Today I started my first book. I've often been stimulated by the line in 2 Timothy 4 where Paul says, "Do the work of an evangelist." I'd like to unpack that statement and give a sound exposition on an evangelist's office, powers, and duties.
I don't want it to be a bunch of esoteric stuff (like debating whether or not the office of evangelist was to be perpetual or not). My intent is to provide something practical, perhaps aiming at the college age guy who might be interested in evangelistic work.
This is by no means something that will be hitting bookstores in the near future. I'm sure it will be a life work. The prospects are fun, nonetheless.
Oh, why do I say, "My first book"? Because I've had other topics tickle my fancy. For instance, I've always wanted to write a study guide for women on Proverbs 31. I might start on that one when my wife finally lets me lead the women's study.
I recently gave a series of lectures on apologetics, particularly in regards to Islam. I have debated whether or not I should post them because much of the material has been borrowed (and is lacking a great deal of the necessary citations). I have decided though, to make the material available as it has been in some demand.
Please note though that much of what is here is simply a conglomeration of other people's thoughts.
Lecture 1: The Dilemma of Islam
Lecture 2: Allah: Uncovered and Exposed
Lecture 3: More Examples of How Isalm Impales Itself
Lecture 4: The Sure Way of Salvation
Here is the corresponding study guide.
The esteemed scholars of one of my previous classes.
I've been asked by a number of homeschool parents if I was going to offer any classes for home schoolers this year. The answer is YES!
I will offer one or two of the following, depending on interest:
If you would like to probe the ins and outs of each class to get a fuller idea, check the descriptions out at my site.
FYI: the basic doctrine class can also be used as a writing class if you would like your child(ren) to have some practice at composition. I will not be teaching composition per se, but I can assign them such if you would like them to have those kinds of exercises (stories, essays, poems, etc).
The classes will only be $10 per family. They will once a week for 12-14 weeks.
Number's 1 & 2 above will be both Jr. & Sr. high levels (grades 6-8 & 9-12). The worldview class will be Sr. high only.
We are about to embark on a new Sunday evening study. We will be watching and reflecting on this dvd, which is put out by Focus on the Family.
Teacher and author Ray VanderLaan will bring to light the death and resurrection of Christ through his usual methods. As he brings the light of Jewish and Roman culture, you will see the sacrifice and victory of Christ in new and moving ways.
We meet each Sunday evening at 6:30 at my house and the time is accompanied with singing, prayer, and fellowship. We'd love to have you join us. Contact me for more details if you wish.
Our Sunday evening fellowship group would like to invite you to join us as we kick off our new series. We'll be watching and discussing That the World May Know: Faith Lessons from the Prophets & Kings. Ray VanderLaan is an expert in the land of Palestine, and in each video segment he brings new meaning and significance to a particular Bible passage by helping us understand the terrain and context of the day.
Time: Sunday's @ 6:30 pm
Place: 1010 Chestnut St.
If you'd like more information, feel free to contact me.
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