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Nick Page. The One-Stop Bible Atlas.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, February 1st 2011. 128 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I was searching for a Bible Atlas that was compact, portable yet helpful in covering the geography of events that took place in the Bible.  Having a Bible Atlas handy is a great tool if you are serious about studying the Bible: It not only makes historical narratives in the Old and New Testament become alive but sometimes it answers questions and provide deeper insights into a passage of what’s going on. I thought this book was helpful for both preachers and the layperson and it is worth purchasing.

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It is Sunday!  I know teaching, preaching and ministering is not always easy.  As I was meditating on 2 Timothy 1 note the difficulties in Paul’s ministry.  Perhaps they parallel your own ministry in teaching and/or preaching:

  • There was persecution, even up to the point that Paul was made a prisoner (v.8)
  • There was suffering, even up to the point that some could be ashamed (v.10)
  • There was abandonment, even at a point when the company is most needed (v.15)

Yet Paul said

How can we as preachers and teachers (be it small group, Sunday school or other ministry) be encouraged and properly motivated to endure despite the trials?

We find one key powerful motivation that propelled Paul in 2 Timothy 1:11:

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Someone asked me about my thought about women in their period while on a mission with military “elite” units.  Obviously I’m not a woman so my comment is going to be more on the military side of things.  I imagine that many within such units have reservation about combat units being no longer exclusively all-male.  Here’s my thoughts.

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A weekend reading review because even Pastors need a break from heavy reading.

Ronald Kessler. The First Family Detail.  Danvers, MA: Crown Forum, August 5th 2014. 272 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This book was insightful into the men and women who protect the president of the United States in a Federal government agency known as the Secret Service.  You usually see members of the Secret Service wearing suits and sunglasses standing next to the President.  This book was insightful of some of the things members of the Secret Service have observed about various US presidents.  It is written by a capable author name Ronald Kessler who has written books on the New York Times Best Seller list on the topic of the Secret Service and the FBI.  Kessler was also the journalist who first broke the news story of Secret Service scandal with hiring prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia.  Kessler is not someone out to attack the Secret Service but is someone that respect the agency and its men and women putting their lives on the line but he is also a helpful critical of the agency’s mismanagement.

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This is point 3 of our series on “God created roles for Men from Genesis 2.”

This series is exploring four truths about manhood from Genesis 2:15-18a so that men would live up to God’s design of your identity today.

So what’s point number 3?

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Pray for my studies as I will be leaving before the Summer is over to teach theology at several undisclosed countries overseas.  I need to finish my preparation and I’m feel unusually tired this Summer with ministry in my local church.  It has been a very busy time for me the last few months.

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George W. Knight III. The Role Relationship of Men and Women.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, June 1, 1989. 88 pp.

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

5 out of 5

There’s a lot of debate today concerning gender.  For the Christian we must go back to the Bible as the foundation that formulate our views on the matter.  Of course there are resources that examine the subject and God has given us teachers to aid the church.  The author George Knight III is a theologian and professor of the New Testament has written this work that is relevant even though it was written nearly thirty years ago.

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