Almost too Late

You know you have done it as well. You are looking for ONE thing and you stumble across another.

Today while researching a topic for an Advanced Greek class, I found my New Semester folder. I have a digital folder of articles, ideas, “do’s and don’ts” compiled from semester to semester, but honestly I forgot this one existed.

Here is what I almost missed.
A 2006 article by Dr. Thurman Wisdom entitled “Bring the Books.” — Great 2 page vignette emphasizing the need to read and the love of reading.
3 from John Maxwell entitled “Don’t Delay – Do it Today“, “How to Invest More of Your Most Valuable Asset”, and “Developing Your Most Appreciable Asset.”
A June 17, 1996 Newsweek article call “Making the Grade” by Kurt Wiesenfeld. — A professor at Georgia Tech, he takes on the notions of grade inflation and of bargaining for grades like a tee shirt at a ball game.
Defining Christian Education” by Dan Olinger from BJU. — Nuts and bolts stuff about what God has called us to do with our students.
Beverly White’s missive on “A Personal Scope an Sequence: Basis for a Balanced Curriculum.” — Written primarily for grade school, but helpful for a guy like me who finds himself the head of a Bible department.
Assorted syllabi from PCC and BJU graduate classes. — 2 reasons I keep these around and review them — to remind myself I am not teaching grad classes and to make sure that I am preparing my students for grad classes.
A whole set of workshop notes on “Thinking Right … Teaching Right” from a 2009 NCCSA ( Summer Conference. — Culture, Current events, tying everything to the Scriptures, methods, hints, tips, etc. I am convinced that we are losing the worldview war as we continue to leave the Bible in church and not help people make the connection to all of life.

As you can see, I almost missed some great helps and blessings this semester.
I wonder what else is in my files…

Simple Saturdays

Simple Saturdays – A Father’s Perspective

Cello music
Laundry piles
“Clean out the fridge” lunch
Sermon prep and finalization
Cartoons (albeit on DVR)
Boxes to the dump
Walmart run
Gas up my car for Sunday commute
Breakfast by Allison
Quicken appointment
Occasional nap(s)
Extra praying
Extra praying that leads to unintentional nap
Weekly review and planning
Time to talk to my kids and wife

These days are ending as Allison becomes a teen, but today is still one of those Saturdays that I love.

Depressing Article from CT

The Scandal of the Public Evangelical | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

The Scandal of the Public Evangelical
What we really have to offer the world.
Mark Galli | posted 7/02/2009 09:10AM

It’s been a tough couple of months for evangelical public figures. We discovered that Carrie Prejean, Miss California, sudden heroine in the gay marriage debate, posed nude for the cameras to kick-start her modeling career.

Then there were the Gosselins, a seemingly devout couple who were sacrificially raising a “ginormous” family on reality TV for all to see their Christian witness. They have decided to divorce. They mouthed the usual mantra, about doing it for the sake of the kids—and the hearts of the devout nationwide sank in despair.