Archive for December, 2008
I am not a fan of themed Bibles generally (although if someone did publish The Lawyer’s Bible or The Blogger’s Bible*, I’d probably have to buy one), but I did ask for and receive The Green Bible for my birthday/Christmas.
The purpose in my asking for The Green Bible was twofold: 1) familiarize myself with the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), and 2) satisfy my curiosity about what a “green” Bible would be like.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for environmental friendliness. I think we should be good stewards of the earth, and I think humanity takes its dominion of the earth for granted. I also like the idea of bridging the gap between the Christian right and the environmentalists.
So, I hope my new Green Bible is not too gimmicky, and I will eventually make it through the green essays and the Green Bible Trail Guide. I am quite pleased with the cotton/linen cover and the recycled paper. In fact, the recycled paper pages are quite stunning and a pleasant break from standard Bible paper. I don’t think all of the green-letter verses actually support the cause, but the green highlighting does force a more interactive reading which is a plus.
I’ll write more on this in the future, but in the meantime you can browse The Green Bible below.
*Note to publishers: I will gladly serve as the Editor of The Blogger’s Bible when you are ready to publish one.
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Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good and glorious night. God bless each and everyone of you.
I tend to obsess over Bible verses, and it might take me a month to finish a post about this or that verse (or, a year to work through others like Genesis 1:1). In the mean time, life happens, and a lot of funny stuff worth writing about happens. So, I’m going to write about it (much to the embarrassment of my family and friends, I’m sure).
It launched yesterday, and I only have a couple of posts so far (Haircut Chronicles and Christmas Card Bloopers), but I have been thinking about it for a while. I hope it will be fun to write and entertaining to read.
I think I (and probably many of you) get caught up in the seriousness of biblioblogging, Bible translation, and the theological questions raised thereby. And while I plan on still getting caught up by those things, I also plan on letting myself have a little fun while doing so. I hope you do the same.
Oh, I have also transplanted my blogroll from here to there (with a few exceptions) to give the new blog a little substance. I did not, however, include the more serious biblioblogs. If you are on my blogroll and didn’t make it in the move but want to be added, please let me know, and I will be happy to add you there as well.
Naturally, if you would be kind enough to add my new blog to your blogroll(s) where appropriate I would really appreciate the boost.
I want to credit our church for fashioning ministries around the members rather than trying to fashion the members around the ministries.
For example, our church has started a prophetic art ministry and a writers’ circle. These ministries developed around members who were interested in these artistic media. And when the church goes out and meets the needs of the people rather than having the people meet the needs of the church, good things happen.
Our writers’ circle recently published a month-long daily devotional entitled Fresh Focus, which the church gave as a Christmas gift to the church members. I was fortunate enough to be able to contribute a few of the devotionals. Altogether, I believe there were eight church members who contributed. The project was truly something to be proud of.
If you or anyone you know is a reader of daily devotionals, I encourage you to check out the online version of Fresh Focus. Each daily devotional contains a scripture verse and short story/testimonial which are meant to encourage you in your walk with Jesus.
We conclude Fresh Focus by encouraging the reader to pass along the book to someone who needs a fresh encounter with the Lord, and I would appreciate it very much if you would do the same.
A la Barbara Walters, tc robinson at New Leaven has published his Top Ten Most Fascinating Bloggers…, and yours truly comes in a strong third on the list (my arm is now sore from patting myself on the back).
I would like to thank tc for his highly evolved fascinations.
I would also like to thank WordPress for providing this fun and (not to mention) free forum from which to fascinate.
I would also like to thank my future publicist and agent for their future publicity and agency. Perhaps such an honor will persuade them of their need to publicize and agentize(?) me.
I would also like to thank my family: my lovely wife Lorin, my daughter Libby, and my Jack Russell Terrier Oliver, who forego their own fascinations and allow me the free time to fascinate others.
Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank the Lord God Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, whose Word has endlessly fascinated me, thereby fascinating others. To Him be the praise, glory and honor because it is He who is truly the most fascinating.
tc, thank you my brother. When I get more than a spare couple of hours, I will try to tackle the truly tough question you pose, “What is it with him and his obsession with Genesis 1:1?”
N.T. Wrong has posted the Biblioblog Top 50 for the month of November, 2008. I believe the first time the list was published was in October, 2008. And while yours truly did not make the list, I am always on the look for new blogs to read. I found that I subscribe to a fair number of those on the list, but only about half.
What was more astonishing (to me, anyway) was that there were about 15-20 (19 to be exact, I recounted just to be sure) that I hadn’t heard of or come across at all…until now. How does that happen? I know I’m not a prolific poster, but I am a prolific reader. Oh, well, more to read I suppose.
If you haven’t seen the list, it’s worth checking out.