My father Richard Lamb is a physicist. To be precise, a gamma-ray astrophysicist. What he does isn’t rocket science, it’s more complicated than that.
He loved his job (he’s retired now). But I remember he used to say, “I can’t believe they pay me to do this.” I wouldn’t say that if I were doing gamma-ray astrophysics. But he loved his job.
With the snowstorm that struck the Philadelphia area today (see image of our backyard this afternoon, and on the far left, our sniffing rescue mutt, Tiglath-pileser IV; picture taken by son Noah Lamb), the class that I’m teaching with my wife Shannon at Biblical Seminary got cancelled. It means I didn’t need to frantically prepare all day, didn’t need to send out the class notes, didn’t need to start teaching at 5:30 pm, didn’t need to teach through dinner, didn’t need to teach until 10:15 pm.
Good news, right? Nope. I was really disappointed. I love teaching, and this snow storm was going to deprive me of this opportunity. I realize I lot of people have jobs that would be impossible to love, or would love to have a job period. So, I’m thankful I get to do something I enjoy. I love teaching the Bible.
I guess I’m in the right job. Like my dad.
At the end of WWII, President Truman needed someone to run a food aid program for post-war Europe to potentially save 100 million people. Who did he select? It’s someone you’ve heard of, but not someone you would have expected.
To find out more, read my blog post on Biblical Seminary’s faculty blog: Missional Presidents and Missional Partnerships.
Is it possible that the church can learn from the example of Republican and Democrat presidents about how to work together across traditional boundaries? Yes.
While still unusual, “Missional Partnerships” among Christians are becoming more common. In the post I mention two examples of Christians working together across denominational boundaries to advance God’s mission. (I also discuss the book, The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity a great read, by the way.)
Two nights ago (after I had written this blog post), I attended a reception for high school students with my son Nathan (a junior) hosted by five schools: Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn and Stanford. When I told one of my friends about the reception he asked, “Did they all bag on each other?” Shockingly, they did not. It was impressive to see highly competitive schools work together for a common goal. I wish denominations could reach across boundaries to work together like these presidents and these colleges.
God, make this more true of the Church.
Where have you seen missional partnerships among Christians?
Stephanie Lowery is an alum of Biblical Seminary, and one of my first Teaching Assistant’s here. Now she’s a doctoral student in Theology at Wheaton. This is her review of God Behaving Badly for the Wheaton doctoral student blog. She says it’s the best book she’s read this year (she probably doesn’t read many books).
Review: David Lamb’s “God Behaving Badly” « For Christ and His Kingdom.
My first youtube video (about 2.5 minutes). Low expectations. Basically, a talking head.
(No you can’t just click on the photo below. I have the poor man’s version of WordPress, which doesn’t let you do that, you have to click on the hyperlink which then takes you to youtube.)
God Behaving Badly at Bucknell.wmv – YouTube.
On Feb 13 I’m speaking for InterVarsity at Bucknell University on the second chapter of God Behaving Badly. Jesse North, IV staff at Bucknell asked for a promo video.
I’d never done a video before, so I got directions from the good IT folks at Biblical Seminary. Downloaded Windows Movie Maker. Recorded a few short clips, none of which had any sound. Adjusted the settings. Started recording. Had sound. (It works better with sound–although silent is hot these days, see Oscar nominations.) Set records for numbers of blinks in a 2-minute period. Deleted a whole bunch of really lousy videos. Kept the least lousy one.