THE police stopped me this morning on the way in to the office. An officer took my car documents and driver’s licence, then went and checked them on some sort of list his partner was holding. Walked around the car, took his easy time, but finally returned my documents and waved me off. First time in a long time to happen.

• Got my editorial up today on FMag. It’s a pourypot. Er, potpourri. Hodgepodge. There. I mean, here.

• Late on getting out my January GoSpeak report. Soon.

• There’s not a single major updated Portuguese Bible version not clamped down by copyright restrictions. These guys are giving it a shot, with BíbliaLivre, but it’s still a work in progress, retains the old thee/thou type language, and relies on the Textus Receptus, an inferior textual base. I’m wanting a New Testament text to publish with some notes, but the right version just ain’t out there. Continue reading

During the Lord’s supper today, John 18:1 caught my eye: “When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it” (NIV). Prayer doesn’t often change the challenges we must face, seldom does it improve our situation, but rather by prayer God prepares us to meet the trials or temptations with self-control, purpose, and faith. Then, we can glorify God. Jesus prayed and went into Gethsemane where he was betrayed. He knew all that was going to happen to him (v. 4), and with the power invested in him through his prayer, he walked straight to the cross. We can do the same. Continue reading

Just read over on NRO a phrase of Wm. Buckley, “We exist to make a point, not a profit.” I like that. Christians could borrow that and say, “We exist to to preach, not make a profit.”

But I keep hearing preachers talking about preaching jobs. It’s shameful. People who talk like that betray themselves. They’re not missionaries, but mercenaries. Preaching is not a job, it’s a service. And a service to God, not to paymasters.

• A study Bible and a commentary say the appeal in Psalm 51:7, “Purify me,” literally means, “Un-sin me.” How neat is that?

• In the Sunday Bible study in SJCampos, we’re studying “Great Prayers of the Bible.” (I’m writing the curriculum as I go.) Today’s prayer was David’s confession in Psalm 51. Next week: the prayer for courage in Acts 4.

• Daughter is my timekeeper in the Taubate meeting. Tonight I preached 40 minutes. She informed me of the official time once we got in the car, without my having to ask. Reckon she thought I went too long? Continue reading

A short while ago I emailed the manuscript of my speech for the Maywood Missionary Retreat, to be included in the book. I imagine that it will be available online in electronic format as well, perhaps next week. We’ll pass on the word as soon as we know something.

In the meantime, below are the five points I’ll be making from Philippians 1. Continue reading

Nine-forty p.m. here. Time to let down the hair, all quarter-inch of it. On the way back from Taubate, I treated Vicki to a snack, and she chose BK. We’ve not eaten out in over a week, she’s done great having something fixed at home since before Leila went to camp.

That’s excepting Tuesday night, when we a Subway sandwich at the Center Vale Mall with Jorge, Paula, Daniel and Jose Roberto, and Daniel insisted on paying (I think his mom or dad put him up to it). Continue reading

Best I recall, from what’s written in my copy of “Now That I’m a Christian,” stored somewhere in my parents’ attic, I was baptized on Jan. 10, 1971. The date of my life. For all that, in my readings last week, something caught my eye in Mark 4 that I’d never noticed before. Learning never stops. Continue reading

I’ve been adding my smaller blurbs over at (or in?) The Fellowship Room recently. Some of them might have been inserted here, but I put them there, in this initial phase of getting things up and running.

At TFR, I’ve been asking a Daily Nudge, a question to prompt, or prime, our participants. Today’s question asked what they’ll be teaching tomorrow. Continue reading