Month: January 2013

Exploring ‘God Behaving Badly’

Dave at BucknellThe headline story on Associated Baptist Press on Friday focused on God Behaving Badly, where I was interviewed by Jeff Brumley about the book and my sermon at Memorial Baptist Church in Columbia, MO.

Check it out the interview: Exploring ‘God Behaving Badly’.  (No, the picture wasn’t from this weekend, but from almost a year ago at Bucknell.  Since the picture, I’ve lost weight and hair.)

Kevin Glenn, the pastor of the church, is going to continue speaking on God Behaving Badly.

Healthwise, I was good (thanks to those of you who were praying), but we had troubles with flights.  We had two separate flights get canceled on us (fog in Philly), so we didn’t return until today (Monday), which meant the boys were home alone.  Upon our arrival, we were pleased to see the house still standing.

 

Dave’s speaking again

Back in October I canceled 5 speaking engagements due to my health problems (damaged vocal chords, serious reflux, sleeplessness, panic attacks, weight loss–25 pounds).  Since those cancelations, I haven’t agreed to any outside teaching engagements (I have continued to teach at my Seminary, and at my church).

Memorial Baptist ChurchBut this Sunday, that changes.  I’m going to preach at Memorial Baptist Church in Columbia, Missouri.

God has been slowly healing me.  Praise God and thank you to all my friends who have been consistently praying for me.

My vocal cords are almost 100%, and the reflux is under control.  I still have to take four monster pills every day–I call them über-Tums–but only rarely do I need to take real Tums.  And the best news of all: I’ve begun to eat dessert again (only small pieces so far–OK, small for me is normal size for most people).

God has been teaching me profound spiritual lessons along the way (see my past few blog posts for details).

I am your shepherd
Suffering Training
The Most Overused Psalm
What do I have to be thankful for?  A Lightbulb

If you’re looking for someone to speak on the Old Testament, particularly God Behaving Badly, let me know (dlamb@biblical.edu).  The calendar for 2013 is currently wide-open.

Thank you Jesus, for healing me, and the lessons you’ve been teaching me. 

It’s good to be afflicted…

BonhoefferMy dad called yesterday.  He was clearly excited.  He left a message at my office then called me at home.  He was reading through the biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. The allusion to the George Smiley novel might be enough to entice one to read it.

“David”  (My Dad calls me by my full name.)  “I just read about Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s favorite verse in the Bible.  Guess what it is.”

“There’s a lot to choose from, Dad.  I have no idea.”  (It was about 5:00 pm–I’m low energy at that point in time.)

“Make a wild stab at it.”

“OK.  How about something from Psalm 119?”

“Yes.  Actually, Psalm 119, verse 71–It was good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn thy statutes.  You and Bonhoeffer share a love for Psalm 119.”  (See my 40-plus blog posts on Psalm 119.)

“Yes, Dad.  That’s true.”

Bonhoeffer was reflecting on this verse as he decided to leave the US to return to Germany, where within 3 years he would become a martyr.

While my health problems the past 5 months have seemed brutal to me, my afflictions are mild compared to what Bonhoeffer experienced.  But I am forced (reluctantly) to agree with the psalmist and the martyr, it is good to be afflicted. It forces us to be more dependent upon God and God’s word.

Based on my father’s enthusiastic endorsement, my wife Shannon just ordered the Bonhoeffer book for me.  I’ll let you know how it is.

So, how do you feel about affliction?