Saturday, May 31, 2008

Four Life Goals

Several years ago, I thought about the direction I wanted my life to head, and these four simple goals fell into place. And they've stuck.

I want to be
  1. the best Christian I can be
  2. the best husband I can be
  3. the best father I can be
  4. the best pastor I can be

Friday, May 30, 2008

A Big Influence in My Life Passes Away

Yesterday morning, Mary Alice Fetter, one of my childhood Sunday School teachers, passed away. Though quiet and meek, her influence in my life was enormous.

She prayed for me daily for years, from birth into adulthood. Though I'm far from perfect, how many temptations have I been able to withstand, how many sins have I not committed, how many disasters have been averted from me, because of her prayers? How much more secular would I be now had she not prayed for me?

She taught me the Scriptures, reinforcing my parents' instruction. I am a big believer in Sunday School because of the great S. S. education I got at Eastwood Chapel under the teaching of Mary Alice and others.

In these last years she taught me by example how to respond in a godly and grace-filled manner to suffering (in her case, cancer). She always had a calm, quiet confidence in the Lord's plan. Though I would go to minister to her, she ministered far more to me.

One of God's choice gifts to me was Mary Alice.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

12 Books I've Completed This Year

  1. Under the Unpredictable Plant (Eugene Peterson)
  2. The Christian, the Arts, and Truth (Frank E. Gaebelein)
  3. A Mother's Ordeal (Steven W. Mosher)
  4. Praying with the Church (Scot McKnight)
  5. The Two Towers (J. R. R. Tolkien)
  6. Classical Music for Dummies (David Pogue & Scott Speck)
  7. The Canterbury Tales (Geoffrey Chaucer)
  8. Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far) (Dave Barry)
  9. The Valley of Vision (Arthur Bennett, ed.)
  10. Arminian Theology (Roger E. Olson)
  11. A Burnt-Out Case (Graham Greene)
  12. 1066: The Year of the Conquest (David Howarth) --audio book