Book Reading List

Book Reading List

Tweet Many years ago, when I first embraced the Reformed faith, I was given a reading list containing resources from the various departments of systematic theology.  For some reason I misplaced that list.  After searching in vain for many months I finally stumbled upon it on the internet and am sharing it with my readers for their own benefit. One of my goals this summer is to begin to work my way through this list. You can access the file here: Reading List  

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Scripture Memory Tip

Scripture Memory Tip

Tweet One day I was sitting in my pastors office at Calvary Presbyterian Church and noticed a whole bunch of 3×5 cards on his desk.  On these cards were a whole lot of “gobbley-gook” which made no sense to me.  So I inquired as to what they were.  The answer I received has revolutionized the way I memorize scripture (or anything, for the matter).  The answer: On the 3×5 cards were simple letters in the following format: 3x5 cardP, a a o C J b t w o G, t t s w a i E, a a f i C J: A quick glance and you can see why I was bewildered.  However, further investigation and you will see that the apparent “gobbley-gook” is actually: Ephesians 1:1 ESVPaul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus,...

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A Short Overview of Evernote

A Short Overview of Evernote

Tweet Evernote has been around for many years and though I signed up when it first hit the internet scene, I have never really looked under the hood at all the things it can do until very recently.  In this post I will highlight some of the things this note taking software can do. As you might have already guessed, it is a note taking program that travels in the cloud.  What that means is that it is with you everywhere you are.  This is a great aspect given the rise of mobile technology and cloud computing.  There are mobile apps             (Android and iOS) that work in conjunction with the online and desktop versions.  It goes way beyond simple note taking: Email storage — important emails can be sent to your Evernote account for safe keeping....

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Goals 2014

Goals 2014

Tweet December is typically the month when I chart out goals for the coming year.  I find this practice to be very valuable as it keeps me focused throughout the year and allows me to accomplish various tasks that can be carefully charted and planned.  Aside from the occasional tweak of the list here and there I have completed my plans for the new year. I divide the goals into two categories: personal and family.  They are as follows: Personal Reading — books from the following categories: Systematics, Church History, Old Testament, New Testament, Pastoral/Practical Theology (see list below) Scripture Memory — Book of Ephesians (155 verses / 3 verses per week) Scripture Reading — M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan; Record notes and thoughts...

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Homiletics Sermon: Job 1:6-22

Tweet Last Wednesday (October 23, 2013) I preached my second homiletics practicum sermon at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  The sermon assignment for this session was to be taken from a Wisdom/Poetical book.  I chose Job 1:6-22 as my text and I have included the audio of the sermon below (34 MIN).   Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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Pierre Viret: The Angel of the Reformation

Tweet Recently, on the Confessing Our Hope podcast, I interviewed Tom Ertl, president of Zurich Publishing  on this book: Pierre Viret: The Angel of the Reformation.  This was an excellent discussion about a man who is not as well-known as Calvin and Luther (and others).  Yet, Viret was very influential in the life John Calvin.  I would strongly recommend this book to my readers.  Also, pay close attention to the publisher as they have some great things planned in the future. About the Author R.A. Sheats resides in Florida. She is currently engaged in the translation of Pierre Viret’s original works from 16th century French into modern English. Endorsements  “This new biography of the great French Swiss Reformer Pierre Viret is a groundbreaking...

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