In His Own Words: Why Chris Norman Said No to the NFL

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A little over a week ago I shared a video testimony of a Michigan State University football team captain who is a Christian and who could have been drafted by the NFL, but chose instead to go to seminary. That man is Chris Norman and a few days ago he wrote a follow-up blog post to the video which gives further clarity into God’s leading in his life and further encouragement for us.

The part I appreciate the most is where he discusses how he discerned God’s will on this difficult question. He describes five steps for him that collectively gave him confidence that God was leading him to seminary, not the NFL. His thoughts on this are edifying to me. I also really appreciate that he affirms the legitimacy of football and Christians playing the sport to glorify God.

Check out, in his own words, why Chris Norman said No to the NFL.

If you missed the video from last week, be sure to watch it (it’s about 11 minutes & very well done).

Also, I encourage you to share the video (and Chris Norman’s own words) with any young Christian guy you know who plays football (or even other sports). It’s worth their time.

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Journey Through the Old Testament this Fall

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For those of you who don’t know, I have the wonderful privilege of teaching two introductory survey of the Old Testament courses to junior and senior high school students (18 in total) this Fall. Throughout the semester, I anticipate sharing various helpful things from these classes as I prepare for each week’s sessions and discuss with students the meaning of the OT. Stay tuned for helpful goodies here on my blog including book overviews, insights into key events and themes, questions, resources, quotes, and probably more.

For my senior high students, they will be reading Paul Benware’s Survey of the Old Testament (Moody Publishers, 2003), a highly readable book with full-color pictures, charts, and maps. I chose this particular book as their textbook because it is fairly succinct (without being too simple), but also looks inviting through its helpful images and appealing design. I hope this proves to be a good choice.

In his book, Benware is fairly clear about the purpose of his writing, which happens to fit very well with one of my main goals for the classes. Here it is:

The purpose of this study to to assist the Bible student in seeing the pattern, progression, and unity of the Old Testament Scriptures and to be able to think through the entire Old Testament. A person must see the ‘big picture,’ and then he can begin to relate the various parts to this comprehensive view (13-14).

In addition to this, I also want to stress seeing Christ in the Old Testament (something not addressed enough in the textbooks my students will read). Far too many Christians (both young and old) would say that Jesus comes on the scene at Bethlehem in Matthew, while either forgetting or not realizing that He is present all the way back in Genesis 1 and throughout the OT. I have been blessed to come across two great resources that are helping me learn about this grand topic.

Will you join my students and I in a quest to see the “big picture” of the Old Testament and then follow with us as we relate parts of the OT to the whole, stopping occasionally to see Jesus along the way?

Women are Equal Heirs with Men in Christ

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In calling both Christian men and women sons, the Bible is saying that we enjoy the same privileged legal status and benefits as sons did in the time of Paul’s writing. This doesn’t exclude women in any way. Rather, in New Testament days the family life and inheritance were passed on through the sons, not the daughters, and by calling men and women “sons,” the Bible bestows on both the highest honor and most privileged familial position in that culture. Men and women are equally adopted with equal legal standing and an equal inheritance from God the Father.

From Mark Driscoll’s Who Do you Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2013), p. 235 n.6.

My wife and I just “happened” to find this book at a local Savers yesterday as we shopped for clothes 50% off. I love it when God gives us surprises like this!

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