Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Fall Brings a busy schedule
Teach me to number my days, that I may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12
I am in full preparation mode for the Fall Bible Studies that begin next week. Identical studies on Tuesday Evening and Thursday Afternoon (they never turn out to be identical though). I am in year eight of this tradition, we alternate between old and new testament, so year we are starting with an overview of the wisdom literature in the scripture. Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes and Job.
There will be an emphasis on decision making and ethics and always a Christ centered conclusion. I am looking forward to it.
A Men's group meets on Wednesday Mornings and the subject is yet to be determined although it will begin with some ideas from Scott McKnight's latest book, The Blue Parakeet, about a how scripture is read and what we are trying to get from our reading and study. So far it is excellent. I want these men who are from different backgrounds to study a particular subject that keeps coming up as a point of contention in our conclusions. What is the will? How much of a role does the will play in salvation? Its the classic Arm. vs. Cal. tension. I think if we can suspend our bias and look as all the relevant scriptures we will grow in our understanding.
If you have never lived in a desert city, we have this tradition of keeping our grass lush and green in the winter, so all over our city, lawns are getting scalped, literally, and tons of dead grass hauled off to landfills, tough times if you are allergic to grass. Then tons of rye seed, a heavenly time for doves and all birds, and a couple of cool nights, (It was 107 yesterday) and wa lah. Beautiful turf everywhere. Laura has two weeks off starting next week, so we are doing some local travel between commitments.