Are you blessed? Do you have any fine wine? “Let’s bless them all until we get fershnickered!”

Forgive a little Mel Brooks-style hyperbole. Looking at alcohol in the Old Testament is kinda fun when you get into it. Mostly because apart from prohibitions, warnings and Noah getting wasted (did that happen in the movie?), we (I?) don’t often hear much about what the Old Testament has to say about booze. And He has a lot to say. 

Seems it’s a bit of a bigger picture than something to avoid…



Assuming this is true (and I have no reason to believe it is not)…it’s a real shame! There really was plenty of room to fill in the Biblical account with some drama. Some futurist stuff, and vegetarianism makes sense (although why Able would raise sheep and not eat them, I don’t know, but I can work with it). I could even go with a relatively minor role for God in the film, such as an initial communication with Noah, and establishing the rainbow sign at the end. But what this movie comes out with is kinda bat**** crazy, if you’ll excuse my Klatchian, to the point of removing the central themes found in the Biblical account completely. I’d still err on the side of giving the film a watch, to be able to discuss it, but I have to say I’m definitely waiting for it to come to me on DVD or something. Honestly, given the reported abject terribleness of this adaptation, I may be watching it more for Emma Watson’s acting than for anything else.


Gravely disappointed.


Sidenote – I had linked through to Phil Cooke’s article about Why I’m Recommending Christians See the Movie Noah – now I’m questioning his motives, or whether he had really seen the film. I mean I still understand his point about seeing it and using it as a point to discuss…but according to the reviews I’ve seen since the film’s release, I’m at pains to understand how Cooke could underemphasise the non-Biblical elements in the film.


Do you remember when you were a kid and you had to read a book for school and then create a presentation in front of the class. There was always that one kid who refused to read the book but he’d still have an elaborate project in an attempt to impress for a grade and the rest of the class would have to sit through it? You know the feeling of looking forward to something for a while, knowing it has extreme potential, but it just falls flat, and a sinking sensation fills your guts? Everyone has at some point or another said “it’s just not as good as the book,” in reference to a movie adaption, am I right? Well all these scenarios apply to Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. If this film were graded on accuracy to the source text, it’d get a hard F.

The thing is, there is…

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Who is God? What is He like?

Yesterday I wrote about a sermon I heard recently that has been impacting how I read my Bible. Today we’ll go on with the second resource that’s been inspiring my reading habits lately. Over at Desiring God, Noel Piper wrote an article about how she abandoned her usual Bible-in-a-Year plan for a more engaging way of reading, and I’ve fallen a little in love with it.

Reading to listen

I have posted before Bible reading habits and plans. I’ve come across a couple of resources in the past few weeks that have shaped my current reading habits (you might call this flavour of the month, I tend to change things up frequently). Before we start, obviously primary considerations when reading the Bible devotionally are

a) What does the text mean? (draw your own mindmap from that concept involving historical and textual context, writer intent, original reader context, literary qualities, etc)

b) What might God be trying to say to me through it, or want me to get out of it?

Starting more specifically on the latter, we heard a sermon in church the other Sunday (entitled “Jesus’ Words” if you look for it) about

These are 11 of the Oldest Things in the World |

Wow, it really makes you realise that your life truly is a vapour when there are many trees and plants that dramatically outlive you. Now this could be rather depressing, or…

My glass is half full, of rum. And half full of coke. So I guess my glass is full after all

Ahhh. Few mixed drinks are simpler, and to me, few more satisfying.


There, out in the open, if it wasn’t before. I drink, and not just the occasional small glass of wine, or bread dipped in communion wine, but I enjoy Guinness (disliking most other beers), wine, and particularly spirits. Gin and tonic/grape juice (don’t know why but I tried and it was good)/citrus juices, Martinis, spiced rums (generally with coke), Long Island Iced Teas, whiskey, brandy, port, good wines leaning towards Shiraz and Merlot. I’ve tended bar, and enjoy it..

what poverty taught me about wealth

A great reminder while I’m sitting on the carpet (ok taking a break this moment) listening (because I’m mostly writing rather than watching) to Secret Church – Old Testament Survey.

Becoming Anyole

Last year on the World Race, I didn’t spend very much money personal money on a day-to-day basis. Occasionally I would splurge – on new running shoes or a trip to the Great Wall – but on average I spent less than $100 a month. The main reason for this is because I went a year without an income. But also, I lived among the population of the world that lives on only $1 or $2 aday.

Living in poverty, even by choice, will change your spending habits pretty quickly.

Though I now have an income, I’m still hyper-aware of how I spend my money. I might even be more attentive, because there’s more money in my account and it’s easier to lose track when you’re just swiping a card instead of carrying around a bunch of bills and coins (that are different in value and shape from last month’s currency).

These days…

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Why Isn’t There More Compelling Evidence For God?

Hmmm, interesting question, and sensible answers. I always felt John 20:29 was enough for me personally – “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”


By Tom Gilson at Thinking Christian

A few days ago Bill LaBarre was wondering why there isn’t more compelling evidence for God:

God could have left the resurrected Jesus on the Earth to continue to perform miracles or simply be a unique UN-aging individual that lives throughout time. Or he could have Jesus reappear to people every hundred years or so where he would perform a series of miracles.

You are probably thinking this is unrealistic or expecting too much. But I would have to ask if this kind of evidence was fine for Biblical times, why not now? Why the inconsistency? Why the desire to have people believe for not very convincing reasons when giving such reasons would be child’s play? If eternal damnation is on the line, any God that did not give sufficient evidence to convince reasonable people would be a moral monster.

My answer here…

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Links of the Week March 16-22

A bit late this week, again, but better late than never. I’ve been a bit busy reading Raising Steam, and visiting friends today. Here’s our weekly link roundup, including a free book:


I haven’t seen this yet, and I don’t know if I will. However, I more or less agree with Cooke. I posted about this here but Cooke makes some very valid points.


Ancient Mythology as Valid as Modern Science

A good introduction to a book I plan to read soon 🙂

Bible on Tap

Ridiculous title huh? Maybe not. This post is for people who are seeking to study the scripture with a per-cursor of historical background. I’ve recently read an amazing couple of books and listened to a few of the online lectures done by Professor John H. Walton. He is currently professor of Old Testament at Wheaten College in Chicago.

I have taught the book of Genesis 3 times for our Chronological Bible School in YWAM Mexico. I have taught on Genesis numerous times in churches, small groups, and our Discipleship Training School in YWAM as well. But until this past September I had made a crucial mistake. As I always attempt to relay a good understanding of “Background” Ive often failed to communicate just how the entire Ancient Near Eastern World “Thinks”. You can get caught up in religious practices, politics, geography but nearly miss this important step. And that is…

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