Coben (Myron Bolitar Series)
…Drop Shot, Fade Away, Back Spin
Really anything that Harlan Coben writes is gold and the Myron Bolitar series is no exception. This is where Coben started and there are some genuine gems. The main character, Myron Bolitar, is an arrogant sports agent who winds up in some very interesting (…to say the least) situations. The books are funny, great for guys (…honestly, Coben transcends all gender gaps), and keep you guessing the entire time.
3. Vince Flynn (Mitch Rapp Series)
…Transfer of Power, Separation of Power, The Third Option
This is the author that ignited the spark and made me love to read again after I rebelled against my mom (…yeah, I was a wild child and rebelled by saying that I hated to read…yeah, I’m a dork) in junior high. Flynn’s run of masterpieces are built around the character of Mitch Rapp. Rapp is a CIA assassin that must protect America by taking the war on terrorism right to the terrorists and it makes for an exciting thrill ride.
Plus, he is the creative consultant for the tv show, 24...maybe you have heard of it. And I say this with the most respect to Jack Bauer but Mitch Rapp would kick the crap out of him.
4. Brad Thor (Scott Harvath Series)
…Lions of Lucerne, Path of the Assasin, Blowback
Cast from a similar mold as Vince Flynn, Thor builds his books around Secret Service agent Scott Harvath. Harvath has killed his share of terrotists…just with his own unique flair. Plus, the author’s name is Thor…that guarantees that it is going to be great for guys.
5. Old School John Grisham
…The Firm, A Time to Kill, Pelican Brief and The Partner
Let me first say that I really am not a big fan of Grisham’s newer stuff. Its good but nowhere near where it was when he first defined the genre of legal thriller. Basically, he “jumped the shark” with some of his random recent stuff and hasn’t been able to recapture the magic of The Firm, A Time to Kill, The Partner, or The Pelican Brief. I highly recommend Grisham and I promise that he will keep you engaged and thinking until the very last page. His new stuff is good but his old stuff is phenomenal.
Thats my thoughts...check back soon for more recommendations.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
To all of my faithful readers...all 3 of you...