Saturday, December 31, 2016
6. 13 Ways How I Became More Asian in the Last 13+ Years
5. Reviewing Eric Liddell's The Disciplines of Christian Life
4. My Hobby of Writing Amazon Reviews
3. 10 Cool Facts About Tianjin, China
2. "Name That Chip!": Spring Edition
1. Moving From Tianjin to Evansville
Saturday, December 24, 2016
January - I preach my last sermon at Tianjin International Fellowship: Psalm 8. Praise, worship, and bring glory to God.
February - After a 13 year break, I return to coaching a high school girl's soccer team. Go Lady Eagles!
March - We visit Grace Noel's orphanage in Hubei Province and meet her foster mother. It's hard to believe it has been ten years.
April - We accidentally leave Rosalie's $3600 French horn in a taxi, but it's returned to us a few days later. We're thankful for the police and our Chinese friends. Why are French horns so crazy expensive?!
May - I accept a new position as a 6th-9th grade assistant principal at Evansville Christian School (ECS). God is good.
June - We leave Tianjin and move to Newburgh, Indiana. I start driving a 1997 Plymouth minivan.
July - We drive to Florida and attend a family wedding. It's great to catch up with those we haven't seen in a long time.
August - Rosalie tries a new sport, cross country, Grace Noel makes the 5th-6th grade soccer team at ECS, and Josiah Lee joins Newburgh Youth Soccer as a Red Shark.
September - Megan and I speak about our Tianjin lives to a group of Chinese at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. It's good for us to be able to connect with Chinese in the Evansville community.
October - The University of Southern Indiana (USI) hires Megan as an ESL instructor. Go Screaming Eagles!
November - I start coaching soccer players at the Metro Sports Center and decide to start playing on a team. The knees aren't the same, but I can still kick a ball.
December - Megan gets hired as an ESL instructor at Vincennes University. We owe a few people a debt of gratitude.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
1. The Holy Spirit in All the Bible
2. Who is the Holy Spirit?
3. The Work of the Holy Spirit
The second chapter consists of three sections (see below) and is very short like the first chapter.
1. A person
3. Distinct from the Father and Son
The third chapter is the bulk of the book and is organized in the following fashion:
1. The Holy Spirit Convicts
2. The Holy Spirit Converts
3. The Holy Spirit Applies
4. The Holy Spirit Glorifies
5. The Holy Spirit Sanctifies
6. The Holy Spirit Equips
7. The Holy Spirit Promises
The book concludes with 21 endnotes and a description of The Gospel Coalition. If you're wanting a better understanding of this often forgotten member of the Trinity, check out Kevin DeYoung's The Holy Spirit. The book is filled with Scripture and Scripture references, and it can help us better understand the person and powerful work of the Helper that Jesus promised His followers.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. John 14:26
1. A Denial of the Sufficiency of Scripture
2. An Ignorance of God
3. A Failure to Address Man's Malady
4. An Ignorance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
5. An Unbiblical Gospel Invitation
6. An Ignorance Regarding the Nature of the Church
7. A Lack of Compassionate Church Discipline
8. A Silence on Separation
9. A Replacement of the Scriptures Regarding the Family
10. Pastors Malnourished in the Word of God
The book concludes with a brief mention of Chapel Library Resources and 45 endnotes. The Ten Indictments Against the Modern Church will take maybe a little over an hour to read, and it's not for those who are looking for a positive message and a pat on the back. However, if you are seeking something with lots of Scripture and much to ponder, I recommend checking out the book.
As far as the story itself, it is not the same as Different is Awesome, another children's book with a person who was born with only one hand. I like both books for different reasons. Something I like about Uniquely Me is how it's a story of a young child where Different is Awesome is focused on someone who appears to be in high school or college. Uniquely Me's story concerns a little boy who one day notices his friends have two hands. This starts him on a special journey to figure out why he wasn't born with two hands. Four wild animals help him come to understand that we are all uniquely made.
We're thankful for Trace Wilson and those who supported him in writing Uniquely Me. Uniquely Me is a great book for families with children with limb differences and would be a wonderful addition to any children's library. We're thankful Josiah Lee is growing up during a time and in a culture where he can be taught that there was no mistake in how he was created.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
Saturday, December 3, 2016
ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is a nonprofit organization that supports the global community of educators dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. It comprises of 125,000 superintendents, principals, teachers, and education advocates from 140 countries.
Do you want a window into Christianity in China and the key issues that impact the Church? Then you want to check out ChinaSource. It is a reliable resource connecting Christians with important information for working with and contributing to the Chinese church and community.
Nurturing the development of education in Asia is Master Teaching, sponsored by LEAPAsia. Their purpose is "to begin a crescendo of praise for Yahweh starting with what the authors write and growing into classrooms around the world."
