Florida Adventures, part four

The thought from class today that flashed neon in my brain was, “When you travel, carry a leaky seed basket.” What a fantastic concept! Think about it. In Fort Wayne, the city where I grew up, there is an entire park dedicated to Johnny Appleseed, a man whose legend claims that he did just that–traveled…

Visa / Work Permit Update

Wow! The Lord has been doing great and mighty things! I got word late last night that my work permit application not only arrived in Papua New Guinea, but has been processed! This is exciting because it means that I can now apply for my entry permit (ie. visa). So there is still a lot…

Florida Adventures, part 3

The sunrise this morning was beautiful, as the tropical storm has passed, leaving Sanford bathed with sunshine. Yesterday’s time in class was spent looking at conflict resolution. I really enjoyed it, and have learned a lot. Some thoughts that stuck out to me from yesterday: The real issue isn’t the getting mad, the real issue…

Florida Adventures, part two

From class this morning: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” –Ephesians 6:12 “In the early days, when Christianity exercised a dominant influence over American thinking, men and women conceived…

Florida Adventures, part one

I flew to Florida late last night for pre-field orientation at New Tribes Mission headquarters in Sanford, Florida. This morning, after finishing breakfast, I had two missions: to take a nice walk along the river, and to buy some postcards to send my siblings. The first was easy. There is a cool river walk right…

Wait, You’re Still Home?

“I thought you were leaving in July. What happened? Why are you still here?” Perhaps some of you are asking exactly that. For those of you who haven’t already heard, my plans to leave for Papua New Guinea were postponed, due to a lack of support and missing visa paperwork. All along, I had asked God…

Am I Wasting My Life?

Today’s article by Desiring God, Jay and Katrina Didn’t Waste Their Lives, really made me reconsider what my short- and long-term goals are for my life. Am I living a life that is wholly captivated with proclaiming the glory and truth of God to people, or am I torn away by the “fun” of this life–the…

Preparing Joseph

Over the last week, I have been re-reading the story of Joseph. Joseph’s story evidences the preparation of God now for events that will not occur until years later. When his brother’s threw him in a pit and sold him into slavery, it was not apparent to Joseph or anyone else that he would become…

Exchanging Fear for Fear

From Kevin DeYoung: Exchanging Fear for Fear Why is the fear of the Lord the beginning of wisdom? Because the end of folly is the love of the praise of men. Or to say the same thing in a different way: there is no sin so prevalent, so insidious, and so deep as the sin of…

Six Resolutions For Living in Light of the Gospel | Blogging Theologically | Jesus, Books, Culture, & Theology

Six Resolutions For Living in Light of the Gospel | Blogging Theologically | Jesus, Books, Culture, & Theology. Don Carson, during his final session at The Gospel Coalition’s 2012 Ontario Regional Conference, offered an exhortation to the attendees as he concluded the conference’s message preaching fromPhilippians 4:4-20. In this message, he offered six resolutions for…