Scott, who is now with Life Training Institute but was with STR for several years, made this video greeting
that was played at the Biola Apologetics anniversary conference. We really appreciated his comments and reflection. In truth,
what he says is due in large part to his time at STR.
We’ll be taking a break from the challenges this month while
we’re sorting out the comment situation on the new blog. While things are
settling, feel free to bookmark and continue to follow the blog on the old
site, which will be up and running (with comments), as usual. We’ll be sure to
keep you updated in both locations when anything changes.
STR was founded today in 1993. You can read a bit about the history here.
has kept us and allowed us to play a part in His Kingdom. We're very
grateful. Our prayer is we bring Him glory and fulfill our mission to
equip Christian ambassadors with knowledge, wisdom, and character.
I'm not going to post a review each week. I will keep watching. But I wanted to follow up this week because the second episode reinforced my impression of the first. The big picture is missing. The signficance of events is left out of the history. And that is what the Bible is really about. I don't really understand the point of making a series about the Bible if the main point of it all is absent.
As I said last week, I'm entirely sympathetic to the massive task of selecting what events to include and what to leave out. Last night a half hour was spent on Samson. Now, that's an interesting story, but its importance in the Bible dosn't seem to justify 1/4 of the episode.
The episode began with the conquest of Jericho. The Israelite spies meet Rahab, and she tells them that the whole city is afraid of them. But the program didn't include that she was aware that the coming conquest wasn't just about national rivalries, which is the impression the program gives – it was about God's judgment for their sins, which she acknowledged deserved punishment. The reason for the conquest of the Canaanites was left out – the bigger picture.
Two episodes in David's life were stunningly devoid of the ultimate purpose. When David steps up to challenge Goliath, his purpose is to defend God's honor. He wonders how the Israelite army does not rise up at Goliath's taunts at God. That larger theme was totally missing. The point of David volunteering to fight Goliath wasn't just about the confrontation of two armies, but about the challenge of the Philistine army against the one true God. And David saw what Saul and his army completely missed.
Later when the prophet Nathan confronts David about his sin with Bathsheba, David's repentance is missing. That was a significant turning point in David's heart and commitment to God. When Nathan confronts him in the Bible, David repents and says, "I have sinned against the Lord." And of course, he writes Psalm 51 at some point. But in the episode last night, David never repents. He reacts defiantly to the pronouncement that his infant son will die as punishment. That was a stunning omission to me because it was the point of the story.
The Bible isn't just a series of events about the nation of Israel. The significance is what God was doing through the nation and individuals. It's about God. And that's what is disappointing to me in this series.
STR's 20th anniversary is coming in May, and Biola Apologetics is hosting a celebration conference May 10-11: Friday night and Saturday morning with STR speakers and other special guest speakers. More details and RSVP coming soon.
place for everything and everything in its place.
put it down; put it away.
1. Keep desk clear
2. Have a place
for everything, including all "to do's"
3. Never lose
track of any obligation, task, document, or idea
4. Have a plan
to follow to accomplish the tasks of each day
folders, 1-31 for each day of the month and Jan-Dec for each month of the year"In"
tray and "Today" traySoftware:
1Password, or equivalent
Things, or equivalent (organizes “To Dos”)
When a paper comes in:
it away or...
on it immediately, then throw it away or...
it immediately in the folder for the month it applies to or...
it's for the current month, file it in the folder for the day it applies to and
make an action note in Daytimer or “To Do” list for that day or...
an action note in the day or month that requires action, then throw it away
it in a permanent file for future reference.
When a task or appointment comes in:
on it immediately or...
it immediately for day or the month it applies to or...
it in a long term goals/task file for future reference.
the beginning of every month plan the month ahead.
a monthly "to-do" list of the tasks you want to complete that month,
including items from your "master list" of short term and long range
ideas/goals/tasks you want to pursued that month.
everything electronically (in scheduling calendar on your computer or
hand-held device) or in pencil (in your Daytimer)—your goals, deadlines,
meetings, appointments, etc.
check your monthly folder for that month and place any items in the particular
day they need action on for that month.
For example, if in January I receive plane tickets for a flight on
February 20, I will put those tickets in the February folder and forget about
them until February 1st.
Then on February 1st when I’m doing my monthly planning I’ll
take the tickets out and place them in the folder for the 20th. On the 20th I just check the
folder for that day and there are my tickets.
2. If you use a Daytimer, you must double
enter your appointments. Every
appointment is scheduled in the month-at-a-glance section and also as a detail
on the daily page.
3. At the beginning of each day (or
ideally the night before), plan your work with a list according to your daily
schedule. Be sure to do the most
critical/important/time sensitive tasks first (“big rocks first”). You might want to list tasks in one
column and phone calls in another, both in the order they should be done based
on their importance.
4. Stick with the list! Plan your work, then work your
plan. It may be most efficient to
do all of your phoning at one time at the beginning to quickly eliminate those
items. It's also easier to make
east coast calls in the morning.
5. Whatever is not finished by the end of
the day is either dropped or advanced to an appropriate day on your calendar in
the future. Don't just push it
into the next day. If it's not
urgent, move it later in the month when your schedule has more room.
6. When new ideas, tasks, or obligations
come in, enter them either in the master idea file, the monthly to-do file, or
the day in the present month or a future month they need to be addressed.
7. When new appointments are made, enter
8. Any information about appointments
(phone numbers, directions, etc.) should be detailed in the daily diary section
or the memo section or daily record.
9. Keep an extra section as a diary of
notes during the day. Write the
date, then jot any notes of importance (phone numbers, brief details of a
10. When new things come up, take brief
notes on paper if necessary and then enter them in your electronic schedule as
soon as possible.
The basic point is that in this system every name, number,
task, goal, appointment, or meeting has some place it can go in your system as
either a scheduled appointment, a scheduled task, or an unscheduled long-term
goal or task. In the case of
paper, it can go in a long term topical file (e.g., “insurance papers”), a
future month it needs to be acted on, a day in the current month it needs action,
or a general idea file.
email, I try to respond to each item immediately and get it out of the
way. If it relates to something
more long term I'll post the task in my calendar as a "to do" item or
print out the email and place it in one of the daily or monthly folders as
appropriate. The key for me is to
read as little as possible, get rid of everything as soon as possible, and keep
my email empty.
Principles of Time Management
rocks first,” i.e., work on the most important things, not necessarily the most
your work (the night before, if possible) then work your plan.3. Clear
your desk at the end of every day, placing loose papers in their
appropriate folder or file.4. Don’t
put it down, put it away.
Act on everything immediately—emails,
phone calls, etc.,—whenever possible to keep tasks from building up. Don’t put off until later something
that can be resolved right now.
Make an instant decision on each paper that
crosses your desk (act on it, file it properly, or throw it away).
over-schedule. Don’t put more
on your daily list then you can finish.
You’ll never have the satisfying feeling of closure.6. Ask: Is this the most important use of my
time right now?
7. In a few moments of idle time ask: What can I complete in the next ten
8. Break big projects into little projects,
smaller parts that you do one by one to accomplish the whole.
9. Under-promise, then over-deliver.
10. Aim for excellence, not perfection.
11. Plan to be 15 minutes early for each
Read this list weekly.
Just do it.
Do it now.
All things are easy to
industry. All things difficult to
overcomes difficulties. Sloth makes them.
“I daily become more
sensible that my work must be affected by constant and regular exertions rather
than sudden and violent ones.”—William Wilberforce