FROM THE ARCHIVEHeroes & Icons from
Teacher of The Faith By BILLY
JILLIAN EDELSTEIN FOR TIME
FROM THE TIME
My association and friend-ship with the Rev. Dr. John Stott began in 1954,
when we were both young men. I was an unknown evangelist, and John and the
church he led at All Souls, Langham Place, gave our team an unreserved welcome
before our first crusade in London and helped with my ministry at Oxford and
Cambridge. He became one of my closest friends, advisers and confidants.
In the early '60s, John created the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican
Communion. From the outset, it offered training scholarships in the West to
potential future leaders in Asia, Africa and South America—many of whom took up
high positions when they returned to their own countries. Today they are in
charge of church movements with millions of members; John's work is a
significant factor in the explosive growth of Christianity in parts of the Third
Despite numerous opportunities to be appointed bishop, archbishop or to
head some of the world's finest theological seminaries, John Stott, 84, has held
true to what he sees as a wider calling—the equipping of leaders in countries
where resources and experience are limited. His provision of theological books
for these regions is financed in large measure with the royalties from his
considerable—and popular—writings. The modesty of his lifestyle is evidenced in
the simplicity of his living quarters, limited to a two-room flat in London's
West End, and a renovated farm on the Welsh coast, where he has written his
I can't think of anyone who has been more effective in introducing so many
people to a biblical world view. He represents a touchstone of authentic
biblical scholarship that, in my opinion, has scarcely been paralleled since the
days of the 16th century European Reformers.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
It was humbling. Usually, I'm pretty chatty with whomever I have to see about these medical tests, but I was quiet through this one. When I saw the image of my heart, I felt protective and some regret about not taking more care of myself. I became aware of my heart's vulnerablity and importance. If it could talk, what would my heart say to me?
In the Bible, God mentions the heart a lot. Scripturally, the heart is the seat of emotions, thoughts, ideas and desire. God searches the heart, examines it and knows it. He enlightens, opens, establishes and encourages it. He even re-creates it, according to Ezekial 11:19.
Vicki explained to me that a valve can get rigid over time, and unable to do its job as a doorman as efficiently, allowing the heart to get a back up of blood in its chamber. As I have been thinking about it, it is a good analogy of having a "hard heart". As I watched my valve flop around like a wet spaghetti noodle, it conveyed the illustration of having a "heart of flesh".
So, physically and spiritually, I need to "watch over [my] heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life" Proverbs 4:23
Debbie said the results from the test would be ready in a couple of days. If there was a problem, I'd be having to talk with a cardiologist before I left the hospital, but Debbie said that I was free to go home. So, I went to Starbucks and had a cup of House Blend. I met up with Karen, who is a regular customer and we sat in comfy chairs and chatted for an hour about health issues. Karen lost 40 pounds over the last 5 months since her vitamin D deficiency was diagnosed and she got a prescription strength dose. She says that's a common problem in Michigan with the long winters, since you get Vitamin D from sunshine.
I've lost a total of 30 pounds since October. I celebrated yesterday by using a Christmas gift card from Dennis to buy pretty underwear two sizes down from what I usually wear. It fits perfectly. Rewards help me to stay motivated. I also bought some clothes for work outs--a sports bra and some great walking shoes. I walked three miles in the park, the exercise classes are making me feel very stiff, so the shoes were a great investment.
Speaking of clothing, it is really rough for plus sized ladies like me. I got two specialty catalogues in the mail for women in my size catagory. After perusing it, I decided that I'll never order from these again. Every year, I get gift cards from my dad for a large women's sized clothing chain for Christmas and my birthday. I usually don't think about it, but now I realize that in a way it says "You were fat last year. You are fat this year. You'll be fat next year." And every time I use it, I'm giving in to the idea. My mom started this tradition before she died, and Dad keeps it up--I don't think he knows the clothing chain. Although it is nice to dress well at any weight, I think that I need to start thinking about saving money to buy new clothes that will fit me at a much smaller size. A lot of last year's clothes are now too big already.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
- I surprised myself.
- I do look a lot worse than I realized.
- But, I am a lot more stronger and capable than I know.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
"It's not telling too much to report that this glory is Art - in Babette's
case, a very special God-given talent. ''Babette's Feast'' is an affirmation
of Art as the force by which, in the words of the old pastor (who never
quite realized what he was saying), ''righteousness and bliss,'' otherwise
known as the spirit and the flesh, shall be reconciled."
Monday, April 09, 2007
It is April, isn't it?
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
Oh, the flowers of indulgence and the weeds of yesteryear,
Like criminals, they have choked the breath of conscience and good
The sun beat down upon the steps of time to light the way
To ease the pain of idleness and the memory of decay.
I gaze into the doorway of temptation's angry flame
And every time I pass that way I always hear my name.
Then onward in my journey I come to understand
That every hair is numbered like every grain of sand.
--Bob Dylan, Every Grain of Sand from Shot of Love
Who wrote the above lyrics?
A. Pope Benedict
B. J.S. Bach
C. Mick Jagger
D. Bob Dylan