Monday, March 10, 2008

Updates

I have been very busy lately, and have not had the time to post much here at Love Each Stone. This week I am at Iglesia "Luz para las Naciones" in Pensacola, Florida, preaching a "campaign of evangelism and revival." So far, it has been a wonderful time. The church here reminds me a lot of churches we have been associated with or planted in Spain. I would appreciate your prayers for me as, after preaching twice on Sunday, I will also be preaching Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night.

I also wanted to share the great news, for those who may not read all the same blogs that I do and have not already gotten the word, that God has answered prayer, and little Caelan Cross does NOT have cancer!!! Read Alan's reports here and here, and praise God together with the Cross family.

Although I haven't posted much here lately at Love Each Stone, I continue to contribute regularly at sbc IMPACT! Here is a list of some of my recent posts over there:

Best Unity Practices
I Was a Stranger and You Invited Me In
You Help Us By Your Prayers
Missions and Family
"I Know...Let's Blame Willow Creek..."
Stumbling Blocks
Missions & the "Traditional" Church in the SBC
The Missionary: "A Breed Apart"?
Questions on Wealth and Response to the Gospel

In the meantime, I am using just about every spare moment I have studying for my upcoming entrance exam for the new Missions Cohort Ph.D. at Southeastern Seminary. This pioneer project being carried out in collaboration with the IMB will allow career missionaries to work on a Ph.D. while continuing to remain on the field, and fulfill their other ministry responsibilities. I am really excited about this opportunity.

Here is my reading list for the upcoming exam. This is a good part of what has been keeping me so busy lately. I imagine that once I am done, and have taken the exam, I will have a whole lot of food for thought, and a bit more time to post here at Love Each Stone.

Carson, Donald and John Woodbridge, eds. Scripture and Truth. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992.

Greidanus, Sidney. The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1988.

McGrath, Alister. Christian Theology, 2nd edition. Oxford: Blackwell, 1997.

Niebuhr, H. Richard. Christ and Culture. New York: Harper, 1975 paper.

Osborne, Grant. The Hermeneutical Spiral. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1991.

Corduan, Winfried. Neighboring Faiths: A Christian Introduction to World Religions. Downers Grove: IVP, 1998.

Hammett, John S. Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches: A Contemporary Ecclesiology. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2005.

Hesselgrave, David and Edward Rommen. Contextualization: Meaning, Methods, and Models. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1989.

Hiebert, Paul G. Anthropological Insights for Missionaries. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1985.

Neill, Stephen. A History of Christian Missions. 2d. ed. Vol. 6 of The Penguin History of the Church. New York: Penguin, 1986.

Tucker, Ruth A. From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya: A Biographical History of Christian Missions. 2d ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004.

Wright, Christopher J. H. The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. Downers
Grove: IVP, 2006.

3 comments:

selahV said...

David, you need to leave a footprint at my site when you have a prayer request. I am so privileged to lift you up in prayer for this campaign. Praise the Lord. I thought you were in Spain. silly me.

Have you been seeing the manifestation of the Lord this week?

You are going to be way too smart to talk to after you get all that reading done for the Ph.D. On what are you going to be writing your dissertation?
selahV

David Rogers said...

SelahV,

Thank you so much for your prayers. We have indeed been seeing God work this week in the hearts of the people. One young man made a profession of faith on Sunday, and several others have renewed their commitment to the Lord, and come forward for prayer.

Kelly and I are planning on going back to Spain this summer, Lord willing, after an entire year of Stateside Assignment.

I hope to learn a lot from my Ph.D. studies, if I pass the exam, and am approved. But I hope I never become "too smart to talk to." I've got a couple of ideas up my sleeve for an eventual dissertation, but will need to consult further with my mentoring professor before defining them more precisely and deciding for sure.

selahV said...

David, that is so very exciting. Still lifting you up. Praying God's Spirit pours out and more come to Him tomorrow. selahV