links to 5 helpful posts

1. Don’t Tell Your Child Not to Stare at Disabled People – We are Already Invisible Enough

“What should a parent or carer do instead? Recognize our differences, but highlight our similarities. … Perhaps most important is to model the right attitude towards disabled people: exercise empathy, not embarrassment.”

2. A new Ikea report is an unsettling look at life in the 21st century

“‘Life at home is changing, profoundly, all over the world,’ the report concludes.”

3. Half Right; Totally Wrong: Shallow Things Religious People Say by Joe McKeever

“We hear them all the time. Something about these oft-repeated claims just does not seem right, we think. So – let’s look at a few of them.”

4. What do we actually know about the risks of screen time and digital media?

“So, is digital media a concern for developing minds? There’s no simple answer, in part because the uses of media are too varied for the question to really be coherent.”

5. A Brief History of the Index

“The man who publishes a book without an index ought to be damned ten miles beyond hell, where the Devil himself cannot get for stinging nettles.”

links to 5 helpful posts

1. Sweating Our Faith by Mike Glenn

“Most of us … live mundane lives well within the limits our natural abilities. Most of us rarely, if ever, enter to the realm of living in faith.”

2. We Don’t Need to Go Back to the Early Church

“We must always go back to the teachings of the early church, the New Testament, but the church itself was a mess. Much like today. We are a mess, too, so we go back to the teachings that went to our messy brothers and sisters. We learn from them and the teachings — not to be like them, but to be faithful to our risen Lord.”

3. As You Pass Through the Valley of Weeping by Richard Beck

“You can read the Psalms for years and still you’re interrupted by their poetry.”

4. Ein Harod – How to Move From Fear to Faith by Wayne Stiles

“Some situations today will seem as bleak, hopeless, and full of fear as Gideon’s seemed to him at Ein Harod. Circumstances and emotions will demand we doubt what God has clearly promised. But our confidence and faith must remain fixed on what the Lord has said, not in what we see.”

5. Willful Ignorance

“… even more deep than willful ignorance is the sign that many have adopted a motive of self-enhancement above what reality is telling us — going for a ‘win’ in the face of a pending larger ‘loss.’ This is where willful ignorance becomes an observable and dangerous spiritual problem — the expression of egocentric and ethnocentric thinking and acting.”

links to 3 helpful posts

1. How Do Christians Fit into the Two-Party System? They Don’t by Timothy Keller

“The historical Christian positions on social issues don’t match up with contemporary political alignments. … Christians should think of how God rescued them. He did it not by taking power but by coming to earth, losing glory and power, serving and dying on a cross.”

2. Check & See If You’re Registered to Vote?

“This will take thirty seconds.”

3. A Military Expert Explains Why Social Media is the New Battlefield

“Social media rewards not morality or veracity, but virality. Their design is a perfect engine for the fast and wide spread of information, which makes them so wonderful. But there is a catch: unlike the truth, lies can be engineered to take advantage of that design and move faster and wider.”

 

links to 5 helpful posts

1. It’s Getting Harder to Talk About God by Jonathan Merritt

“A paltry 7 percent of Americans say they talk about spiritual matters regularly. But, here’s the real shocker: Practicing Christians who attend church regularly aren’t faring much better. A mere 13 percent had a spiritual conversation around once a week.”

2. American’s Spend $70 Billion on Pets, and That Money Could Do More Good

“This year alone, pet spending in the U.S. is estimated to exceed $72 billion, which is more than the combined GDP of the 39 poorest countries in the world.”

3. The Point of the Book of Job by Greg Boyd

“… our original job description – a job description God is yet calling on us to fulfill – involves very little knowing but a great deal of loving. Our limited domain of responsibility is primarily to love God and others as we are ourselves filled with God’s love. Hence the Bible repeatedly calls on us to love and refrain from judgment (Mt 7:1-5; Rom 2:1-5; Jame 4:11-12).”

4. Eugene Peterson Enters Hospice Care

“… Peterson is a ‘shepherd’s shepherd’ …”

5. A First Glimpse of Our Magnificent Earth, Seen from the Moon [30 min. video]

“The first people to view our planet from the moon were transformed by the experience. In this film, they tell their story.”

regular posting resumes!

My twenty-week blog fast concludes today and so, with this post, I’m getting back into the swing of things here.

So, what’s on the menu now? Five items will compromise the majority of my posts in the foreseeable future:

  • picture Bible commentary posts,
  • choice quotes,
  • the appearance of chiasm in Scripture,
  • the use of humor in the Bible,
  • and links to misc. material (i.e. – articles, videos, etc.) I’ve come across of late that I’ve found to be helpful.

day 54 (trek 2): put a psalm in my heart

We read six more brief psalms today: Psalm 126-131. Let’s do like we did yesterday: reading the first pair of psalms this morning, the middle pair around noon, and the last two tonight.

I’ll sketch a bundle of sheaves, a quiver full of arrows, a vine, a plow, a check mark, and an hourglass.

This morning. Psalm 126-127. Bundle of sheaves and a quiver full of arrows.

“He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.” (126.6)

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” (127.4-5)

Noon. Psalm 128-129. Vine and plow.

“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.” (128.3-4)

“The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows.” (129.3)

This evening. Psalm 130-131. Check mark and hour glass.

“If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?” (130.3)

“O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.” (131.3)