Happy new year! I hope you enjoyed a fun-filled New Year’s Eve and a great day relaxing/recovering yesterday. Today, my family and I are heading into Toronto for a weekend field trip, where we’ll be:
- visiting the Royal Ontario Museum to enjoy the Escape from Planet Rom exhibit (which includes a Mars rover prototype);
- spending the night in a hotel (which of course means swimming in said hotel’s pool);
- visiting a church in the area; and
- taking a trip to the top of the CN Tower.
Given that I’m terrified of heights, that last one is going to ruin me.
I’ve also got a few new Kindle deals for you, starting with H3 Leadership by Brad Lomenick ($3.99) and Unoffendable by Brant Hansen ($1.99).B&H is also offering the Holman Commentary series for $2.99 each:
- Judges & Ruth
- 1 & 2 Kings
- Psalms 1–75
- Psalms 76–150
- Ecclesiastes & Song of Songs
- Jeremiah & Lamentations
- Minor Prophets
- 1 & 2 Corinthians
- 1 Thessalonians–Philemon
- 1 Peter–Jude
- Hebrews & James
Barnabas Piper offers encouragement for those for whom ringing in the new year isn’t always a joyous occasion.
Admittedly, the number of books you read is somewhat arbitrary. The main aim is to love God with all of your mind as you engage various works of theology, business, fiction, and so on (Matthew 22:37). It would be better to master fewer books than to lightly skim hundreds of books just to say that you have read them. That is not the point. But I have found that I can get a surprising amount of reading done by establishing the following three habits.
Every pastor has a general routine he follows each week in preparing to preach the Word of God on the Lord’s Day. I begin on Sunday night, reading next week’s text. I read it over and over, meditatively, throughout the week. By Wednesday, I hope to have a general outline. By Friday evening, I hope to have the sermon written. Each day, I pray that God will prepare my heart to preach his Word. and the heart of the congregation to receive the Word by the Spirit’s power.
Several years ago, in our pastors group, we decided to be more precise in how we want to be held accountable. So we each set off to write a series of questions. My ten questions are below. Though they are six years old by now, I try to come back to them at the start of each year. No doubt, the questions reflect my own weaknesses, temptations, and priorities. There may be better questions for you and your friends. But perhaps these ten questions will be a good place to start.
Well, this is something at least.