Posts Tagged ‘God’

Chronological Guide to the Bible

Chronological Guide to the Bible is the best book I have so far reviewed for Thomas Nelson Publishers. The editors of this reference book did a superb job of organizing Scripture into more chronologically digestible pieces by dividing it into 9 historical epochs. I did not just read this reference book, but actually incorporated it into my own personal Bible study to decide its true value as a guide through Scripture.

I believe the editors of Chronological Guide to the Bible have put together one of the best all around study supplements. First, they did really well with balancing scientific discovery and the Biblical literature. Admitting that there were many differences sometimes between the two, they did not try to belittle one and elevate the other. They aimed for harmony and did really well with hitting that target. And where harmony was not possible, they mentioned the differences and moved on.

Secondly, they provided the right amount of ancient anthropology, geography and history without overwhelming readers who are not generally drawn to such topics.

Finally, the layout of the pages made it a visually enjoyable read. Plenty of pictures, charts, and grafts laid out in modern styles added to the overall greatness of this book.

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Daddy/daughter Dance

Well, tonight I took Layla to her first daddy/daughter dance. Which, consequently, since she is my only daughter, was also my first daddy/daughter dance. It was real cute. I actually got really excited about getting dressed up (which never happens) and taking my gorgeous little 3-year old to the local YMCA and dancing the night away (well, at least until 8:30). She was adorable! Her mommy- also gorgeous- curled her hair, painted her nails and had L dressed in a red silk gown with “matching” pink glittered princess slippers. I had on a suit (I know, take a minute to let that sink in) with a matching red tie. Once all dressed, we were both really excited about our dance! It was real cute. There was food and dancing, balloons and pictures. It was real cute. She danced on my shoes, and I held her for one dance. She danced with many other kids and you could really see the joy in her eyes all night. It was real cute.

In the course of the evening, I came to understand one new thing about my daughter. She is a blessing to people. No matter who it was (except for one little snooty 4-year-old) everyone wanted her to dance with them. She approaches people without fear and with a true sincerity to befriend them. I love seeing this in her. Even though she is only 3, she is reflecting back to people the love of God that lives inside her. This new understanding has brought great joy to me tonight and I wanted to share with you. I am posting some pics below of our dance. As you are reading this, I hope you are also have something or someone in your life that is bringing you great joy. If not, seek them out.

The Gospel According to Lost by Chris Seay

Lost by Chris Seay So, I was really excited when I found out this was one of the books I could review and as soon as it became available I signed up for it. Being a huge fan of the show Lost, I ripped into the package and began immediately to read what I was hoping would be a great book linking my favorite earthly obsession with my favorite heavenly one.

Here’s how my reading of this book went. Read Prologue….love it. Read chapters 1-3….still love it. Read chapters 4-9….is this really all it is going to be about? Chapter 10….maybe not, maybe it has more. Read chapters 10-13….nope, this is really all it is going to be about? Put book down for 2 weeks….remember I have to finish it to get a new one. Read chapters 14-16….maybe I am missing the point of the book; maybe it is a lot better than I thought. Read chapter 17….nope.

The premise of the entire book is to revel in a story without being concerned with the conclusion. Chris wants you to do this with the TV show Lostbut, more importantly, to do it with your own spiritual story. Just as most viewers of Lostreturn week after to week despite the constant confusion and seemingly irreconcilable plots; so too must we be enthralled with our own spiritual stories without always having to know where we are being led.

As far as bringing me to revel in the story of Lost , this book did an excellent job. It presented the best Judaic-Christian interpretation of LostI have ever heard of personally pondered (I mean, which one of us hasn’t considered it to be purgatory, heaven and hell, etc.). But, sadly, this is all it had to offer. Each chapter is filled page after page with character’s stories and how they might represent some Judaic-Christian principle or person. However, there was very little in any chapter (and none in some) that would connect me to my own spiritual story and rejoice in it.

If you are looking for an excellent Judaic-Christian interpretation of Lost, I give it 5 out of 5 muffins.
If you are looking for a book to connect deeper with God through a look at your own spiritual story, I give it 1 out of 5 muffins.

Jesus Holding the Inspired Word- the Constitution

Watch video below then my comments at the bottom.

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After watching this video, I sat dazed in front of my computer screen for several minutes pondering what I had just witnessed. Really!? Jesus holding the Constitution of the United States in his hands while past Presidents, patriots and current military heroes bow a knee as if they are witnesses to the truth that Jesus came to reveal? What ignorant arrogance. When Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life”, he didn’t follow that up with, “and, one day, I will bring forth on a new continent a great nation, conceived in liberty and founded on the proposition that all men are created equal.”

It is crap like this that makes me less and less proud to be an American. We take the tag line, “one nation under God”, to mean that we are the new Israel. That we are the new anointed ones of God. That we are the guardians and barriers of his standard of truth to the ends of the earth. What poppycock! The arrogance it takes to believe these things is outstanding to me. And on top of that, a Christian shared this with me because they believe in this message. And as long as it is this message that Christians are promoting, the true Message that was sent into the whole world will never be heard.

Done. I have to puke now.

The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister

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Let’s be honest, spirituality can become sadly mundane. Sure, we can get pumped up for special events like Christmas, Easter, or a Friends-and-Family Day at church; but moving closer to God day by day is something that most Christians struggle with.

“The Liturgical Year” strives to bring floundering Christians hope by upholding the historical importance of the Liturgical calendar. The chapters alternate between a discussion of specific liturgical dates with the underlying traits that bring meaning to those days.

The joy in the Life born at Christmas looks forward to that sacrificial Life of Good Friday looks forward to the celebration of Life for all raised at Easter looks forward to the responsibility for believers to carry on that Life at Pentecost. For good measure, throw in the asceticism, suffering, fidelity and wisdom that we are called to during the Ordinary Times of our life, and a spirituality is developed, dedicated to the Life.

Raised in a conservative, evangelical church, the Liturgy has been unfamiliar to me until recent years (if you are wholly unfamiliar with it, this book is not for you). This book helped me move past a simple understanding of a calendar to a deeper appreciation for its true intentions. Though I longed for a deeper discussion of the theology behind the Liturgical calendar, this book did instill in me a greater desire to grow day by day with my Lord and Savior. Overall: 3 out of 5 muffins.

Pee Sermon

So, I was a little premature in making my posting for today. This one beats the midget choir singing Blink182. Sorry I can’t embed the video- WordPress wants me to pay for that luxury or use Firefox for anything other than Youtube and Google Video.

Pee Sermon video

Creating

What is the normal outcome for you when you try to create something? Isn’t normally that we look at it and think, “I could have done better” or “Here’s where it needs improvement” or “That sucks”. That’s how it usually goes for me. I am never satisfied when I play creator because I can always see its failings.

I saw a tree today that was created as close to perfection as I have ever taken the time to notice. Every leaf was the same hue of gold and when the sun shone through them it was an awe-some sight. I stopped and stared at it for several minutes before moving on. It brought a joy within me that is indescribable and I was finally able to connect with what God meant when he said, “It is good”. It means that he looked and what he had created lacked nothing- it was compelete. He rested because there was nothing else to be done. No improvements. No next time I try this…. This “goodness” is around us everyday. Perfection is tangible every minute. God, the perfectionist, is near. And it is good.