Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of His Servant?

Archive for December, 2010

Advice from an Old Man – Billy Graham

I have been reading Billy Graham‘s autobiography Just As I Am. It is very good and there is a lot to learn from this godly man with a genuine passion for evangelism.

Apparently he is number seven on Gallup’s List of Widely Admired People for the 20th century!? I would put him ahead of JFK! J

Yesterday I noticed that he was interviewed (at the age of 92) by Foxnews. You can find the interview conducted by Greta Van Susteren here. It is well worth watching, especially part II.

In part II Greta asks him: “If you were to do things over again, would you do them differently?”

I like the “old man’s” answer: “YES! I would STUDY more, PRAY more, travel less, take less speaking engagements….”

[Here Spurgeon comes in handy: Learn to sayNo‘; it will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin. – Charles Haddon Spurgeon]

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Bono on Aids, Poverty, Malaria

Thanks to Danut Manastireanu I found this interview by Bill Hybels with Bono.

Bono talks about Aids, malaria, poverty etc.

Theology is not his strength, but one must admit that he has a genuine compassion for the poor and a passion for justice.

It is worth listening to this rock star’s perspectives and learn from him.


The RADICAL Disciple

John Stott is a great Christian teacher and example for many of us. He certainly is a model of humility and passion for me. There are a few people I know who are so dedicated to help the Majority World get a firm grasp on the Scripture and Christian discipleship.

I am currently reading his book (thank God the semester is over J) The Radical Disciple. You can find a fine review of this book here.

This is a much needed book for any Christian, especially the typical suburban American one who is all too happy to live in a nice neighborhood taking his children weekly to AWANA in a nice $30K + car with climate control, and who gives to mission sparingly (both of his time and money). In other words, this should be a great book for me, because it is a call to radical discipleship.

Here are a few highlights from the introduction (my emphasis):

“My concern in this book is that we who claim to be disciples of the Lord Jesus will provoke him to say again: “Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).

For genuine discipleship is wholehearted discipleship [radical came from radix = root – anybody whose opinions went to the roots and was thoroughgoing in their commitment]…

Our common way of avoiding radical discipleship is to be selective: choosing the areas in which commitment suits us and staying away from those areas in which it will be costly. But because Jesus is Lord, we have no right to pick and choose the areas in which we will submit to his authority.

AMEN! Hard to argue with that!

In this book Stott looks at “eight characteristics of Christian discipleship that are often neglected and yet deserve to be taken seriously.” These are: nonconformity, Christlikeness, maturity, creation care, simplicity, balance, dependence, and death.”

I am already beginning to like this book and I hope to post more info about it soon.

You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am (John 13:13). It is time we OBEY HIM!


Dr. Roger R. Nicole – In Memoriam

The great Reformed-Baptist theologian Dr. Roger R. Nicole died at 95 in Longwood, Florida. He was professor emeritus at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary where he taught for 41 years (unfortunately before I got there L).

Even though he never wrote a book (I was very surprised when I read that), he is a considered a “theological giant.”

Here is a memoriam on the Gordon-Conwell website. And here Carson, Keller, and Dever remember Roger Nicole.

I quote the comments of Timothy George and J.I Packer from Justin Taylor‘s blog.

“Roger Nicole is one of European Christianity’s greatest gifts to the American church. His role in the shaping of American evangelical theology in the latter half of the twentieth century was enormous and deserves to be better known.”

A few years ago Packer was able to summarize Roger Nicole in a sentence:

“Awesome for brain power, learning, and wisdom; endlessly patient and courteous in his gentle geniality; and beloved by a multitude as pastor, mentor, and friend.”

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DAGGESH FORTE and DAGGESH LENE

Many students of Hebrew have a hard time distinguishing between a daggesh forte (which doubles a consonant) and a daggesh lene (which is there to help with pronunciation).

This explanation should help those interested.  It is not the best, but it should help.

SHALOM


Time to Quit FACEBOOK???

I just read a very convicting article by Jonathan Dodson for deleting my FACEBOOK account!

The one that I find the most compelling (and kind of scary!) is the following:

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Disturb us, Lord

A few Romanian blogs (see Vasilica Croitor and Danut Manastireanu) picked up and translated a great prayer by Sir Francis Drake (1577).   I like it a lot and I found it in English here. Here is the text:

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
with the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.

Francis Drake,�an adventurer and essentially a legal pirate (What else�is a second son supposed to do to make a living?), wrote this prayer as he departed Portsmouth on the Golden Hind to raid Spanish gold on the west coast of South America. He ventured at least as far north as the non-Spanish parts of�California, claiming it as “New Albion” – New England- and returned to his Queen (the long way – via circumnavigation)�with loot worth over a half million pounds sterling, and received his Knighthood for it.

I hope you enjoy it too.  Many (most of the?) times I do need to be disturbed by the Lord from my complacency.

Below is the Romanian version recited wonderfully by Emil Bartosh!