During my research stint with The Creation Project I had the luxury of being contractually obliged to read in areas that I normally don’t have time to explore. One result is a deeper appreciation of the relationship between reading and living God’s story.
I’ve just sent out the Janufleciton edition of our newsletter for January, 2017. This month I start my 26th year of ministry to Slovakia and in this edition of your newsletter you can rejoice with us as we look back to an awesome 2016 and find out how to pray for a 2017 with just as much potential.
The Creation Project definitely dominated our 2016 and brought new opportunities for everyone in the family, including Elisabeth and Max, but there was plenty else going on with successful musicals at Narnia and other research milestones for Todd. All that good stuff and we’re still hoping for big things in 2017.
It’s always fun (and helpful) to take a quick look at the stats for our website at the end of the year. Through the stats we can see a cross section of our ministry and we can see how our supporters have shared our ups and downs. Sometimes, we’re surprised at some of the ways our web site reaches beyond the normal borders of our every day lives.
It’s been a long process but I’ve just signed a contract to publish my dissertation with Brill, a publisher of scholarly works out of the Netherlands.
Every November professional theological societies hold their annual conferences where theologians from all over the world gather to present their research to the scrutiny of their peers. This year the conference was held in San Antonio and I was able to present two papers, one of which was a quick summary of my dissertation.
I always look forward to preaching opportunities. In Slovakia I get to preach on a pretty regular basis but I do enjoy the chance to preach in my native language every once in a while. Since I’m involved in the Creation Project at Trinity I was given the opportunity to preach on Gen 1 as a part of the Scripture and Ministry series at chapel. This sermon is on Gen 1 and it’s tied into the theme of sojourning that they have for this semester in chapel.
At the end of October I also had the chance to preach at our sending church in Davis, IL. There I preached a sermon on the Word of God from John 1:1-18. Click through to see a video of that message.
Here’s the sermon from Genesis 1, preached during chapel at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School