Sunday, March 08, 2015

Doctoral Study and Some Prayer Requests

Today I’m traveling to Chicago for the latest course in my doctoral program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The course is entitled "Preaching and Culture," and it deals with the interface between faithful biblical preaching and the cultural realities of technologization, secularization, and interculturation. For the course we have read a number of articles (about 12), as well as the following books:
  1. David Livermore. 2011. The Cultural Intelligence Difference. New York: American Management Association. 
  2. Leslie Newbigin. 1986. Foolishness to the Greeks: The gospel and western culture. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
  3. Sherry Turkle. 2011. Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other. New York: Basic Books.
  4. George Barna and David Kinnamen. 2014. Churchless: Understanding today’s unchurched and how to connect with them. Austin, TX: Tyndale Momentum.
  5. J. Ellsworth Kalas. 2014. Preaching in an age of distraction. Downers Grove: IVP Press.

I’m so excited to have Kimmy coming along with me this time, as she’s never been able to come in the past. So please pray for our travel time, for any time we can spend together this week, and for my course study.

After the class is over on Thursday evening, Kimmy and I will be driving to East Saint Louis to visit with a church planter and friend, Kempton Turner. The goal is simply to spend a day with him and pray for his family and ministry. We really look forward to what the Lord will do while we're there, please join us in prayer for that time, too. 

And then, Lord willing, we’ll hop in the car on Saturday morning and drive back to Elk River just in time to get a little sleep and go to church the next day! Kimmy and I are really looking forward to the trip, and we thank you for your prayers. May the Lord richly bless you even as you lift us up in prayer. 

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