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P2R: Where do we go from here?

April 25, 2011

It’s hard to believe that just four months ago, I pitched the idea of P2R – Partnering to Remember and the Memory Moleskine with a focus of memorizing the book of Philippians with friends and family.  Little did I know or could have ever imagined that the P2R Philippians Moleskine would be download by 40,000+ people and translated into multiple languages around the world.  Children as young as three joined in.  I heard from countless families employing P2R in the family dinners and devotions.  Numerous churches and youth groups embraced the challenge corporately.  Testimonies haven been shared across Facebook and Twitter on a daily and weekly basis, encouraging one another to press on in the meditation and memorization of God’s Word.  There has even been a P2R iOS app created for those who have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

The 16 week challenge officially ended yesterday, Easter Sunday.  It has truly been a privilege and joy to partake of this with so many folks both in my local church and the church worldwide.  I know that there are many of you who are still working on finishing the book of Philippians, and I strongly encourage you to press on.  The 16-week schedule was employed simply as a guide and template to provide accountability and challenge you to press on in memorizing Scripture.  The rewards and dividends of treasuring the Scripture in your heart and life will multiply in the weeks, months, and years to come.

Where do we go from here?

Because our minds are so quickly to forget and lose the impressions made through the pattern of memorizing large portions of Scripture, my encouragement for the immediate future would be to mediate, reflect on, and repeat again and again the book of Philippians from memory.  Work it over for the following weeks and months so that the book of Philippians can be quoted with little struggle for retrieval.  The longer and more sustained your reflection and repetition, the better it will be permanently sealed in your mind and heart.

Having said that, if you feel very comfortable with Philippians and have it securely embedded in your mind, you may want to consider memorizing smaller portions of the Bible, such as various Psalms or chapters in the Bible like Romans 8.  You can create a miscellaneous memory moleskine with various portions or chapters of Scripture that you are memorizing intermittently between books of the Bible.

Speaking of books of the Bible, I do plan to start another P2R Memory Moleskine until the new year. Below is a poll asking for your input.  Which book of the Bible should P2R seek to undertake?  Let me know your thoughts!

Again, thank you for partnering to remember with me and so many others.  Don’t stop now.  Memorization is for meditation, exhortation, application, and daily transformation.  May God’s Word be fresh manna to satisfy the appetite of a soul hungry to know God.

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Poll: Public Reading of Scripture

September 9, 2009

Michael Spencer (iMonk) has been working on a great blog series call “evangelical liturgy,” and his most recent offering addressed the public reading of Scripture.  Growing up in Southern Baptist churches all my life, I was not a member of a church that employed the public reading of Scripture until I was 26 years old.  I was originally planning on sharing about my journey into this practice here at Grace, but before I do, I wanted to poll the P&P audience and ask you about it.  So here it is.  Be sure to cast your vote!

* For clarification, I am not talking about the preacher reading the text as part of his sermon but rather a time dedicated to the public reading of Scripture outside the sermon itself, usually during the period of singing, where the congregation is called to hear the Word of God.

If you’d like to share why your church does or does not practice the public reading of Scripture, please do so in the comments.

Weekend Poll: Theological Education Options

July 11, 2009

Anyone who wants theological education can get one–at least here in the United States.  Whether it is institutions, ministries, or organizations, theological education has taken flight on the wings of technology and creativity that is encouraging to all who prize the words of our God who said,

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

In light of that, I am curious to know what options you have taken or benefited from, or those options would plan on pursuing in the future.  If you click “other,” please explain in the comments section.  Thanks!

Poll: Your Thoughts on Baptist Press on Mark Driscoll

February 11, 2009

Update: BP has revised their article this morning, and SEBTS has written a response as well.  My thoughts are forthcoming.

Here’s the article. Read it and vote.

Weekend Poll: Where Do You Buy Your Books?

December 21, 2008

For the weekend, I am curious to know where is (or has been) the main place you have purchased books.  Please take a moment to vote on this poll:

If you voted “other”, please specify in the comments where you buy your books.  Thanks, everyone, for voting!

“Other” votes include:

* Cumberland Valley Books (3)
* Ebay (3)
* Heritage Books (2)
* Goodwill (2)
* Abebooks.com (2)
* Bookcloseouts.com (1)
* Half.com
* Fetchbook.info
* Local area used bookstores
* Seminary bookstores