By admin | September 15, 2008
Submitted by Prof. Renihan
The Lord is at work doing wonderful things, and for this I am very thankful. The new semester has started with several very fine new students, my class on Puritanism is progressing well, and all the rest of the Fall activities are up and running. This means that I find myself in the midst of my busiest time of the year. In addition to all of my regular responsibilities, I am filling the pulpit several times at our church, Escondido Reformed Baptist Church, and I have a very busy travel schedule. On Friday and Saturday of this week I will be teaching (along with IRBS Fellow Dr. Fred Malone) an extension class in Fayetteville, GA. We continue these classes in October and November. In addition, I will be flying to PA for the ARBCA School of Church Planting, and I have a very full and busy 2-week preaching trip to Ireland coming up in late October. In addition, I have a couple of writing responsibilities (for RBTR), and, my book on 17th century Baptist ecclesiology is just about to be published.
My last day-off was Labor Day, Sept. 1, and I don’t expect to have another day-off until October 12! That’s six weeks of solid ministry work. This leads me to ask for prayer in two ways:
1. Would you pray that I find time for adequate preparation for all of these responsibilities? Some of them require lots of work, and I feel the pressure of making certain that I do the appropriate work to be ready for the work. The trip to Ireland especially needs a lot of diverse preparation time. I am speaking to many different groups (churches, 2 conferences, 2 different ministerial fraternals and the Irish Baptist Historical Society), and I want to serve them well.
2. Would you pray for physical strength during this time? This manifests itself in 2 ways: sufficient sleep, and mental ability to change gears from one responsibility to another. I find that I tend to focus on the very next responsibility, which sometimes makes it difficult to look ahead. Just this past weekend, I was speaking at a Men’s retreat here in SoCal. On Saturday, I used the free time in the afternoon to prepare for my next duty, but found that at 4:30, I just had to stop. My mind was over-saturated. I know that this will be a potential difficulty from now until the end of the year.
Of course I am also concerned that I make proper time to spend with my family! All in all, these nexxt months will be full.
For this reason, I suspect that posts on the website will be fewer for a while. I hope that you all will understand the circumstances. I expect to post occassional excerpts from my lectures on Puritanism, and I have several ideas for things that I would like to write, but it has to have a lower priority than it has had for a while.
Thank you for your prayers and interest in this work.
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