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):

24 July 2015

This 'n' That

This picture has nothing to do with anything,
but I love its randomness.
Well, another week has come and gone. A lot has happened in the world in that time, and no doubt much has happened in your own life as well. Today marks a bittersweet day for me. I'll explain in more detail next week, but for now, let's just say that the following things have characterized the past 7 days for me: smashed finger, thunderstorms, turkey chili, fellowship, fantastic sermons, extended deadlines, biblical theology, Genesis through Revelation, sorbet, coyote, Calvinism vs. Arminianism, chauvinism, feminism, friendship, wisdom, knowledge, thankfulness.

Whew! It's been a busy few days, as I'm sure it has been for you. But Friday is finally here, the weekend is rapidly approaching, and it's time to get to the good stuff. So, without any further ado, here's your week in review (kind of):

18 July 2015

Equipping Eve: Expect the World to Act Like the World


Christians should not be surprised by the legalization of homosexual marriage in America, but how should they respond? Is this a time to call for political activism and to find oneself in despair, or is there a more biblical response to a society that continues to increase in its hostility to the things of God?

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Further Listening
Equipping Eve: Sad Church Visits
Equipping Eve: Life Verses and Labyrinths
Equipping Eve: What Is Truth?
Equipping Eve: Erasing the Grey

17 July 2015

This 'n' That

It feels like an anecdotal "fun fact"kind of day, so here are a few for your Friday.

Fun fact #1: Krispy Kreme starts making fresh batches of their original glazed donuts at 6 AM. So if you stop by at 4:45 AM, you will be stuck with last night's glazed or whatever assorted donuts they may have available. Of course, if you are needing donuts that early in the morning, you probably aren't going to be overly picky about when they were made, so long as it was sometime in the last 4 to 6 hours.

Fun fact #2: Few things are as sadistically satisfying as spraying a spider with hairspray and watching it die a slow, paralyzing death.

Fun fact #3: A mixture of warm water, apple cider vinegar, honey, and cayenne pepper may have a bit of a bite, but it will burn a sore throat and cold right out of your head.

Fun fact #4: It is Friday. That means it is time for your week in review (kind of):

10 July 2015

This 'n' That

I like to think I'm pretty strong. In fact, I am fairly strong. But when it comes right down to it, most (yes, I said most) men are stronger. This was made abundantly clear to me this week when the teenage neighbor boy helped me move a rather large, extremely heavy piece of furniture. Here he is, not even able to drive yet, and he lifted it with no problem, allowing me to lift the other end as if it were merely a light box.

What's my point? God made men and women differently. It cannot be denied, and if someone attempts to deny it, well, please don't listen to anything they say about anything else because clearly they do not live in reality. Men and women were designed to be different—to be complementary—and that's okay. And it is why attempting to usurp God's ordained design will only ever end in difficulty.

It seems so simple, really, this difference between men and women. And yet the world does not see it, or rather, lives in blissful self-imposed blindness. So what do we do? Just be faithful, Christian. Be faithful to your God and you will be blessed.

Speaking of blessing, it's that time of the week again. Time to enjoy your week in review (kind of):

04 July 2015

Equipping Eve: True Worship


Have you ever heard someone say something like, "You should visit our church, the worship is amazing!"? Usually when we hear this, the person is referring to the music and worship team, but is this the true definition of worship, or is worshiping God more than merely singing? In this episode, Erin opens the Scriptures to determine the meaning of true worship.

Click here to listen to this latest episode of Equipping Eve.

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Further Listening
Equipping Eve: Sad Church Visits
Equipping Eve: Life Verses and Labyrinths
Equipping Eve: What Is Truth?
Equipping Eve: Erasing the Grey

03 July 2015

This 'n' That

Creepiest. Ad. Ever.
Well, it's a holiday weekend here in the US. Yes, that's right, tomorrow is July 4. That means it's time for my annual anti-firework rant.

Another year has gone by and I still don't understand how so many adults are so easily amused by fireworks. Yay! Colors in the sky! Yay! Loud, booming noise! Yay! Fire! Yay! A symbol of exploding bombs and lives lost!

Um…no. Sorry, that just is not something worth getting excited about. In addition, with the Fourth of July comes the inevitable alcohol-aided "celebrations" of many. As I've said before, could there be a more terrifying combination than inebriated, stressed-out Americans and fireworks? I think not. So if you are a fan of fireworks, then I regret to inform you that we cannot be friends until July 6. Yes, I'm throwing in a couple extra days because I know the firework fanatics will be lighting their flammable goodies all weekend.

Now that my annual rant is out of the way, let's move on to the good stuff, shall we? I hope you are able to relax a little this weekend (in spite of annoying fireworks) and to help you with that, here's your round-up of your week in review (kind of):