1. I have been finalizing some details about a trip to Russia that I will be taking in November. It looks like I am going to be leaving on November 26th (the day after Thanksgiving, which means no left over turkey sandwiches...I guess I will sacrifice for the gospel) and returning on December 4th. I will be heading with my good friend, Steve Balding, and I will be teaching a class to pastors on "The Family." I am really excited about that topic, since after all, I have a family and really love them! More details to come...
2. I have started to read another book which I will probably review and give away next Wednesday. It is the latest book by Tullian Tchividjian. I bet you skipped right over that name, didn't you? You didn't even try to pronounce it? Anyways, he is the grandson of Billy Graham. The book is called Surprised by Grace: God's Relentless Pursuit of Rebels. It is his take on the story of Jonah. Since I have really enjoyed it so far, I want to give you a teaser. Here is one quote that I greatly appreciated:
That's why, if we're honest, we can start already to identify with Jonah. His runaway posture is our posture, every time we sin, whether in thought, word, or deed, whether it's something we consider big or small, whether it's doing something we shouldn't or failing to do something we should. Every time we sin, we're telling God, "My way of navigating this particular situation is better than yours. My wisdom and skill are more efficient and more effective in this moment than your wisdom and skill." It's not that we stop believing. It's just that what we believe has shifted (33).3. As to the video for the week. I can honestly say my stomach was in my throat on this one. I was really scared. But check it out, maybe the world's scariest job?
4. Finally, my dad is coming to visit next week. I am very excited as we will get some time to spend with each other as well as do some projects around the house. What do I have waiting for him? Putting in a few new windows, some plumbing (I'm not telling him that till he gets here), and some time with the grandkids. They are looking forward to that as well!