Summer Bible Study: Change and Your Relationships


This summer at Founders Baptist Church, where I serve as part-time Pastor of Adult Education & Discipleship, we are working through a study guide called Change and Your Relationships: A Mess Worth Making(by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp). We kick off the study on June 12 and then work through the 12 chapters until Sept 11 (one Sunday is a catch-up day). Most of our Adult Bible Fellowships (AFBs) are going through this study on Sundays at 9am (until 10:30), and I invite you to join us.

From the publisher’s website: “Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp skillfully help individuals and small groups identify the deeper issues that keep relationships less than they are designed to be. They give practical direction on how to resolve conflicts, have difficult conversations, grant forgiveness, overlook weaknesses, celebrate strengths, and grow casual relationships into deep friendships.”

From the front-matter of the Study Guide: “As you work through Change and Your Relationships, it is our hope that you will learn to think more clearly about the primary purpose of relationships and how important they are in conforming us to the likeness of Christ. This key idea of being conformed to Christ can and should radically reorient the way we think about friendships, marriages, relationships with our children and parents, our neighbors, coworkers, and everyone in between.”

Paul Tripp made an excerpt available online, which includes some of the introductory material and the first chapter. You can find it by clicking here.

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HBU Theology Conference This Week: FREE SESSIONS


In case you’re interested, there is a conference going on at Houston Baptist University at the end of this week commemorating the 500-year anniversary of the *first* published Greek New Testament, an event that helped fuel the Protestant Reformation. There are FOUR FREE plenary sessions, open to the public. I list them below, followed by more info on the conference. Please feel free to come, as well as to distribute this to anyone you think would be interested in attending any of the sessions. Some fine scholars will be speaking in the plenary sessions (Timothy George and Daniel Wallace, for example, as well as HBU’s own Craig Evans, and Reformation scholar Herman Selderhuis!).

Thursday, 7:30pm: Plenary Lecture 1 (Belin Chapel): Timothy George “Erasmus and the Search for the Christian Life”

Friday, 9:00-10:15am: Plenary Lecture 2 (Belin Chapel): Craig A. Evans “Erasmus and the Beginnings of Textual Fundamentalism”

Friday, 7:30pm: Plenary Lecture 3 (Belin Chapel): Daniel B. Wallace “Erasmus and the Publication of the First Greek New Testament”

Saturday, 9:00-10:15am: Plenary Lecture 4 (Belin Chapel): Herman Selderhuis “The Impact of Erasmus´ Biblical Work on the Reformation”

For more info on the conference, the schedule, and the speakers, click here.


HBU Theology Conference

Ad Fontes, Ad Futura:
Erasmus’ Bible and the Impact of Scripture

February 25-27, 2016
Houston Baptist University

In celebration of upcoming 500th anniversary of Erasmus’ Greek text and the Reformation, the Department of Theology at HBU, in conjunction with the Dunham Bible Museum, is pleased to host the conference Ad Fontes, Ad Futura: Erasmus’ Bible and the Impact of Scripture. The conference will consider the textual and historical issues surrounding the development of the Bible, the Bible’s impact on human society across the centuries, and the future of Biblical translation and interpretation in the future. Our keynote speakers include Craig Evans (Houston Baptist University), Timothy George (Beeson Divinity School, Samford University), Herman Selderhuis (Theological University Apeldoorn) and Daniel B. Wallace (Dallas Theological Seminary). The plenary talks are free and open to the public.

The conference will be held at Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX. The conference fee is $40, which includes refreshments and coffee. Accommodations and meals are not included in the conference fee.

If you are affiliated with HBU (faculty, staff, or student), admission to the conference is free. To register please send an email from your HBU account to, giving your name as you want it on your nametag.

Register and pay online now.

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You’re Invited to Hear Dr. Danny Akin in Houston, Fri-Sun, March 27-29 for FREE Conference

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Friday, March 27th – 7:00pm
Saturday, March 28th – 7:00pm
Sunday, March 29th – 9:00am & 10:30am

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There is NO CHARGE to attend. Click here to see full announcement at the Founders Baptist Church website. Location of Founders Baptist: 24724 ALDINE WESTFIELD RD. SPRING, TX 77373

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Linguistics and the Greek Verb Conference Announcement!

Looks like a wonderful conference. Hats off to Chris Fresch for helping to get something like this rolling, along with a tremendous cast of characters (yes, *characters*!). Wish I could be there. Maybe Mike Aubrey can go and live-blog every phoneme for us!🙂

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I am very excited to announce “Linguistics and the Greek Verb: Recent Discussions and their Implications for NT Exegetes” — a Greek linguistics conference taking place in Cambridge, England, this July!

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The aim of the conference is to bring together NT scholars, linguists, and Classicists to discuss the Greek verbal system in a way that is clear and that moves the conversation forward while acknowledging and respecting the discussions of the past three decades within Biblical Studies. (If you would like to read the backstory of this conference, see my post “How We Got to Where We’re Going: A Story.”) I am incredibly excited about this conference. Not only will we have some phenomenal speakers from within the Biblical Studies guild, but we will also have the benefit of learning from Classicists, voices often not heard in Biblical Studies.

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OT Scholar Ronald F. Youngblood dies at age of 82

I’ve been tied up with enough things over the past few weeks to manage to have missed this news until today. On July 5, 2014, Dr. Ronald Youngblood passed into glory. He taught Old Testament/Hebrew for Bethel Seminary at both the Saint Paul, MN and the San Diego, CA campuses (retiring from the latter in 2001). A fine gentleman and faithful, godly biblical scholar, he will be missed. Here are links to some of the sites reflecting on his life and service.


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Wanna’ Study Biblical Greek This Summer at Southwestern Seminary in Houston?

ANNOUNCEMENT:  I’m teaching Turbo Greek at Southwestern Seminary-Houston starting Tuesday, May 13 .  We will cover a full year of Biblical Greek in 10 wks.  The Greek course meets Tuesdays/Fridays from 8am to noon. In order for the course to make we need enough people committed by the end of the day tomorrow–Friday, May 9.  Please email me (psmarshall AT gmail DOT com) if you need details and I’ll get you set up.

Also, you could contact the following about enrolling ASAP:

Hudson Hanks (
Director of Business & Student Services
713.634.0011 ext. 222

Please spread the word if you know anyone who is interested!

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Grace in the Grocery Aisle

I really appreciated the perspective that this post provided. I’ve always liked the proverb about oxen, clean mangers, and the strength that an ox supplies, but how she used it in the context of weary days and wishing them away was insightful. Take and read.

Women Walking Wisely

Woman in Grocery Store I hate grocery shopping.  Hate is a strong word.  Do I really hate grocery shopping?  Let me think about it . . . YES.

I don’t know what it is about grocery shopping that I deplore.  Maybe it’s figuring out menus, lists, etc.  Maybe it’s the wearisome monotony of walking the same aisles week after week.   Maybe it’s how it invades my valuable Saturday afternoons. Whatever it is . . . I disdain it.

One afternoon I headed off to the grocery store with a list in my hand and an over-sized, pity-party, life-is-miserable attitude in my heart.  I was exhausted, ticked off, and ready to quit.  I was sick and tired of taking care of everyone else, but never having time for me.  Me.  Me.  Me.

My frustration did not abate as I shopped.  It grew.  That grocery shopping trip was the last straw.  As I angrily stomped down…

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