Martha and I are excited about 2012.
I always like to start something new. When I was a student, I could get really excited about the beginning of a new school year. As a seminary professor both the beginning–and the ending–of the school year brought on a lot of anticipation.
We have a big year planned and are excited to see what this year will be like.
For me, Sunday is always coming. That phrase simply means that a preacher never really gets to relax because the next sermon is waiting on the horizon. I know that many of the folks at FBC, Covington, must think that I really exaggerate when I can’t seem to remember last week’s sermon. In reality, I–and every other preacher I know–has to constantly be thinking about the future. What do I preach this week? Last week is over and must be forgotten. It’s time to move on!
With that in mind, I have three sermon series planned for January–May. The first begins this Sunday. For the first seven weeks of the year, I plan to preach from Kings on “Living in Turbulent Times.” It’s easy to see that we live in turbulent, frightening times. The good news is that God is on His throne. He was on His throne in the times of the kings of Israel, and He is today.
My second series concerns the cross of Christ and getting ready for Easter.
Beginning Easter Sunday and continuing through May, I will preach on “What Happens When I die,” Paul’s explanation of the validity of the resurrection–both Christ’s and ours.
We have more than preaching planned. We have several trips that we are excited about. We will attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, and travel to Israel in the spring with a large group. We are excited to return to Israel and are ready to help our group see the Bible come to life. I also hope to get in a few days of skiing in January with some good friends.
Also in the spring, Martha’s second book will be published. It’s being formatted and edited now. She–and I–are ready to see how it touches people’s lives. Martha is a great writer and master story teller. She has a very practical way to look at life and helps her readers to handle life as it comes. She’ll be announcing her title soon. The title itself is a great way to look at life.
I also have a book of devotionals–much like this blog–to be published during the summer. I hope that it can be used as a daily devotional to kickstart your daily time with God.
Kelvin Moore, a former student and professor at Union University, and I are co-authoring a book on Teaching and Preaching from the Old Testament. We want this to be a beginner’s guide to teaching, preaching and understanding the Old Testament.
In addtion to all this, I will work with Louisiana Baptists as president of the state convention and Southern Baptists as chairman of the SBC Nominating Committee.
It’s going to be an exciting year!
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