“Boyish rapture in the Highland hills”

January 3, 2011

Describing the book of Ephesians, former Princeton Theological Seminary president John Mackay said, “To this book I owe my life.” He went on to explain how in July 1903 as a lad of fourteen he experienced through reading Ephesians a ‘boyish rapture in the highland hills’ and made ‘a passionate protestation to Jesus Christ among the rocks in the starlight.” Here is his account of what happened to him: “I saw a new world … Everything was new … I had a new outlook, new experiences, new attitudes to other people. I loved God. Jesus Christ became the center of everything … I had been ‘quickened’; I was really alive.”

John R.W. Stott, The Message of Ephesians, p.15

Have you ever experienced ‘rapture’ as you encountered the truth of God’s word? How did that experience affect your life?


Will your local orchestra soon be playing the Roger Federer Overture?

August 20, 2010

Okay, maybe it lacks the thrill factor of shooting an apple off your son’s head with a bow and arrow, but Roger Federer’s stunt is still pretty impressive.

To be honest, I’m usually not a big fan of stunts or “stupid human tricks.”  Though some might think my Bible-In-A-Month Challenge falls into this kind of behavior.

Have you ever participated in an overture-worthy stunt?

New Testament In A Month — FINAL DAY!

June 30, 2010

Today, June 30 — Jn. 11:12-21:25

You made it through the entire New Testament in the month of June. Congratulations!

I’m going to reflect on the past month a bit, and post something of an overview of how things went for me. This has been something of an experiment, so I want to identify what was helpful, and what I might change if I were to do something like this again.

Tell me about your experience. I’d love to hear what you’ve learned, and how this challenge impacted your life.

New Testament In A Month — DAY 21

June 29, 2010

Today, June 29 — Jn. 2:16-11:11
Tomorrow, June 3 —  Jn. 11:12-21:25

New Testament In A Month — DAY 20

June 28, 2010

Today, June 28 — Rev. 10:12-22:21, Jn. 1:1-2:15
Tomorrow, June 29 — Jn. 2:16-11:11

New Testament In A Month — DAY 19

June 25, 2010

Today, June 25 — 1 Jn. 3:11-5:21, 2 Jn. 1-13, 3 Jn. 1-14, Jude 1-15, Rev. 1:1-10:11
June 26    Day Off
June 27    Day Off
Monday, June 28 — Rev. 10:12-22:21, Jn. 1:1-2:15

Prepare your minds for action: New Testament In A Month — DAY 18

June 24, 2010

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
(1 Peter 1:13-16 ESV)

For me, the challenge to read the New Testament in a month is part of my quest to prepare my mind for action. I so desire to live a fruitful life that glorifies Jesus.

Is there any action in recent days that you would attribute to the mental preparation that comes from meditating on the scriptures? Is there any specific actions that you long to undertake in the strength that only the Lord provides?

Today, June 24 — James 1:1-5:20, 1 Pet. 1:1-5:14, 2 Pet. 1:1-3:18, 1 Jn. 1:1-3:10
Tomorrow, June 25 — 1 Jn. 3:11-5:21, 2 Jn. 1-13, 3 Jn. 1-14, Jude 1-15, Rev. 1:1-10:11