31 July 2015

This 'n' That

Last week, I was on my annual pilgrimage to Southern California. I travel there each year for my graduate classes, and each year always brings a renewed sense of awe and gratitude to the Lord for His Word, for the way He has revealed Himself through that Word, and of course, for the opportunities He has granted to me personally. This year was no exception and, as usual, I find myself still thanking Him for the much-needed break from reality and the opportunity to immerse myself in deeper study while also having the chance to fellowship with old and new friends.

As I alluded to last week, my trip was characterized by a bizarre but wonderful combination of events. It started on the airplane, when a kind stranger nearly crushed my finger helping me get my suitcase in the overhead compartment. It continued with out-of-season thunderstorms in Malibu followed by a delicious dinner with friends on Saturday evening. Sunday brought me face-to-face with John MacArthur and Steve Lawson. On Monday, classes began, and by 9:00 AM that day I knew it was going to be a good week. Between Monday and Friday my morning class wove its way from Genesis to Revelation, and my afternoon class discussed contemporary issues facing the church and society today. There were trips to the library, sojourns for frozen yogurt and sorbet (for us non-dairy diners), a noon excursion to Grace to You, dinner discussions about free will and divine sovereignty, and a few trips down memory lane. To finish the week, after so many cloudy mornings, I was finally able to enjoy a beautiful sunrise:

My time in Los Angeles officially ended by seeing a grown woman wearing a sparkly Minnie Mouse ear headband in the airport. And on the plane. And all the way down the jet bridge as we deplaned. For all I know, she may still be wearing it. I can't be sure, but I think she may have gone to Disneyland for vacation.

But by far the best part of the week were the wonderful Scriptural truths that we learned. I wish I could share with you everything that the professors poured into us, but I'm certain that few would appreciate it if I turned my 50+ pages of notes into one long, seemingly unending blog post. Of course, now I am back to reality, and reality means busy days at work and busy evenings filled with homework. I will admit, I tend to grumble when I find my schedule so full, but even this season will pass and eventually slow down. It will slow down, right? Regardless, it has been worth it.

Well, speaking of slowing down, I'm told that few things are more relaxing than pouring a cup of coffee (or tea, hot or iced) and sitting back to enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • Michelle Lesley shares some reasons why discerning women might be leaving your church.
  • Rosaria Butterfield on the SCOTUS decision.
  • Have you yanked your son out of the boy scouts yet (I hope)?
  • Funny how this happens when you handle poisonous snakes.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable (boop!).
  • Answering that age-old question: What do you do after you've been slain in the spirit?
  • Kenneth Copeland helps you figure out why your prayers aren't getting answered. Seriously? Do people really believe his garbage?
  • Looks like this issue of Credo Magazine has some interesting articles.
  • The Washington Post wonders about hipster Christianity.
  • The theonomists didn't like MacArthur's 'We Will Not Bow' sermon…so Lyndon Unger wrote this.
  • Speaking of that sermon, I linked to the audio last week, but thought it was worth posting the video here for your convenience. I had the opportunity to hear this preached live, and I hope that if you haven't listened to it already, you will:

1 comment:

  1. Mark Driscoll is not and never was Biblically qualified to be a pastor. Let him who has ears/eyes hear/see.

    Lesley's article was spot on.



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