Monday, February 22, 2010

Blog Update 2/22/10


It's time for a bit of an update...

Maintaining this site over the past couple of years has been a blessing to me. It has allowed me to interact with others on a number of topics that are of great interest to me.  It has provided a place for me to share with others the commentary recommendations project I've been building over the past decade, or so.  And, through it I have been able to connect with a number of wonderful people whom I may not have met otherwise.

Posting activities has slowed quite substantially over the past six months because other relationships and opportunities have developed which have taken precedence.  The Lord has blessed my family by placing us in a church where we have made many wonderful friends and where we have found numerous opportunities to serve.  He has also provided me with an opportunity to preach two to three weeks per month at small country church.

Because of these wonderful changes in my life, I have ceased requesting new books to review and have begun to dig deeper into the scriptures and into my own library.  Not long ago our Sunday School class studied through 2 Timothy and a couple of us who taught used John R. W. Stott's commentary The Message of 2 Timothy: Guard the Gospel (BST series, 1973) as a guide.  From there we moved on to a study on evangelism in the Gospel of John using Richard Phillips' Jesus the Evangelist (P&R, 2007).  Both of these books are excellent resources and proved to be extremely helpful in leading group discussions.

This past December I began preaching through the Gospel of Mark which has gotten me into numerous commentaries and monographs (such as Cranfield, Guelich, Edwards, Nineham, Alexander, Ryle, DeSilva, Carson & Moo, Brown, Witherington, Scroggie, Bruce, Watts, Hengel, and others).

Finally, our Monday night Bible Study group just finished up a chapter-by-chapter study and discussion of Paul David Tripp's Broken Down House (Shepherd Press, 2009) which has been fantastic, and we are preparing to dive into a study of the book of Ecclesiastes.

So, my time and energy has been channeled elsewhere, but I still have not given up on TheoSource.  Whether or not I post regularly, I will continue to read and to collect recommendations of good books.

If you look around, you will see that I have been spending some time as of late revamping the look of the blog.  I recently found that Blogger has added a feature to create individual pages.  I also found some tips on editing the template of this blog and have been working with this over the past few days.  I hope that my efforts to clean up and simplify things will allow this site to be more user-friendly.  Please take a couple of minutes to look around and tell me what you think.

"Thank you," to all of you who follow TheoSource, interact with the posts and offer suggestions and recommendations.  "Thank you," also, to Tim Ashcraft who has offered a great deal of help over the past couple of years writing about good books and events in Church history.

For the sake of His Name,
Jason Button