I'm thankful for the work these organizations are doing and encourage you to spend time at their sites. If you would like to receive ASCD's free e-newsletter twice a month, click here. You can also provide financial support to the publications and projects of ChinaSource and LEAPAsia.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
1. I have extremely fulfilling jobs at Evansville Christian School and the Metro Sports Center. Nearly 8 million Americans are unemployed.
2. I have a beautiful rental home in the small town of Newburgh. Over 500,000 Americans are homeless.
3. I have new friends in our Southern Indiana community. Loneliness can be a serious health issue.
4. I have a wonderful family that supports and loves me despite my countless flaws. There are approximately 150 million orphans in the world.
5. I have good insurance to help pay for crowns, physicals, and shots. Nearly 30 million nonelderly Americans lack insurance.
6. I have a healthy body which enables me to lift weights and play indoor soccer. Every year diarrhea kills 760,000 children under the age of five.
7. I have unrestricted Internet access that allows me to stay connected with family and friends around the world. 1/3 of Internet users worldwide face heavy Internet censorship.
8. I have a fantastic education that provides me unique speaking, writing, training, and employment opportunities. 32 million American adults are considered functionally illiterate (1 in 7).
9. I have serious sin issues that show me my many weaknesses and how much I need Jesus. Less than half of all American adults think the Bible contains everything a person needs to live a meaningful life.
10. I have the love of the Father Almighty who graciously gives me purpose and everlasting life. Do you know His love?
Friday, October 7, 2016
1. Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe (five chapters focused on the law of human nature)
2. What Christians Believe (1942 - five chapters that include rival conceptions of God)
3. Christian Behaviour (1943 - twelve chapters covering topics such as marriage, forgiveness, hope, and faith)
4. Beyond Personality: Or First Steps in the Doctrine of the Trinity (1944 - eleven chapters comprising of time, the cost of following Christ, and more)
The books were originally given as a series of BBC radio broadcasts during World War II in which C.S. Lewis provides much-needed answers to complex questions for both believers and nonbelievers. If you have any interest in learning about the fundamentals of the Christian worldview, it is explained in a sensible and logical manner in Mere Christianity. Some, such as the late Chuck Colson, have stated the book was instrumental in helping them know Christ. If you have an interest in apologetics or you consider yourself to be an intelligent skeptic, I recommend checking out Lewis' Mere Christianity. It is a significant piece of work that has impacted many.
For a more in depth look at Mere Christianity, check out this outline provided by the C.S. Lewis Society of California.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Eric Liddell wrote The Disciplines of the Christian Life to help Christians grow in Christ through daily Bible study and prayer. Below you'll find the foundational topics showing that Liddell starts with discipleship. He gives a Bible reading plan with a recommended reading for each day of the year with the readings organized into 12 chapters for each month of the year. Knowledge is not just given, but practical ways to live to God's glory. The Disciplines of the Christian Life is simple and straightforward, but should stir up some emotion. Prior to hearing Liddell's thoughts, Herbert S. Long provides us information concerning how the book came about.
A Word by Herbert S. Long 15:30
Part Two: A Year of Discipleship:
- January: God the Nature of God 8:40
- February: The Life of Jesus 5:55
- March: The Life of Jesus Continued: The Cross 10:40
- April: God's Moral Law - The Law and Sin 9:56
- May: The Character of Jesus - Jesus Our Example 7:56
- June: The Kingdom of God - The Kingdom of Heaven 9:15
- July: God is Love 9:40
- August: The Life of Paul - The Act of the Apostles 5:54
- September: The Epistle to the the Romans - Paul's Gospel - The Face of Christ, A Face for the World 11:25
- October: The Holy Spirit 10:12
- November: Victory, Victory Over Temptation 9:07
- December: The Fellowship, The Church 8:17
Part Three: The Disciple and the Church 2:21
- Baptism - The Symbol 4:00
- The Communion of the Lord's Supper 11:58
- The Three Great Festivals of the Church - Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving 6:29
If you're wanting to hear from a servant of strong convictions who ran for Jesus, I recommend The Disciplines of the Christian Life. The paperback is only 160 pages should you choose to read it.
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Jonathan Edwards starts the sermon with four points regarding the suffering to which the Israelites faced. Then Edwards states ten points showing how only God's sovereign joy keeps people from perishing. The third and final part of Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God uses Scripture to prove his points and plead with those listening to trust in the only One who can save them.
It's a shame that many are afraid to discuss what Jesus saves us from and are critical of Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. I'm thankful that Jonathan Edwards, a former president of Princeton University, boldly preached what truly is a message of love and hope. The detailed descriptions of man's sinful state and the misery of Hell helped bring spiritual awakening to the lost. If you desire to better understand what it means to be a true follower and know His forgiveness, I recommend reading this important piece of the Great Awakening. If you're interested in reading more classic sermons by Jonathan Edwards and other great theologians, click here.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Why the move? We feel led to be closer to our Hoosier family members and desire for our children to better understand where their parents once lived. We're unsure when we'll come back to the country I've called home for 13 years (19 for Megan), but we are confident we have not seen the last of China. China is a part of us, and we have eternity to make some trips back.
