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“Tell God all that is in your heart, as
one unloads one’s heart, its plea-
sures and its pains, to a dear friend.
Tell Him your troubles, that He may
comfort you; tell Him your joys, that
He may sober them; tell Him your longings…

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Who else has wanted to have the book of Romans as a LETTER? Why Bible Typography Matters

Or 1/2 Chronicles, or Daniel, as a book?

I know we can fairly easily get ahold of booklet editions of the Gospel of John by itself, and Mark, but I’ve always wanted this for other books and letters. Without all the verse and chapter numbers and notes everywhere. I sometimes very much desire to read passages/books as they would have been read by, if not by those who originally read them (scrolls being rather awkward?) then in a similar literary format. The Exodus as more of a novel, or the Pentateuch even, as a single novel. Maybe it would have chapters, although I would place them differently to how we generally have them in our Bibles. At least, not in the middle of paragraphs?!?

I’d love, and will get around to preparing one day, to have Romans as a letter, take it on the bus, or wherever, with me, and read it, as a letter. Right?

Why Bible Typography Matters

You and Me Forever – free audiobook download from christianaudio.com

You and Me Forever  - free audiobook download from christianaudio.com until Feb 12thFound this pleasent surprise in my inbox this morning: christianaudio.com are giving away the mp3 audiobook of Francis and Lisa Chan’s book You and Me Forever: Marriage in the Light of Eternity. All they ask is an email address and signup to their newsletter.
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Links of the week April 27-May 3

 

And it’s time for another Weekly Link Roundup:
My Immortal – Lindsey Stirling
I linked to this artist earlier in the week, but I thought I’d share some move love. For those of you who love intricate string work, rock violins, The Phantom of the Opera, Nightwish, Evanescence, The Red Paintings…this is a girl we might want to keep an eye on. I wouldn’t mind getting ahold of her album at some point. My son likes her youtube videos. 

 

Before We Rush to Judge Donald Sterling by Doug Main
It kind of goes without saying for some people to give others the benefit of the doubt and examine themselves before condemning too harshly, and for others to criticise very harshly while not necessarily living out very well the alternative to what they’re being critical of. That said, the ethnic makeup of the man’s basketball team makes his comments look pretty silly.

 

The Least-Sung Song by Tim Challes
Some interesting thoughts. The verse in Colossians talking about singing does refer to singing to one another rather than just to God. That thought might affect some of my preferences in worship songs. I tend to prefer songs whose lyrics focus on my speaking directly to God, in contrast to those phrased in a manner talking about God with the ‘audience’ being other people, those more ‘declarational’ songs.

 

Untidy beds may keep us healthy – Failing to make your bed in the morning may actually help keep you healthy, scientists believe.
And teenagers (and adults) everywhere said “see, I told you, no point!” Then again:
Benefits of making your bed

 

Critique of “The Shack” – A Christian Theologian’s Perspective by Patrick Zukeran
I never read this novel past the first few pages, although it came highly recommended. This article does a good job of summarising the positive aspects of the text and the troubling criticisms laid against it, which seem to be confusing or problematic at best and outright heresy at worst. What troubles me most is how freely recommended the novel was without warning of the issues it presents, especially to those without a strong Biblical foundation.

Indescribable – free eBook!

I might be a bit late on this, but at least for the next eight hours, Indescribable, but Louie Giglio and Matt Redman is free from at least Amazon and Google Books via this link to the publisher – David C Cook.

I loved this book. I’m still waiting for it back from someone I lent it to, and am considering getting ahold of the nice coffee table style edition, mainly for the large full colour pictures.

 

Whirlpool Galaxy, M51, NASA

And they are, especially if you follow the links to the NASA archives, beautiful pictures. God’s creation is amazing. I’m not sure if I’m excited at crucifix shapes appearing at the centre of galaxies, in the sense of ascribing significance to them, but they sure are pretty.

Having said that, Psalms does say that creation declares His glory, and His creation is truly glorious, even if I am not about to see crucifixes in the stars as proof or evidence, they are pretty cool as an example of that statement in action, even if you remove any iconographic significance from them.

 

So, if you’re an unbeliever (or a believer), I wouldn’t suggest Indescribable: Encountering the Glory of God in the Beauty of the Universe as a great apologetic work. It is pretty inspiring, though.

 

And, I’ve got to say, the myriad of cool facts and oddities strokes my nerd gene very much. What do you think of ‘Hubble’ as a name for a boy?


Why does Jefferson Bethke Hate Religion, But Love Jesus?

This week has been a kind of a semi-forced week off from writing for me. Fatigue and other things taking priority over reading and writing. Such as devotional time, sleep, and the discovery of the My OldBoy emulator for my tablet, and rediscovering the Pokemon franchise. Sometime much easier to sit in darkness and play such a game than get up and read or write, especially from bed or sitting in bed with little one sleeping on lap. It doesn’t require much in the way of sustained focus either, which is a plus. If I could switch on and off ‘writing mode’ or read and write effectively while being constantly interrupted, I would write much more and finish many move books. Not that I’m not forcing myself to curtail that gaming somewhat…it’s a bit addictive.

On the subject of reading books, however, I’m apologising for any disappointed expectations in terms of regular book reviews, including my own hopes. I’m actually near or near-ish to the end of several books, so hopefully in the next month or so I’ll be writing about a few books 🙂 These include: Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence by Preston Sprinkle; A Genius for Deception: How Cunning Helped the British Win Two World Wars by Nicholas Rankin; The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical by Shane Claiborne; Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett; and maybe a couple of others that I’ve not actually dipped into recently.

 

Adding to the list, and my intention is to make it near the top is Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough by Jefferson Bethke. This comes near the top because it was a gift from fellow blogger Skully Speaks (whom you should definitely check out), which I actually received in the mail Tuesday night, but haven’t gotten around to posting about until now. I’ve loved Bethke’s spoken word videos (see below), and was interested in his book, but unable to justify the expense (particularly given my pile of books waiting to be read that I semi-obviously have justified the expense for), and she offered to send me a copy. Big giant THANKYOU! 🙂

I would love to say that I’ll have this read in a week, or even two, but I can’t promise that at all. Same as I’ve currently got a bit of peace and quiet alone to write, but I don’t think I’m going to manage to write all of the half dozen posts I’ve got on the burner at the back of my mind. I am hoping to do one or two in addiction to this one, and rough out or note a few more, but we’ll see how I do. No links of the week this week either, for similar reasons to my recent lack of writing – I haven’t collated (m)any interesting links either, and I’m not sparing the time to find some just for the sake of making that post today.

 

This is the first of Bethke’s videos I remember seeing, and possibly part of the inspiration of his book:

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus || Spoken Word || Jefferson Bethke

Sex, Marriage, & Fairytales || Spoken Word ||  Jefferson Bethke

Counterfeit Gods || Spoken Word || Jefferson Bethke

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:

WHY I’M RECOMMENDING CHRISTIANS SEE THE MOVIE “NOAH” – Phil Cooke

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.

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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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