Wednesday, November 28, 2007

January Focus: How To Study the Bible

In one of my first seminary courses, we were required to read a challenging book called Methodical Bible Study by Bible scholar Robert A. Traina. It was an invaluable exercise, but the book was excruciatingly detailed. One of Traina's former students, Oletta Wald, has adapted some of Traina's teachings into a slim but marvelously instructive book called The New Joy of Discovery in Bible Study. It's a great primer for getting into the Bible.

Let's plan to study Wald's book in our Sonrise group this January. You can order it at or your favorite bookseller. We'll plan to devote three of four weeks to it. Sound good?

A big thanks to Kathy for walking us through her trip to Russia and India yesterday. There was so much to reflect on. I was left with a feeling of such hope amidst the challenges that our Christian brothers and sisters face in their ministries abroad. Please pray for God's continued protection of Monica and her family.

Back to the post-vacation laundry avalanche...

Love, Sarah
On my iPod... So Soft, Your Goodbye by Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Scenes from Thanksgiving in NY

Todd and my father-in-law!

View from atop the Empire State Building

The Jonas Brothers at the Macy's Parade

Corbin Bleu at the Macy's Parade

Todd and the boys in Times Square!

Todd and me heading toward the Holland Tunnel!

Woohoo! Go Sooners!

A beautiful bride (my new sister-in-law).

A cute couple...

... until Daniel cuts in!

A lovely day to stroll around NYC.

Bride's maids? (No.) Wait staff? (No.) Two people from opposite ends of the country who happened to show up at a formal wedding wearing the same outfit? (Unfortunately, yes!)

A view from below the Empire State Building

Thanksgiving crowds outside of Macy's.

Todd and some treats!

Daniel looking tres handsome!

Whew! My job is done. Now I can get down and dirty!

Jordin Sparks at the Macy's Parde.

The Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry

Daniel found his name on Santa's good list at Macy's!

The boys in Central Park.

Wynona Judd at Macy's Parade

On my iPod... So Far Away by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris from Real Live Roadrunning

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Faith Boys: 11.16.07

Sonrise Update: Next Meeting 11/27

Hey there!

Thanks to Alex for a convicting walk across Ken Sande's Biblical model for conflict resolution. As Kathy noted, Jesus speaks in Matthew 5:9 of blessings for the "peacemaker" (as opposed to "peacekeeper"). This implies the need to be an active agent of change, having the courage to slog through conflict if necessary to bring about the desired repair. Lots to think about!

Angela is coordinating a lunch delivery for the Ronald McDonald House next month. Let's talk the week after next about who can participate and who will bring what. This is a great opportunity to comfort some families undergoing heartbreaking challenge and duress.

Let's hear from Kathy next time with highlights from her India trip! I'm researching the concept of "blessing" first introduced to us in Genesis. Seems God was explicit with certain promises of blessing (e.g., the Abrahamic Covenant). Yet within creation itself, there are implicit blessings we simply take for granted (e.g., the air that we breathe, the food that we eat, the beauty and marvel of nature, the companionship of loved ones, etc.). As we prepare to hear from Kathy about the tremendous need in India, and we approach this time of collective Thanksgiving, I would encourage you to reflect upon and thank God for all that we ordinarily take for granted. Consider the essential holiness of God, for example. Have you thanked God for His goodness lately?

I pray that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Safe travels for those of you leaving home! I am thankful to God for so very many things. Most of all, I am thankful for the promise of eternal salvation through Jesus Christ... and for the blessing here on earth of precious loved ones who amaze me with their grace, generosity, caring, wisdom and love. The world is a brighter place because of you.



Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Sonrise Update: 11/6

Great meeting this morning! Lots to contemplate with respect to rest (Heb: sabat, Shabbath) which is a Biblical concept that has significant bearing on our physical and spiritual health and wellbeing. As Kathy pointed out, there are physical and mental challenges to our ability to rest. I would encourage you this week to pray about how God can help you discern the priority areas in your life and consider unburdening yourself of non-essentials and time robbers that may be keeping you from the rest you require. Rest is not selfish... it is ultimately life sustaining and an enabler of good works!

Thanks for all those b-day treats, friends. How very clever of you all! I will have to find some rest in order to use them! I'm on it!

(And how about that bird that flew away???)

I threatened, er, I mean, promised to teach on Leviticus next week. But Alex stepped up to the plate and offered to teach on conflict resolution instead. So that's what we're doing next week! However, I must tell you that Dr. Allman has upended my view of Leviticus. Can't wait to share with you what I've learned. It's stunning... really, it is! So Leviticus "unplugged" at a later date!

Angela and Evelyn have some fun thoughts on a Christmas party. Angela also has an wonderful outreach idea. Don't let me forget to carve out some time to talk about all this next time.

What am I forgetting? Seems there's a Tuesday field trip and some other school stuff coming up. We should all check our schedules for November/December and make sure the date/time continues to work as we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Think that's it for now... back to the books!

Love, Sarah

Looking for a Ladies' Bible Study Group? Please join us at 121 Community Church in Grapevine from 8:15-9:15 on Tuesday mornings!