Wednesday, January 24, 2007

What are in the two piles on my desk

I always seem to have book piles or stacks on my desk. Right now, several things are going on. We are getting ready to move, so half of my books are already packed in boxes and in a large plastic bin (we move on 2/23) I hope I do not need any of those books before then!

The other half of my books are still sitting in the bookshelf (for now) and I have two stacks on my desk. One stack is my reading stack that I try to have read in between semesters of seminary.

In that stack, I have the following books.

1)Jim Cramer's Mad Money - a Christmas gift from my infant son Joseph. Almost done reading this one.

2) Created for Community by Stanley Grenz - have not started this one yet, so it will have to wait until May.

3) Reviewing the Movies by Peter Fraser & Vernon Neal - I wanted to start this one right about the time all of the theatre debate was going on, but did not get to it. Another book that will wait until May

4) From Sabbath to Lord's Day by D.A. Carson -- I finished reading another work about the Sabbath and wanted to read this one, but again, did not get to it.

5) Mentoring Leaders by Carson Pue - started but have not completed.

6) Margin by Richard A Swenson - a great book -- about 1/3 of the way through and I started this one on Sunday night after church. This one will get finished before the semester starts next week. A great book about time and how we live. I should write a more thorough review when I finish it.

Now to the other stack to my left -- this is the stack of books for my two classes that I will be taking in seminary this semester. Remember I am only taking two classes

1) A Complete Guide to Sermon Delivery by Al Fasol

2) Putting the Truth to Work by Daniel Doriani

3) Preaching to a Postmodern World by Graham Johnston

4) The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text by Sidney Greidanus

5) The Church in God's Progam - Robert Saucy

6) Maranatha Our Lord, Come! by Renald Showers

7) Christian Theology by Millard Erickson

8) Polity by Mark Dever

Looking forward to an interesting and intellectually stimulating semester!

We are also looking forward to moving. The Lord has blessed us with a larger apartment about 9 miles north of where we are currently living. We are going to be paying $20 less a month in rent for more space. It will be nice to get done with the actual moving task itself, but I realize that there is a lot of work involved in packing and purging,etc.

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Not a good way to start off the year

Well, I must confess that I have not possessed a great deal of motivation to write here lately. I am not sure exactly why. Was it because I had so many things that I wanted to say, but could not find the time to sit down and put all of my thoughts together and compose something worth reading. Or was it because I really did not have anything to say after all.

Upcoming events

We will be moving soon (at the end of February) to a larger apartment, for cheaper rent! We are excited about having more space (161 more square feet). We will be moving about 9 miles away from where we currently are. We have enjoyed living here because of the extreme conveinence of being so close to my job, our church/seminary, etc. but now we will have to plan a little bit because we will be further away from everything.

Seminary is done for now for me. I resume classes at the end of January and I will be getting my MATBS (Master of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Biblical Studies) in May 2008 and then I will resume my MDiv studies. Hopefully I should have both degrees completed by 2010.

A friend has also talked to me about assisting him in a possible book project. I like the idea of being an author and hope that the concept for the book will be appealing to some publishing house. Some have said that all it takes is one good successful writing project that is well-received and that could possibly jump-start another career. I am hopefully optimistic that we might have an opportunity to write and publish a book, but if not, then at least we learned something about the process!

Since I seem to have "writer's block" -- anyone want to suggest a topic for my next post?
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