Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Seventh Heaven

Chicle tagged me, so I guess I'm in.

Seven things to do before I die (in no particular order):

1. Baptize my children on the basis of their credible profession of faith
2. More consistently love my wife as Christ loves His church
3. Be a more Christ-honoring father to my (soon-to-be-five) daughters
4. Be an exemplary shepherd to Christ's flock
5. Write a helpful Christian book
6. Visit Geneva and stand in Calvin's pulpit
7. Catch a 6-lb bass while fishing with my Dad

Seven things I cannot do:

1. Enjoy watching soccer
2. Eat anchovies
3. Stand on my hands
4. Funtionally converse in any foreign language
5. Give up Scrabble
6. Understand why ballroom dancing is an Olympic sport
7. Draw

Seven things that attract me to my spouse:

1. Her ravishing beauty
2. Her unfailing support of me and my ministry
3. Her theological acumen
4. Her love for and devotion to our (ever-increasing) family
5. Her honest and constructive criticism of my preaching and living
6. Her awareness of her own sin and love of the remedy of the Gospel
7. Let's just say that she knows her way around our kitchen

Seven things I say most often:

1. "You see"
2. "...paints a picture"
3. "hey, buddy" (to my daughters)
4. "In other words"
5. "That's unacceptable" "As it were"
6. "As I noted earlier"
7. "for the record" "If you will"
[P.S. Most of these are preacher-isms that you'll hear frequently when I'm in the pulpit. Update: On the recommendation of some of the young people in the my congregation, I replaced a couple of the sayings with some of my more frequently utilized preacher-isms.]

Seven books (or series) I love:

1. Iain Murray's two-volume biography of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
2. Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion
3. Spurgeon's two-volume autobiography
4. Arnold Dallimore's two-volume biography of George Whitefield
5. John MacArthur's The Gospel According to the Apostles
6. Peggy Noonan's When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan
7. Bunyan's Pilgim's Progress
[Of course, this assumes that the Bible is at the head of any such list of favorite books]

Seven movies I would watch over and over again:

1. Hoosiers
2. Braveheart
3. The Patriot
4. Remember the Titans
5. Monty Python's Holy Grail
6. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
7. Hotel Rwanda

Seven people I want to join in, too:

1. My wife
2. Morgan
3. P. Shirley
4. Goff
5. Lamey
6. My brother
7. Rob