Saturday, March 18, 2006

Playing Chauffeur to Grudem

Nine times in two years our church holds TBI seminars that are open to the whole church and required for the TBI Track 2 guys. These seminars include topics like, Desiring God, TULIP, Future Grace, Why We Believe the Bible, etc.

Last night and this morning was the seminar on Gender Complimentarianism. This is the idea that the genders complement each other. In other words, men and women are equal before God, yet have different roles.

Because Pastor Piper is on sabbatical in Europe, he did not teach the seminar. Instead, his good friend, Dr. Wayne Grudem, taught the seminar. Since coming to BBC, this is the fourth time that I have seen Dr. Grudem live.

Dr. Grudem has had a big impact on my spiritual development as I found his major book, Systematic Theology, back in the late nineties. It has been very influential in my learning.

In getting to the point, Wendy and I had the honor of driving Dr. Grudem to and from his hotel to the seminar today. It was a joy to ride with him and talk to him about his children and family and his career.

Anyway, it was a small joy for us, and another of those neat things that have happened to us since we came to Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Snow Days

I have been meaning to write about this all week, but alas, now is my first chance to write.

Monday morning we woke up with about nine new inches of snow on the ground. This was a welcome surpise since virtually all of the previous snow had been melted and we had several days with temperatures in the fifties.

Then, on Thursday we had another seven inches of snow. So, in the space of four days we had sixteen inches of snow. It has been a lot of fun, especially for the kids. The temperature has stayed around 29-31 degrees, so it hasn't melted much.

Today, however, it is warmer and the snow is starting to melt, but since there is so much snow, it won't melt too fast.

This is probably Old Man Winter's last gasp. Spring starts in a few days.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Winter's Almost Over

Minnesota has a reputation for being cold in the winters. While there have been a few days this winter where the temperatures dipped below zero, the vast majority has been disappointing. After all, if you are going to live in a winter climate, it would be nice to actually have the climate live up to it's reputation.

Despite the poor showing of old man winter this year, there was still enough snow on the slopes for Chase to do his impression of Shaun White, the Flying Tomato. Clearly, Chase has been inspired by the Olympics.

While Chase is bent on being the next snowboarding superstar, Mackenzie is taking things a bit more on the ground. She is carefully making her way down the hill.

Kayleigh doesn't care much for snowboarding. She would rather sled down the hill and is quite the daredevil. However, it can get boring quickly, so she takes a time out on the swings.

Brooklyn and Avery share a moment in the snow.

We had a good time sledding and snowboarding while our friends were here, among other things. It was good to hang out, much like old times. Last weekend, Brooklyn and Claire celebrated their birthdays together, and we all had a fun day together!

Our friends left last Monday, so we simply tried to get back to normal this week. Jason taught two classes on Wednesday night, Arcing and Diagramming, and Theological Foundations. He is really busy right now with his Romans 9-11 class, and a seminar on TULIP.

The kids and I have been doing school and playing around the house.