Thursday, June 28, 2007

What do I do all day now that I am unemployed?

Great question!

Actually I have been keeping very busy preparing for my summer and fall classes, working out and spending valuable time with Kimberly and the boys.

I spend the mornings reading and studying at the seminary. Here is a picture of the library at the seminary. I am thoroughly enjoying this blessing. If the pay wasn't so horrible, I would be a career seminarian! I have been reading for my Judges & Ruth class this week. There are two books required; Judges & Ruth Commentary in the NAC series by Daniel Block and Kingdom of Priests by Eugene Merrill. I am almost finished with both, fascinating content. The book of Judges paints a picture of the people of God completely sold out to the world around them. They look more Canaanite than they do Israelite. What a powerful message for the church today. Do we look more like the world or like the bride of Christ, the Church?

The other books that are on my reading list this summer are: Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem; Christianity & Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen; Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis; The Story of Christianity by Justo Gonzalez; The Trinitarian Controvery by William Rusch (ed.); Defence of Truth by Michael Haykin; and Early Christian Doctrines by J.N.D. Kelly. In addition to that I am spending at least an hour each day on my Hebrew. It may seem like a lot, well it is, but, it is very enjoyable and expected with a full class load.

While I am on campus I have been getting some workouts in, combined with our 'No eating out policy' I am losing weight and feeling great!

But the best part of all is my 'job' as a husband and father. We have spent so much time playing, reading, wrestling, etc. God is so very good. I am so thankful that He is giving us this time to learn more about Him so we can love the Church more and more.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Blessings of a Godly Wife

I know that my wife is a godly woman, no one needs to remind me of this truth. This morning has served as another reminder. Kimberly is at church with Calvin as I type. Teddy is sick and not able to go to church today. For the first time in our marriage, Kimberly is not obligated to stay home because of pastoral responsibilities on my part. I am so thankful for sacrifices that Kimberly has made a pastor's wife and godly mother over the last four years. Not once did she make me feel guilty for leaving the house with the boys crying.

On the flip side, this morning has been a blessing. I have been able to spend uninterrupted time with my boy Teddy! Although he is sick, he is still playing, smiling, and cooing. He is napping now and I am spending time in Judges 4. Wow, God is so gracious in spite of our rebelliousness.

I am blessed!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

My Favorite Muffin

Kim took Calvin for a date this morning for some quality time together (and to give Ken some time to study for his upcoming class). They went to a small bakery nearby called My Favorite Muffin. Since muffins are Calvin's favorite food group, it was the perfect date spot!

Friday, June 22, 2007

"Make new friends..."

Today was a great day of getting more familiar with Louisville and making new friends. This morning, Kim took Calvin and Teddy to the Jeffersontown Free Public Library. Calvin loves his "new li-bary" as he says. He looked hard and long for a Wiggles video. We got the last one on the shelf, a Christmas one. Cal also filled a tote bag with books. Meanwhile, Ken was exploring some job options at the seminary.

Late this afternoon, the four of us set out to explore some new parks. We went to A.B. Sawyer Park and Hounz Lane Park. Hounz Lane was especially fun because it has a stream running through it, and tall trees shading the park. Ken and Calvin enjoyed throwing stones into the creek and looking over the bridge.

We are attending Ninth and O Baptist Church ( We have joined a Sunday morning Adult Bible Fellowship (ABF) at the church. We have been to the ABF twice and we love it. It is taught by Pastor Jim Meeks. He is teaching from the minor prophets this summer. The past two weeks we've looked at Joel and Obadiah.
Tonight we went to our first ABF social. It was hosted by one of the young couples in our group. We dined on grilled burgers, played in their swimming pool, and enjoyed getting to know people better. Our group is all young couples, most of whom have small children. It was such a joy tonight to connect with these wonderful people. Calvin entertained our new friends by singing the song we taught him as we were preparing him for our big move: "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold."
Calvin got his first bee sting tonight at the party! He was so brave, though. He only cried for a couple of minutes. However, two hours later, on our way home, he said, "A bee hurt me!"

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

We have settled in...

Well, we are finally settled in Louisville. Our apartment is very large and at the busiest intersection in town. We have found that it is nearly impossible to turn left, so our first adventure has been to turn right, do a u-turn and then go. Kim has the apartment looking great on the inside, Calvin is delighted because all of his toys are now in his room. He enjoys making Teddy Dean giggle and going to the new library with mom & dad. Teddy Dean is sitting up all by himself now and rolls over from tummy to back and back to tummy. He loves to laugh and smile. Kim is the navigator and recreation director of our family. Louisville is called the city of parks and Kim has the van going in search of the best ones. Our favorites so far are Des Pres and Seneca Park. The picture of Calvin is from our visit to Seneca Park this evening. Kim also registered for Seminary Wives classes tonight, great excitement! Ken registered for a summer class (Exposition of Judges & Ruth) and has his fall schedule set. Please pray for us as we continue to adjust and Ken starts looking for a part-time job.