As I do a review of my study notebook for last year, I notice that right in the middle of February I began reflecting upon and praying for a year of responsibility and simplicity. I expressed desire to hear, to know, and to be obedient to the voice of God. I also trusted that God would provide opportunity for me to grow in and express missional discipleship. God surely was faithful, never in ways that I expect, though. It was a year to trial and error, a year of being content with things when they didn’t work, got cancelled, or didn’t go as planned. It was a year to test the spirit and forge character, to which Stephen Covey says, “The extent to which we exercise and develop these endowments empowers us to fulfil our uniquely human potential”, in his Daily Reflections For Highly Effective People (which I use for daily Common Prayer).
In June 2020, I wrote “Keep going and growing”, as a personal encouragement and exhortation.
What I aim to do with the remainder of this write up is highlight studies that edified me though this past year, in some cases I will offer wisdom received, and in others I will just provide resource links for you to review at your own leisure.
- Heaven & Earth article by N. T. Wright – Bible Study Magazine (2/7/20)
N.T. Wright highlighted the value of ‘audience relevance’ in this article, saying, “So that’s the crucial thing – to get people understanding that (1st century Jewish) history and then taking it forward from there…so that when they hear a saying of Jesus , they are instantly and automatically thinking, “How is that being heard in AD 30, and what would Jesus have intended by it when He actually said it?”…which is totally different, quite often, from what you get if you don’t do that particular bit of research”. In talking about “heaven and earth”, he went on to say, “And the more I study different bits of the Bible, not least the whole theology of the Temple, the more sense it makes…”.
- President Trump’s State of the Union (2/9/20)
I surely appreciate President Trump’s asserting that “In America, we do not punish prayer. We do not tear down crosses. We do not ban symbols of faith. We do not muzzle preachers and pastors. In America, we celebrate faith. We cherish religion. We lift our voices in prayer, and we raise our sights to the glory of God”. In more recent weeks, as we rang the bells and police officers showed up, this statement has been on my mind.
- John Maxwell’s – Leading Through Crisis (3/23/20)
This was a timely and encouraging online conference (which I am pretty sure can still be found on YouTube), in which Dr. John Maxwell encouraged each of us that, “The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda” and that “A crisis will make you do things you wouldn’t do if there was not a crisis”.
- Book: Saving the Bible From Ourselves by Glenn R. Paauw (3/31/20)
- Book: Hearts of Fire by Voice of the Martyrs (5/15/20)
- Book: Leadershift by John Maxwell
- Don Preston/ Sam Frost Debate
- Turbenville/ Gibbs Debate
- Graham/ Holloway Debate (s)
- Miano/Date Debate
- Israel/Holloway Debate
- Review & Redeem – Preterist Conference
- PPW 2020 – The Book of Revelation
Day 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvMlLcfXIc0
Day 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWS3MLv5I58
Day 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q5iH9cu3Qc
- Book: Double Blessings by Mark Batterson
- “Feasts of The Lord” – Preterist Power Hour Sessions
(Facebook Live/ Youtube – The Power of Preterism Network)
- NCMI Live podcasts
(YouTube – NCMI Live)
Here are the topical blogs I wrote this year:
Discussing The Glorified Body
Devotional – Erecting Altars
Romans 1 – Summary
Covenant Creation As a Kingdom Foundation