11 About this we have much to say, and it is chard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again dthe basic principles of the oracles of God. You need emilk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is fa child. 14 But solid food is for gthe mature, for those who have their powers hof discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. 6:1 Therefore ilet us leave jthe elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance kfrom dead works and of faith toward God, 2 and of linstruction about washings,1 mthe laying on of hands, nthe resurrection of the dead, and oeternal judgment. 3 And this we will do pif God permits. 4 For it is impossible, in the case of those qwho have once been enlightened, who have tasted rthe heavenly gift, and shave shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 and thave tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and uthen have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since vthey are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. 7 For wland that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. 8 But xif it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, yand its end is to be burned.
Is it important to read? I would argue that it is very important for a pastor to read and to read widely. First and foremost I believe that reading in order to learn is an essential characteristic for those who desire to “Love God with all their minds.” Second, I think Jim Shaddix statement articulates another clear reason for a pastor to read. —“The development of a working knowledge in various fields will not only sharpen your intellect but enable you to engage the church and the culture form an informed perspective.”
Never forget the old maxim, “Leaders are readers.”
 Jim Shaddix, “How to Build a First Rate Library,” The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching, 576.
This past week I attended a class session in Fort Worth at the World’s Greatest Seminary. It was in some ways the conclusion of one chapter in the sense that it was my final class session. I am one sermon manuscript away from finishing my course work for my Doctor of Ministry. Now begins the arduous and laborious task of writing my dissertation. Here’s hoping for some finality by December 2013!
I received an incredible spiritual blessing yesterday. We had a visiting speaker from the Florida Baptist Convention. After church we went to a local resteraunt to do what Baptists do best…fellowship. After the meal, our speaker gave my two children a dollar a piece. On the way home, My 5-year-old tells her mom and me that she can’t decide what she is going to do with her dollar. When we asked what she meant, she told us that she couldn’t decide whether to spend the money on herself or give it to the missionaries (It’s Annie Armstrong easter offering time–all proceeds go to support the missionaries of the North American Mission Board.) My bride advised her to pray about it. About a mile down the road, much to daddy’s delight, my little angel said she was going to give it to the missionaries. This kid constantly reminds me of the way my heart should be passionate about those who need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.