Seminary Orientation Quotes

Today was orientation for all new students at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Below are two quotes from talks that were given throughout the day. They challenge me. What a rich time my study here will be.

The problem is not that women are not submissive. They’re submissive to men (plural). A woman should picture the gospel in submitting only to the right man as the church submits only to Christ. – paraphrase of a portion of Dr. Russell Moore‘s excellent sermon on Ephesians 5 during chapel time

“Theology lives, breathes, loves, and bleeds.” – a current student who spoke to all of us in the School of Theology

Friday Finds

Note: The remainder of my¬†Choosing Gratitude study has been postponed until further notice. I am now at seminary and, as time permits, my blog readers will certainly be given a glimpse into what I’m studying here.

I recently received an invite to Spotify, and have a Meredith Andrews playlist that I’ve been enjoying listening to. Here are a couple of her songs that are particularly meaningful:

Treasure – Grasping the truth proclaimed in this song is the reason that I am here. There’s no lesson that could be greater.

Never Move On – It’s all about Him.

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You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing Your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever! Psalm 30:11-12

151. Special needs children.

152. Little children singing.

153. God-honoring Sunday School curriculum.

154. Rain.

155. God’s answers to prayer.

156. The power of a true understanding of grace in rejecting legalism.

157. An intact family.

158. Hardships of the Christian life.

159. God’s chastisement.

160. Ministries to international students.

Friday Finds

Last Friday, the International Literacy Training Institute ended. The day was full of celebration, hence no post was made. There are pictures from the 5-week course on Flickr.

My former piano teacher and his son, who form the group Ryan and Ryan, create some very entertaining videos.

I am currently reading God’s Lesser Glory by Bruce Ware in preparation for an upcoming class, and when I heard this song, it seemed to go right along with the book!

Have you ever asked God for something and realized His answer was not what you expected?

Baptism no big deal?

Thoughts from Tim Challies on the movie Divided.

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If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me. Psalm 50: 12-15

30 days of thanksgiving:

141. Work at a Christian bookstore where I am surrounded by excellent resources.

142. Kind employers.

143. 12 years of involvement at Literacy & Evangelism International.

144. Opportunities to learn to speak comfortably on the phone.

145. God’s protection and provision surrounding the fire at LEI 8 years ago.

146. The everlasting testimony of God’s hand of protection over the primer archives during the fire.

147. Couples that are a testimony to God’s grace in their lasting marriages.

148. Theologically stimulating discussions with friends.

149. Photoshoot locations in my city.

150. The ability to sing.

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Psalm 56

30 days of thanksgiving:

131. The promise of eternal life, not death, for those who are cleansed by the blood of Christ.

132. A future filled with endless happiness for the people of God.

133. The truth that God is intimately acquainted with all my ways because He planned them.

134. The fact that all things are ordained by God before the foundation of time.

135. Small group time with my church family.

136. Colors

137. Clothing

138. Style

139. Eye doctors

140. Eyeglasses

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30 days of thanksgiving:

121. Literacy workers all over the world

122. Literacy workers whose deepest desire is to bring people to love God’s Word

123. Cooperation among believers from various denominations toward the common purpose of making readers of God’s Word

124. The abundant availability of the Bible in the English language

125. The work of Bible translators to bring God’s Word to every language in the world

126. Today’s missionaries to deep dark places

127. Missionaries across the ages who demonstrate what it can look like to leave all and go for the sake of the gospel

128. Books that document the lives of God’s servants as an encouragement to others to live fully for Him

129. The variety of cultures in our world

130. God’s creativity in creating people