Monthly Archives: October 2011

Book Review: The Pilgrim’s Progress

A few months ago one of our best friends read the classic christian book The Pilgrim’s Progress. He was constantly telling us what a good book it was. So, I thought I would add it to my list of books I’d like to read, I didn’t know when I was going to read it, but I knew I wanted to.

Then I found The Pilgrim’s Progress in modern English, I knew I had to read it! This book was full of color pictures that made the story come to life. There were also editor notes that provided more information and scripture references through the entire book.

I am so glad that I read this book. Every Christian needs to read this book. It truly was that amazing! It’s probably safe to assume many of you have read this book, but for those who haven’t I urge you to pick up a copy!

John Bunyan, the original author, shares the journey of Christian (The main character) on his way to the Celestial City in a way that makes the reader truly understand more their journey towards eternity. At times it is sad, other times it is happy. Sometimes you are resting, sometimes you are busy.

Of course, Christian runs into a few difficulties and also meets lots of people. Every person Christian meets or difficulty that he is met with can be compared similarly to our lives and interactions. This book has made me think a lot about my journey so far and some high and low moments in my own life.

I cannot believe that I just read this book, I wish I would have read it when I was newer to my faith. However, it was still powerful and life changing. This book will be on my bookshelf for a very long time and I think I will be rereading it often.

If you have never read this book, I would highly encourage you to pick up a copy!

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Koinonia Christmas

All women of Southern and Boyce – faculty, students, and wives of students,

Koinonia would like to invite you to our upcoming event…

Koinonia Christmas

November 1st at 7:00pm in Heritage Hall

Come and be encouraged to take the Christmas season as a chance to spread the name of Christ.

We will have tables dedicated to “Parties with Purpose,” where women will learn how to welcome non-Christians to their homes for a Christmas party that easily assists the host to explain the gospel message.

We are also offering several tables to discuss evangelism strategies and possible difficulties that the women may encounter sharing the goon news this season.

 Connect with women on campus, be mentored by women with wisdom and experience, and grow in your understanding and courage to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 … and if that wasn’t enough, don’t miss out on our Christmas cookie buffet and hot chocolate bar!

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Love Links: Potluck Brunch

We gather around Louisville twice a month, rotating between our homes.

Each Monday is sure to bring a different assortment of food. We’ve had baklava, bagels, casseroles, muffins, and much more! We each bring what we have and it’s always enough!

Not the most flattering picture of me...but hey we keep it real. And, yes my hair may be a little greasy. Our gatherings are a safe place! Come as you are.

Each Monday is full of encouraging and engaging conversations about life.

No pressure. Nothing to prepare. We just come together and fellowship. “Fun, Food, Fellowship” as one of the ladies said.

Each woman sharing how she’s doing, what’s going on in her life, how we can pray for her.

We’ve shared about where God has led us. Some have been brought here from across the ocean water. Many have traveled around the world in their life.

We laugh and listen as we share stories from the trenches of marriage, motherhood, school, work.

We watch as little ones play.

We gather.

Would you like to gather with us, just twice a month?

Request to join our facebook group here (this is where we share addresses for our next gathering) and come join us at our next brunch on October 24th at 10 am.

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Conversations {part 2}

Yesterday we got to meet Mrs. Beougher and hear where she came from. Today she shares her passions. 

Getting to Know Sharon Beougher

What would you say to women struggling in their marriage? To pray, then pray, and then pray some more. Marriage is hard because it is like a mirror that reflects your own sin. We can’t go into marriage thinking we will change the other person or that it will be easy. I like the book Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas that encourages us to choose “holiness” over “happiness” and let God do a sanctifying work in us THROUGH the struggles in marriage. I would also say to get counseling—it always helps to get an objective perspective.

What about women who are just “going with the flow,” their marriage isn’t bad or great? I don’t think we should go with the flow in anything. If we are not growing closer to someone we are growing further from someone as in our relationship with the Lord.

If we are not growing towards Him, we are growing away from Him. I would say, set some goals, re-evaluate your attitude, read some books, plan a couple nights a way, both of you pray about some things you could do to move forward and go out on a date with a ‘teachable’ spirit so you will not be defensive when you hear what the other says.

