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While at Cameroon I read “God Work: Confessions Of A Stand Up Theologian” by Randy Harris. It was published in 2009 by Leafwood Press in Abilene, TX. Randy Harris is a Bible Professor at Abilene Christian University also in Abilene. The book has a total of 163 pages and 12 chapters. If I understand right this book is a collection of lessons Randy has presented over the years.
The first chapter is on doctrinal disagreement: must it be war (?). Of course it doesn’t, but way too many times it does.
The remainder of the book is broken down into four sections. The first section is Looking For God. In these three chapters Randy talks about God being in all things, that He works in all things. That we have the right to chose and God works in and through our choices that honor Him. We chose to have God part of our choices and decision making.
The second section talks about three theological explosions. These are the explosions of grace, experience, and presence. We all need God’s grace. When we get His grace, we experience Him, and His presence in our lives.
The third section is Navigating the Brave New World. This section addresses life after the death of humanity and the gospel after the death of truth. Life after the death of humanity talks about how society dehumanizes people. Even when we are trying to help people we end up putting them down and making them feel bad about themselves. In gospel after the death of truth, Mr Harris talks about the gospel in a world that says anything and everything goes. That there is absolute truth. And that truth is in the gospel.
And the forth section is The Kingdoms of Earth and the Kingdom of God. In this section Randy talks about God’s Kingdom trumps over all allegiances: to family, to country, to friends, and everything else. Randy talks about the power and powerlessness of all in society in general and those in political power. And lastly he talks about being an American or Christianity. There is a lot of good in the United States of America, but there is a lot about our country that goes against Christianity also. Our first and primary allegiance is to God and not to our country.
I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to any one. I fully endorse this excellent work by Professor Randy Harris.

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Cameroon Trip

Greetings everyone! I returned from the trip to Cameroon, Central Africa. I went with four other men. Their names are Jim Corner, Kurt Simmons (both of these are from my home church), Michael Baker(from Laural, MD), and Josh Hardy(from Altoona, PA).
My group and I left June 9th and traveled to Paris, France on June 10th. We spent that day touring Paris. That was my first time to be there. Got to see Norte Dame and the Eiffle Tower. The Effle Tower was HUGE! I traveled to Paris, TX while going through AIM. Paris, TX has a much shorter Effle Tower that has a cowboy boot on top of it. The real Effle Tower was much bigger and was very impressive.
On June 11th we flew from Paris to Douala, Cameroon. We met with three Cameroonian preachers who we have known since 1996. There names are Jean (John) Claude, Louis, and Vincent. We spent a day in Douala through the 12th and went to our first ministry site in Ekondo Ti Ti. We stayed in a hotel there June 13th through the 16th. We traveled to different villages in and around Ekondo Ti Ti the 14th through the 16th. Jean Claude and I personally taught ten people with one person deciding to become a Christian. We were blessed to teach a Bible class and preach each day as well.
On June 17th we traveled from Ekondo Ti Ti to Kumba were we stayed through the 21st. We were going to split our time between two different villages. On Thursday the first place we were going to go apparently didn’t even know we were going to be there. We went out there and discovered the church there wasn’t prepared at all. So Jean Claude and I went to other villages were our teammates were working. In one place we studied with four precious souls and three responded to the gospel for baptism. The next day (Friday) we went to a different village. We studied with one precious soul and that one decided to become a Christian.
The next two days (Saturday and Sunday) Jean Claude and I got to spend time in one place. This village was called Three Corners Fiango. On Saturday Jean Claude and I taught a Bible class and taught one soul who decided to be baptized on Sunday morning before Bible class. On Sunday we taught a Bible class and Jean Claude preached. We taught another precious soul who decided to be a Christian. We preached one more time and the work portion of the trip was completed.
Monday we left Kumba and went down to Douala. Tuesday night we flew from Douala to Paris. We had a layover of four or five hours and flew from Paris to Dallas.
We arrived in Dallas a little bit before 3 PM Wednesday afternoon.
The trip was absolutely awesome! I loved making new friends and renewing the friendships we made the first time I went there.
Thank you all for thinking about me and praying for me.
I read a book while we were out there and will make a blog review of that tomorrow or the next day.
God bless you all. Grace and Peace.

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Cameroon

Greetings one and all. Today is the day. Today four other guys and I will fly to Paris, France. We should arrive there tomorrow morning there time (June 10th). We’ll spend the day there and fly to Cameroon on the 11th.
I’m really excited about this trip! We’ll be working side by side with the Cameroonian brethren. We’ll be preaching and teaching, and the Cameroonian brethren will be translating for us. I’m really looking forward to this!
I will not take my computer or cell phone with me on this trip. I promise to report on what happened during the trip when I get home on the 24th (Lord willing).
Please keep us in your prayers. I get really worried while flying. We’ll be fine. This is going to be a great trip!
I’ll write about the trip as soon as possible after returning home. Thank you all for the prayers. God bless. Grace and Peace.

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Weekly Update

Greetings one and all! My classmates and I finished our first year of the two year program at Sunset International Bible Institute at the end of May. My parents got into Lubbock Friday night to see Katie, Jacob, Allie, I. We packed my car and my parents’ van. On Saturday at noon we left Lubbock and drove back home. And it is so good to be home! Loving every second of it!
At this moment I don’t know how I did in my classes for school this last term. I am fairly confident about most of them, and extremely nervous about one of them. Just hoping and praying I past all of them!
On Tuesday, I leave for Cameroon. Really excited about this trip! I am part of a group of five guys. Three of us, including myself, are from my home congregation. The other two are from Maryland. We’ll be teaching the gospel using World Bible School materials. We’ll be working side by side with our Cameroonian brethren. These brothers will be translating for us. It’s going to be pretty cool!
Since being at home I have met my new baby nephew, Conner Blaze Chism. Super cute baby boy! Can’t wait to get to know him! I love being Uncle Zeebo to my two nieces: Mady and Allie and to my baby nephew Conner!
School starts back up on August 10th. I plan to take the Congregational Ministry courses, to hopefully develop my speaking skills (or lack there of), leadership skills (or lack there of), and church planting.
My personal hopes and goals in ministry are in church planting, leadership development, and campus ministry.
I don’t know where God would send me, but I want to be adequately trained to go wherever God sends me to and to do whatever God wants me to do. God bless us all as we go about these things!
I will post again on Monday. God bless you all! Grace and Peace.

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Greetings everyone! I read Patrick Mead’s blog for the first time yesterday. He wrote a GREAT post on the season of prayer he and his wife are currently in for themselves, their family, and the church they serve in the Detroit, MI area. I am absolutely going to pray for them, my family, church, and my self. As many of you know I have been attending Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, TX. I have some ideas of what the Lord can use me to do, and places He would have me to go. But ultimately, I want to be adequately trained and be open to what the Lord would have me to do and where He would have me to go.
I highly recommend Patrick Mead’s blog. Check it out at http://www.patrickmead.net.
God bless! Grace and Peace.

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