Below are three ways you can lift us up during this time of transition.
1. We're lookin' to rent an affordable home near where I'll work.
2. We want to find a gospel-centered church where we can connect with people.
3. Pray that Megan and the kiddos make a friend or two and feel a sense of community.
Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established Proverbs 16:3
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Cucumber: They are sort of plain. I personally don’t like them.
Cucumber: I thought they were okay. They are definitely better than the yogurt flavored chips we had back in December. Three stars.
So there you have it. It sounds like fruit and veggie flavored chips can't compete with meat flavored chips. I have to agree.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Jesus Freaks starts with introductions from the members of dc Talk, a super popular Christian band in the 90s. An introduction from the former director of the Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is also provided. Approximately 150 personal testimonies and moving quotes were taken from VOM archives and dozens of profiles of martyred figures are presented. Reading these summaries of Christian persecutions can show us how easy we often have it and stir us to unashamedly live out our faith. We need more books that tell young people how hard life can be, but that we have a life-giving Savior that provides all our needs.
40 pages of Jesus Freaks is dedicated to explaining where persecution is taking place today - restricted nations as wells as hostile areas. Each country has a brief prayer request and another four pages explains what we can do. The thick paperback ends with endnotes, a list of resources about martyrs, alphabetical and chronological indexes, and information about dc Talk and VOM. If you're looking for a book for teens that contains gripping stories of truth with Scripture sprinkled throughout (several versions are quoted), I recommend Jesus Freaks.
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Matthew 5:11
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, when he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise." Luke 24:5-7
An Easter Message: Facebook Style
Doubt Has Long Been Part of Easter
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The Life and Mission of St. Patrick by the Crossway Staff
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Here are some of the many great features about the Bible:
- The 525 page Bible isn't big (6 x 7 inches or 16 x 18 centimeters) so little ones won't have trouble carrying it.
- The pictures are colorful and are found throughout the book.
- The pictures of the crucifixion and people complaining or crying are age-appropriate.
- The title of the 64 stories are big and bold and are based on standard American public school word lists.
- A list of the stories, 250 basic words, and 230 new words are found in the back of the book.
- No more than five new words are used in any story, and usually a smaller number is used. Words as simple as bread and paper and less common names such as Jairus and Onesimus are found on the new word list.
- Each story ends with a "something to ask" section and a "something to do" section. Questions include:
- How did God make the bad water become good water?
- Who did the shepherds see?
- How can you show Jesus that you love Him?
- What can you do for a friend when he hurts?
- Only Scripture references and not actual Bible verses are provided under the titles.
- There isn't a whole lot of diversity amongst the people. Unfortunately I've seen this problem in a few children's Bibles.
Monday, February 8, 2016
|Lay's green tea chips are just wrong.|
|Bacon sausage Pringles make Josiah and me so happy.|
|China isn't afraid to try new chip flavas. Some are yum while others taste like scum.|
Sunday, February 7, 2016
- Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches by Russell D. Moore
- At Home in this World...a China adoption story by Jean Macleod
- Happy Adoption Day! by John McCutcheon
- Hello, I Love You: Adventures in Adoptive Fatherhood by Ted Kluck
- I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose A. Lewis
- The Lost Daughters of China: Adopted Girls, Their Journey to America, and the Search for a Missing Past by Karin Evans
- My Mei Mei by Ed Young
- Our Adoption in Christ: What it Means for Us and for Orphans by Dan Cruver and Jason Kovacs
- Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale by Karen Katz
- Shaoey and Dot by Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman
- Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis
- Three Names of Me by Mary Cummings
- Welcome Home, Forever Child: A Celebration of Children Adopted as Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Beyond by Christine Mitchell
- Zachary's New Home: A Story for Foster and Adopted Children by Geraldine M. & Paul B. Blomquist
Monday, February 1, 2016
1. Did you know that worldatlas.com ranks Tianjin as the 30th largest city in the world (when including the immediate suburbs)? Tianjin’s nine million people make it bigger than London, Bangkok, Toronto, Rome, and even my giant muscles. When I moved to Tianjin in 2003, it was ranked as the 20th largest city in the world.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Saturday, January 2, 2016
I am quite excited about the latest Star Wars movie, and it is a massive relief knowing that Wicket is not in The Force Awakens. I was concerned that people would stop calling me Wick and start calling me Wicket again. As you can see in the picture below, we share quite the resemblance - we're short, cute, and warriors. If you sense the force telling you to call me Wicket, that would be the dark side. Beware of the dark side. You must learn control. Wars make not one great.