OCC Preaching-Teaching Convention

Each year, I anticipate Ozarks Christian College’s Preaching-Teaching Convention. This was something that I attended as a student there, and have returned occasionally ever since. However, for the past few years, I haven’t missed it. It’s a great opportunity to refresh and refuel myself without a whole lot of expense.

First, it is close, and I have family in the area. That makes it an easy trip. Second, it is usually filled with top notch speakers and workshops, making it a great opportunity to refuel my soul. And third, I am able to reconnect with several friends that I don’t usually get to see all that often. That’s always fun

Any one of those reasons make it worthwhile to take in the Preaching-Teaching Convention. All three of them make it a no brainer.

I’ll be there through the middle of this week, making it a short week at home. I’ll probably write a little less than normal as a result. Things should get back to normal next week though.

In the meantime, I’d appreciate your prayers for me as I travel, and as I take in some much needed refreshing.

OCC Preaching-Teaching 2017

OCC Preaching-Teaching 2017 Speakers

One of my favorite regions of the US is the American Southwest. I love the terrain, I love the mountain, and the desert, and I love the weather. Here’s a video of the ever-changing weather in Arizona showing just how magnificent this region is.

Book Review – A Harvest Of Thorns by Corban Addison

A Harvest of ThornsI love reading a good legal thriller. It’s one of my favorite genres, and I have found several authors that I really enjoy. When I saw A Harvest Of Thorns, is seemed to be right up my alley, and I anticipated getting into it.

The story line was good, maybe even great. It’s a story based on the reality of sweat shops and slave labor, and addresses the rights of workers in developing countries who make the products we find on our shelves. It’s a novel that drives home a point. While it’s fiction, the individuals found within it could easily be real people. Their situations are not that different.

However, there was one glaring stain that ruined the whole book for me. More than a dozen times, the book used profanity. Now, before you accuse me of being overly sensitive, I have read plenty of material that contains such vocabulary. And I’m generally not offended. However, in this case, the publisher is Thomas Nelson, a Christian publisher, and I expected to find a story that was free of this kind of stuff. In that, I was greatly disappointed.

Very often, my kids ask to read my books. And very often, I let them read them, especially when they are books that are clean. This is one I will not be letting my kids read. And I’m severely disappointed by that fact.

Coffee Break – 02.13.2017

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration

On this day in history: In 1880, Thomas Edison observed what became known as the Edison Effect for the first time. In 1991, On this day, Sotheby’s announced the discovery of a long-lost manuscript of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. And in 2000, Charles M. Schulz’s last original Sunday Peanuts comic strip appeared in newspapers. Schulz had died the day before.

Coffee Break

Second Wave Coffee – Second wave coffee took the coffee industry to a whole new level. And it changed the way we view, and drink, this wonderful beverage.

The Most Oddly Named Town In Each State – I live in the Midwest. We have some very oddly named towns. But it seems like we aren’t the only ones…

12th Dead Sea Scrolls Cave Discovered In Israel – While no scrolls were found in this cave, it does show that there were more than what was originally found, and implies that there could still be more yet, waiting to be found.

The World’s Strangest Borders – Ever wonder why some states and some countries are shaped the way they are? This video gives some insight into that.

Memorize Scripture: 1 Peter 3:5-6

Hiding God’s Word In Our Hearts

Peter appeals to history as he continues his discussion of submission within marriage. Take a look at his example in 1 Peter 3:5-6.

1 Peter 3:5-6

Peter looks to the past, and to the women listed in the Scriptures as an example of how submission is to play out in the realm of marriage.

While the NIV makes this text easy to read, it actually doesn’t translate it the most clearly. Other translations bring out the structure of Peter’s statement here much better. For example, the NRSV states it like this:

The holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves by accepting the authority of their husbands.

That allows us to see the structure of Peter’s statement, and not just our own adjusted interpretation. The main point behind all of this is the attitude of submission. And what Peter is emphasizing in this passage is the idea of adornment. Many of the women that came from pagan backgrounds were accustomed to much outward adornment. Peter says that the inner adornment, the attitude of the heart, is much more to be preferred.