How about women looking for that special someone or engaged? That is a very real and very hard desire to have BUT we have to trust in God’s PERFECT timing and His PERFECT plan for our lives. I would say to first be asking God to prepare you to be the kind of godly helpmate for someone and to use this ‘waiting’ for God to draw you close to Him and keep developing your character. Pray for the person God may be preparing for you.

Don’t waste the time you have while you are single. I graduated from seminary single and then went to England for a year. If I had spent all that time just wishing for my husband, I would have wasted some valuable ministry time, rich experiences, and could have settled for less than God’s best.

It is not always easy to just “wait” but we need to believe with our whole heart that God is sovereign and we can rest in that. A verse that was meaningful for me before I met Tim was Isaiah 62:5: “As a bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so does the Lord rejoice over you.”

What encouragement do you have for wives and mothers struggling in this season of seminary with young children? Any practical tips? Remember that this is a season – and you don’t want this season to pass too quickly. I know that you don’t have a lot of time to yourself and that you don’t get much sleep (which is very HARD), but time really does fly and God has given you this time with your children.

Psychologists say that most of your child’s character is developed by age five, so be on your knees about your use of time while you have them at home. However, you do need some breaks – so I would make sure to talk to your husband about the need for some time away or for some sleep. If your husband is not able to provide the time due to jobs/school, then ask a friend—be vulnerable and tell a friend or someone at church that you are REALLY needing a break and that you need to get away by yourself for a few hours. Some practical tips are:

Have your children have a “quiet time” every afternoon whether they have outgrown a nap or not. This could mean nap time or a time where they have to play in their rooms or play on their beds for a while so you can have some quiet time.

Have a consistent discipline plan for misbehavior or disrespect; Tim and I used a wooden spoon as discipline for disobedience or disrespect. Then it did not take long for us just to have to pull out the spoon from the diaper bag or put the spoon on the dresser in their rooms to have the “visual” of a reminder of immediate discipline.

Always let them know it is the behavior you are not happy with, NOT them. Reinforce your love while disciplining them.

Enforce their bed time.

Don’t ever get in a habit of yelling at them.

Ask friends what has worked for them. Everyone has different things that work for them.

When feeling like you are going to “lose it” like Jill Briscoe said, “Take off your shoes and remember that you are on holy ground.” (as you are raising them to be like Jesus)

Where do you go to church and what do you love most about that body? Tim is bi-vocational pastor at West Broadway Baptist Church on Six Mile Lane (since February of this year). I LOVE the people there (a sweet group of mixed ages). We want to part of the rebuilding process for this church. It does not have much of a budget, it does not have the luxury of a power point screen, data projector, etc., it only has a part time pastor and part time music minister, and it has a big debt for the gymnasium… BUT it is so great for Tim and me to plant ourselves into a church close to our home and to be a team with him.

What’s your favorite thing to do or place to eat in Louisville? I love Chili’s and Havana Rumba in terms of restaurants. We don’t “do” a lot of things in Louisville, but I know our kids like to go to Waterfront Park or the zoo or other parks. I do like to swim laps if that counts as “doing” something.

What’s your heart for the women in the Southern community? I want every woman at Southern, whether a student, student wife, or employee at Southern, to KNOW that they are a daughter of the King, that God has a sovereign plan for each of them, and that their relationship with The Lord is THE most important thing in the world.

I would like them to bond with other ladies, to know that this is a special place to find life-long friends, to take advantage of whatever opportunities the seminary has to equip them for ministry (depending on their season of life!) and to treasure their time in Louisville.

I also want women to feel they can be vulnerable and admit that they are having struggles or dealing with loneliness and that women can go to each other and to the faculty/faculty wives for help.

If you could tell the women of Boyce and Southern one thing, what would it be? That it is a PRIVILEGE to be here at Southern/Boyce during these times with the leadership we have and to be called to ministry to the King of the Universe!

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Conversations {part 1}

Getting to Know Sharon Beougher

Tell us a bit about yourself and your family: I grew up in a Methodist church but became a Christian by visiting a Baptist mission in Charlotte, N.C. I have two sisters (I’m the middle child) who both live in Houston along with my parents. I went to the Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a Bachelor of Music Education with an emphasis in piano.

I was involved with InterVarsity all four years and they totally built on the foundation that was laid at my salvation at that small Baptist church. They taught me about quiet time, memorizing Scripture, leading small groups, getting a vision for missions, and discipleship in general.

