I sometimes get questions from folks about my reading and study habits. In a word, I read widely because this world is a massive community, filled with teachers from many different perspectives.
I often begin my day reading and meditating on a portion of Scripture. For more years than I can count, I take about 20 minutes of each 365 days to ponder the Scriptures. Between my ESV Bible and YouVersion, I rouse myself from lethargy and pursue God through Scripture for these reasons:
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalms 119:9-11
The Power of Habit
Had a great time re-reading Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit. Judith and I gave a short talk about habits and how they shape us. Your habits are either making you or breaking you. If you are serious about change, not only read this book but be transparents with a few good folks who can help you seek new ways to live.
If you have never heard of the rapper Lecrae, check out his music. His new album, All Things Work Together, talks about how he handled the pain and rejection from his mostly white Christian fans for speaking up about the racism and white supremacy. I listened to his album about two or three times this week.
Bondage of the Will
I am writing a paper for the publication, Theology Matters. My article will focus on Luther’s book Bondage of the Will. Pray for me that I will meet this writing deadline before November 30.
Just started listening to an audio version of Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches by Chris Horst and Peter Greer(good summary here if you don’t have time to read the book). This book is helping me understand how people and organizations drift from their core beliefs and practices. I will tell you more when I complete the book.