March 2010

     I have not written anything about our new son Henry.  Wow, I am so in love with this little guy.  He is a very easy baby thus far.  One of the enjoyable things that we have done is to sit down with his brothers and look at their baby books.  Then we ask the boys to guess who it is in the picture.  They always choose themselves.  My three sons look-alike as newborns.  They have the same eyes, nose and mouth. 

     Last night Henry tried to get milk from my bicep.  When he realized that option was not fruitful, he grunted and fell asleep.  It is so great to have these special times that only I can have as his daddy.

     The big brothers are amazing.  They love to hold Henry…for 20 seconds or so and then they get bored with him.  Calvin says again and again, “Isn’t he so cute.”  I say to Teddy, “Isn’t Henry beautiful?”  To which he replies, “No, he’s not a girl.  He’s handsome!”  I love all my boys. 

     Henry had a tough night sleeping last night.  His first tough night.  I love being able to sooth him or watch his momma sooth him.  She is so good at reading Henry’s wants and needs.

     Thank you for praying for and loving Henry.  God gives us so much more than we deserve.  My hopes for Henry are: that he would treasure Christ and become a godly man, that he would love the local church, that he would find a vocation in which he can serve Christ, that he would enjoy life, that he would hate sin, that he would honor his parents his entire life, that he would love his siblings and be close to them, that he would laugh a lot, that he would see a Packers victory at Lambeau, that he would learn to fish, that he would be healthy,that he would love to read, that he can be trusted, that he would have a great circle of friends, that he would have three close friends like I have been blessed to have, and that Jesus would say to him on the day of judgment, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”


Books read: Jan/Feb 2010

  • Why We Love the Church by Kevin DeYoung & Ted Kluck:  This book is a great defense of the local church.  It follows their first book, Why We’re Not Emergent, ad focuses on much of the issues but from a positive perspective.  Both of these books are a must read for pastors, elders and the normal church-member.
  • The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall & Tony Payne: This book succinctly explains my approach to ministry.  We need to focus on people not programs.  Amen.
  • Christ & Culture Revisited by D.A. Carson:  Carson is so much smarter than me.  His basic premise is that Niebuhr’s work Christ & Culture misses the mark and can be strengthened by a robust biblical theology.
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis: Still working through this book again in a Sunday School class.  I like the way Lewis writes.  His illustrations are masterful.  He does have some views that are incompatible with orthodox Christianity (destiny of the unevangelized, his ‘perfect repentantant’ theory of the atonement), but he is not a theologian.  He is a very good writer that is providing his best apologetic for basic Christianity.
  • Red, Black, White by Ted Dekker:  I read these fictional stories at the insistence of one of my elders.  Dekker is an excellent writer.  Very complex storylines that drew me into this trilogy (or whatever it is Bob, :)) His character development is outstanding as well.  Would recommend this series for evening reading.
  • Obsession by Ted Dekker:  This book is Dekker’s modern-day retelling of the parable of the hidden treasure.  Interesting read, did not like this one as well as the other Dekker books. 
  • Ike By Michael Korda:  Excellent biography of the life of Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Massive book that captures Ike and Mamie’s personality well.
  • Humility by C.J. Mahaney:  Ouch, this is one of those books that exposes my sin.  I love the practical nature of this book.  He not only identifies pride, but he also gives tangible ways in which he has battled pride throughout his life and ministry.  Very good book to give your pastors and elders.
  • What is a Healthy Church by Mark Dever:  Dever is such a clear writer.  He handles the Scriptures with precision and is able to articulate the importance of good ecclesiology for the pastors/elders and laypersons.  I would love for those who are attending/using the church to read this book.  It adds fuel to the fire in my belly for the church to be a place in which people serve together to display God’s glory to the watching world.
  • Emerging Church books:   I re-read five books from authors such as Pagitt, Jones, Bell, McLaren.  I also read a few newer ones from these authors.  I did so for a seminar I co-taught with one of our elders at MCCC.  A couple of good things (community, tie in with the community of faith over the millenia) but really bad theology that is not orthodox (especially the soteriology).