In Case You Missed It

Dr. Ken Keathley, Director of the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture and Professor of Theology engaged in a conversation on Ken Ham’s view of creation. Tim Challies responded to Ken’s post. This interchange helps to understand the various nuances within the doctrine of creation.

 

Southeastern student Bekah Stoneking shared an important post at Ed Stetzer’s blog, showing how learning a language can break down many barriers to sharing the Gospel. Bekah writes:

“I’d like a green tea, please.”

 

The cashier swiped my card as her co-worker put the ingredients into my cup, snapped on the lid, and handed it over the counter without much eye contact; she had already turned to tend to the next customer.

 

“Shukran!”

 

She turned back to my direction and I repeated myself—in English this time. “Thank you.”

 

As my tea steeped, I began to panic. Did her nametag really say she was from Egypt? Did I use the correct form of “thank you” for her as an Egyptian woman? Did I use someone else’s “thank you” and offend her? Did I even say “thank you”?! Oh no. Here she comes…

 

When she asked if I spoke Arabic, I told her I was learning to read the Qur’an but had been practicing conversational phrases for about a week. She seemed delighted and told me how important she thought it was for people to learn Arabic since many Middle Easterners were moving to the city. We went back in forth with basic phrases and she even taught me some new ones.

 

“Allah mahaba. Allah is love,” she said.

 

She opened the door; all I had to do was walk through it.

 

At his personal blog, Dr. Todd Borger, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Southeastern shared a touching reflection on the short, but full life of his daughter, Anna.

Another marker today. Anna would be 17 years old today. It is difficult to imagine, really. I shared last year of a memory of Anna learning to ride her bike, and what that might look like as she would learn at 16 to drive a car. The imagined scene was not pretty. But at 17, what am I supposed to imagine? Her first date? Her senior year of high school? It is all so unreal for a little girl who will always remain nine years old. More so for a nine year old girl who, although she wanted to have seventeen children and had already named them all, had no interest in being married. She recognized with apprehension the difficulty of her position and so conceded that she would have to marry in order to have all of her children. “But I don’t want to,” she insisted. “A husband is merely a tool for having children.” I have no idea where she learned things like that at nine years old. Was there a series of juvenile feminist literature she had hidden somewhere in her bedroom?

 

Art Rainer recently shared a helpful post at his personal blog giving three easy ways to get back on track with your yearly Bible reading plan.

Allow me a moment of confession—I got behind on my Bible reading plan. My church challenged each of its members to read through the Bible in 2016, and I eagerly accepted. I couldn’t wait to get started.

 

And while I kept up with the readings for a while, I began missing a day here and a day there. Suddenly, I found myself almost a week behind. In that moment, I had two options—Give up or catch up.

 

Many of you made a New Year’s resolution to work through a Bible reading plan. It may have been to read through the entire Bible this year. If you have found yourself behind on your 2016 Bible reading plan, you have the same two options—Give up or catch up. The easiest option is the former. But the most satisfying option is the latter.

For those who desire to get back on track with your Bible reading plan, here are three simple methods you can follow

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