Tying up a few loose ends at the end of the week.
First, in answer to inquiries -- No, Reformation21 is not paying the Rev. Furtick to provide me with material. He is kindly donating it to me for free, for which I am very grateful. The American phrase is 'the gift that keeps on giving,' I believe.
Second, the stetson fitting for the Biola debate is not going so well, as Aimee does not like the idea, as you can see. Good job she shoots straight (though don't tell Todd).
Third, here are a few books worth looking out for:
My former colleague, John Leonard, has an excellent book out on personal evangelism, Get Real: Sharing Your Everyday Faith Every Day. Not all of the ideas will work everywhere and some will differ with John on how he describes certain things. But this is a powerful call to outreach and is well-worth a look. It also carries huge credibility because John is one of the most effective personal evangelists I know and knows whereof he speaks..
Andreas Kostenberger and Justin Taylor have written a great book on The Final Days of Jesus. If you have ever been confused on what happens when, and how the gospels connect in the narration of Jesus' last days before his death, then this book is a great help. It has a chronological arrangement of the gospel accounts, helpful charts and insightful commentary.
Finally, Alex Chediak has a new book out, Preparing Teens for College. It arrived a few years too late for me but looks like an excellent how-to kind of book on the priorities to have when making sure your children are ready to leave home for pastures new.