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A Story of God's Sovereignty, cont.

You may have heard the rest of the story, but it is worth telling just a bit of it again. Adoniram went on to seminary with a passion that set him apart. He again graduated atop his class and was given several offers to fill some of the most "prestigous" pulpits in the Boston area. He refused. He felt a different calling. His vision was to take the gospel to India, yet he knew no other men or women who felt a similar calling...until. Until, a group of young men his age arrived on campus and declared that just recently they had sensed God's call to foreing missions. The Haystackers, they called themselves, because they had committed themselves to this end beside a haystack late one evening.

Now that Adoniram had comrades to set out for India, they had the daunting task of finding the funding to do so. We don't too often think of missionaries personally raising financial support back in the day, at least I don't, but here is a group of guys who did just th…

A Story of God's Sovereignty

Brilliance. Repentance. Transformation. Vision. Sacrifice. Commitment. Passion. Courage. Faith. Love. Steadfastness. Boldness.

These words describe a man who was born in early 19th century America. A man who gave up prestige, fame and success all for the sake of the Gospel. Adoniram Judson was the first foreign missionary from the USA (to my knowledge) and I just finished reading his story, a story that will undoubtedly impact the way I live.

Adoniram Judson was born to a God-fearing couple in the newly found America, his father was even a Congregationalist minister in Massachusettes. Adoniram was fluent in Greek by the age of 12. But when he went off to school at Brown University, he had to face the questions of his previously unquestioned faith. God no longer existed, the Gospel made no sense anymore. Through the influence of a close friend on campus, Adoniram proudly named himself an Athiest. Now, to tell the parents.

His mother and father were saddenned, even shocked by the…

New Widget

I just added this cool widget on my sidebar. It's from LibraryThing and it keeps my blog updated with the 5 books I am currently reading or have recently read. There are several different (and simple) style options, but I've replaced my favorite books with my recently read books. Amber gave me this little pocket sized book that I wanted, "The Way to Love." And no, it's not written by the Ladies Man. It is the last meditations of a Jesuit priest from India, Anthony de Mello. He has 31 reflections from 31 different verses in the New Testament. Pretty counter-cultural stuff. Very good.

Off With a Bang

I didn't waste anytime making the most of 2007. On new year's day, I asked Amber to marry me....and yes, she said yes :) I suppose that explains quite a bit as to why I have been really absent from blogging the last two months. Between finishing support raising, the holidays, planning the engagement, buying a ring, moving to Champaign and getting ready for my new job, I've been a wee bit busy. There is so much I could say right now about how amazing Amber is and how excited we are about spending the rest of our lives together, but I'm going to keep it simple and save her the embarassment (I know you're reading this). If you want to hear the story, ask nicely and I might acquiesce :) I'll tell you this much, I was going for suprise and romance and I got both.

In the meantime, here are a few photos I shot over the course of the "engagement weekend."