The morning sun is just beginning to peak behind the cloudy, gray-streaked sky. It is 6:30 a.m., and the kingfishers are awake with me. I hear their eager chirping against the backdrop of rain gently pattering against the tile roof. I am reading through 1 Peter in my quiet time and am struck by chapter four, verses 17–18. “For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And if the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner.”
From 7:00–8:00 a.m., I take time for seminary class review. Reading through my notes, making sure the material is clear and helpful to meet the needs of many different students. Praying the lessons are beneficial in shaping them into effective pastors and future church leaders. I look forward to breakfast with my family. They are cheerful and talkative and one of my favorite blessings in life.
At 8:00 a.m., I arrive at my seminary office and spend time grading papers. It is a joy to realize that the students are growing, not only in their academics, but in their likeness to Christ. I see the effects of deep study in the Word on their character as they become more holy and spiritually mature. At 9:30, I begin my first class, Hebrew exegesis. From 11:15–1:00 p.m. I teach “Expository Preaching Through the Gospels.” This is one of my favorite classes as it provides the building blocks for the students to grow as preachers while studying the life and ministry of Christ. At 1:00 p.m., all the teachers and students join together for lunch and fellowship. Afterward, I am available to speak and pray with students who are seeking personal or academic counseling. It is important for me to be available to come alongside and encourage these men.
My advanced class on eschatology begins at 2:00 p.m. At 3:45, I begin grading new assignments and planning lessons for the next day. This is also when I prepare my sermon for Sunday morning. I love studying the Word and discovering the intention of the Spirit in the text.
At 6:00 p.m., our family enjoys dinner together, then we either attend a home fellowship group or host members of the church or friends for fellowship, counseling, and mutual edification. By 8:30 our family is home enjoying time together. From 10:00–11:30 p.m., I spend time reading and studying the Old Testament before I go to sleep.
I am always encouraged by God’s providential care for our family, church, and students. I am thankful for the discipline and pruning that protects and sanctifies His church. It is humbling and refining, recognizing that we have been set apart to do His will in our lives. I am reminded of one of my favorite verses, “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14).
For me to pastor and teach at a seminary overseas is not just a job, it’s a delight. I count it a joy to do what I love every day—study the depths of wisdom and knowledge contained in Scripture and witness the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives. I can’t imagine doing anything else!
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