After college I felt God’s call on my life to full time ministry. My parents had moved from Charlotte to Houston my senior year of college so I ended up at Southwestern in Ft. Worth, TX. Where I received a Master of Arts in Christian Education. I worked as a singles/children director at a church in Houston for the summer and then was called to a church in England for a minimum of one year. They wanted someone with musical ability with a passion for discipleship!

I met my husband at a conference 2 weeks before I left for England. The conference was 5 days. Long story, but we ended up dating “by mail” until Christmas where he then came over to England for a week and two hours. We knew at the end of that time that God was putting us together. I came home August 11 and we got engaged Aug. 12th.

We have four children: Kristi married to Will McCartney for 4 years with 3 foster children (soon to be adopted) ages 2, 3, and 4. They have had them for 20 months. My son, Jon is a physical therapist at Kort Middletown is 24 and has been married 4 years to Ashley, his high school sweetheart. Kari is 22, graduated from Union Univ. this past May and is working as the secretary to Jay Martin at the seminary. She has started taking courses for her Masters. Karisa, 19, is a sophomore at Union Univ. All of them love the Lord (we are richly blessed!!!).

I currently teach Bible at Christian Academy (and have for 7 years) and I teach about 15 piano students after school.

Where are you from? Born in Memphis, TN; lived in New Orleans, Charlotte and Houston, TX. After we were married we lived in the Chicago area for 10 years.

What brought you to Southern? Tim was teaching evangelism at Wheaton College and God clearly called us to another job. He loved teaching there and we thought we would be there forever, but in one week four different Southern Baptist seminaries contacted him about a possible job.

When we came to Southern to visit, we just “knew” this was where God wanted us. So he became the Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism. (Actually, Billy Graham himself was happy with this decision!)

I know you’re passionate about marriage, have you always been or was there a particular event/season that ignited this in you?  I am passionate about marriage because a great marriage truly does reflect the work of the Holy Spirit and can usually point people to God as the Source and Rock for a good marriage. I did not date in high school or college –not until seminary and then only a couple people.

So, I didn’t know if God was preparing me to be single—so I was not really passionate about it until I was married and we had the chance to work as a TEAM together in ministry. Then Tim and I saw opportunities to minister to others because of our marriage and/or theirs. But I’m also passionate about evangelism and mentoring.

I teach freshmen and some seniors at Christian Academy and my heart is to help them grow closer to the Lord or lead them to the Lord if they are not a Christian.

I teach in SWI because I want to share what I know to help others (even though I had so MUCH to learn myself—but all I need to know is one thing more than someone else in order to help them.) I also try to instill some personal conversation and insight into my piano students’ lives to try to take advantage of the moment.


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Book Review: Adopted for Life

Adopted for Life is a wonderfully biblical-based book about adopting children, supporting people who feel called to adopt children, and being adopted into the family of Christ.

“Adoption is not just about couples who want children – or who want more children. Adoption is about an entire culture within our churches, a culture that sees adoption as part of our Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself.” -pg. 19

I read this book because my husband and I are currently in the process of adoption. However, this book has done more than encourage me in what we are doing. This book has challenged me to truly embrace what adoption is, “…adoption isn’t charity – it’s war” (pg. 18).

When we are adopting children, we are embracing the Great Commission mandate and spreading the gospel. We are bringing children into Christ-centered homes where they are going to hear about Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross.

“If you are in Christ, you’re called to be involved in this project somehow. That doesn’t mean, though, that your family, personally, is equipped to adopt a child right now. I suspect, though, that there are far more people out there, maybe you, who could adopt but who simply haven’t thought about it. What would it hurt to ask the Spirit to show you if you’re to image God through adoption?” -pg. 111

It is my prayer that more Christians who embrace this wonderful gift and opportunity to share the gospel to children from all around the world and expand our families at the same time.

This is an amazing and compelling book that I would highly recommend to any Christian!

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Koinonia Christmas

Have you marked your calendars yet?

Koinonia Christmas

Tuesday, November 1st at 7pm

Heritage Hall

Look forward to a night of practical tips, ideas for planning parties with a purpose, and evangelism at Christmas featuring a talk by our very own Jaye Martin.

Stay tuned for more information.

By the way, have you connected with Koinonia yet?

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