Jul 25

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Who makes an agreement and gives away all of the copies?

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Laying a Gospel Foundation, But Not Building Anything

The 5 Marks Of Authentic Leadership

Jesus’ Authority Was Based in His Deity

How to Pray for Your Children, Day 3. This is a multi-part series. Links to the other parts are on the bottom.

Prayer: How to Do the Humanly Impossible

7 Ways to Deal with Doubt

The Truth About Living with an Invisible Illness

How To Pray When Your Soul Is Bone Dry

24 libraries of the world so magnificent they’ll take your breath away

A Brief Word To J. I. Packer On His 90th Birthday

4 Things You Should Never Say to Someone Who is Hurting

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

Henri Nouwen. The Way of the Heart. A short summary of the spiritual priorities of the monks of the early church. A reread for me.

Eric Weiner. The Geography of Genius. A study of the possible reasons for the clusters of geniuses in history from ancient Athens to the Silicon Valley.

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Jul 18

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Are you big enough to use yourself as a bad example when you teach others … like Moses did?

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Archaeologists find first-ever Philistine cemetery in Israel

17 Benefits to Reading the Entire Bible

Chinese state government confiscates churches’ offerings

Do Secularists Have a Foundation for Morality?

What do recent attacks mean for future of Egypt’s Christians?

Russia Enacts Law to Restrict Religious Freedom and Missionary Activities

Christians Don’t Want to Stop Serving Their LGBT Neighbors

Las Vegas, the Lottery, and the Origin of Life

The Scientific Argument for Mastering One Thing at a Time

She Had Never Stopped Loving Him

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not begin any new books this week.

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Jul 11

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

You know things have gone wrong when an 11-day trip takes 38 years

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Assisted Suicide: A Quadriplegic’s Perspective

The Cultural Value of Christian Higher Education

Do You Have What It Takes to Wait Well for a Lifetime?

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

Passion for God’s Word Changes the World

How to Have a Happy Life

The End of Discontentment

Can We Affirm the Declaration of Independence with Non-Christians?

Only One Perfect Pastor

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not begin any new books this week.

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Jul 04

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Why do people suffer?

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Identity Theft: Losing Our Christian Self-Consciousness

California’s Religious Liberty Moment—Coming to a State Near You

How Reading the Bible Shapes Our Identity

5 Reasons Why Teenagers Need Theology

3 Things to Remember about Your (Imperfect) Marriage

CT Makers: 20 of the Most Creative Christians We Know

“The Centrifugal Experience of Knowledge”

Real Men Love Strong Women

Church Divorce Rate Way Lower Than Anyone Thought

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

Douglas Willson. Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life. I’m rereading this. A challenging and fun book about writing, reading, and thinking.

Taylor Pearson. The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5. A well-documented and disturbing for some view about where the economy and our lives are headed. 

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Jul 01

Who is Jesus?

Jesus is the Creator

How do you begin a story with no beginning?

Matthew and Luke begin with the supernatural birth.

Mark begins with the preaching of John the Baptist.

John’s Gospel begins at the ultimate beginning.

His first words “In the beginning” jolt us to Genesis.  Jesus was the uncreated Creator God.  When time began, he was already there. (John 1:1-4)

Jesus reaches out to people and divides humanity

Jesus not only created all things but he also reaches out to his marred and rejecting creation.  He is also the point where humanity divides.  Some people believe that he is who claims to be and others do not.  Some receive him and some reject him.  This emerges as a major theme for John.  Jesus divides the human race. (John 1:5; 1:9-13; 3:26)

God became human and revealed divinity to humanity

Jesus is God and he is truly human.  Jesus became flesh and lived with us.  In the language of John’s first readers, Jesus tabernacled with people.   This would have immediately reminded them about the tent with the presence of God before Solomon’s temple.

John also tells his readers that Jesus was real.  John saw him.  (John 1:14; 1 John 1:1-4)

Moses and Elijah were two heroes of faith who wanted to experience the presence of God.  They were each given a partial, incomplete experience of God’s presence.  However, at the Transfiguration they were face to face with Jesus.  They wanted to experience the presence of God. They did on that mountain. (1 Kings 19:1-18; Exodus 33; Matthew 17:1-9)

Who is Jesus?

John used various stories and figures to develop his picture of Jesus. His used the seven “I am” statements:

I am the Bread of Life- 6:35, 48 also 6:41, 51

I am the Light of the World- 8:12, 9:5

I am the Door of the sheep- 10:7, 9

I am the Good Shepherd- 10:11, 14

I am the Resurrection and the Life- 11:25

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life- 14:6

I am the True Vine- 15:1 also 15:5

He also used words that will occur regularly to point to the uniqueness of Jesus life.

life 1:4

light 1:4

witness 1:7

true 1:9

world 1:10

glory, truth 1:14

John wanted his readers to know Jesus and to believe. (John 20:30-31)

Questions for consideration:

Serving God can be exhausting. Those in exhausting ministry know they need the presence of God. Have you ever really wanted to have the empowering presence of God as you face your world? Do we already have that presence?

What do you think it would have been like to be with Jesus when lhe lived and taught two thousand years ago?

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Jun 27

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Everyone needs a three-part personal strategy to fight poverty

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

The Largest Religious Group in Each County

The second-largest religion in each state

When a Million Gather on The Mall Next Month

The Libraries, Studies, and Writing Rooms of 15 Famous Men

J.R.R. Tolkien, Using a Tape Recorder for the First Time, Reads from The Hobbit for 30 Minutes (1952)

Seven Biblical Truths That Can Bring Us Great Happiness

4 Reasons We Must Not Disregard God’s Word

5 Reasons We Should Take Comfort In God’s Word

5 key findings about global restrictions on religion

Discontentment Says Something about You, Not Your Circumstances

4 Ways the Modern Church Looks Nothing Like the Early Church

Jerry Bridge’s Seven Standout Spiritual Lessons

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not a new book this week.

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Jun 20

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

There are different pilgrimages of faith

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Can We Still Weep Together After Orlando?

My Neighbors Ate My Dog, and I am Sad

Why Is Life So Much Harder for Some People Than Others?

10 Things You Should Know about the Presence of God

How Fast Does a Christian Grow?

7 Crossway Books By Women So Far In 2016

What the Hook-up Culture Has Done to Women

This rapper might be America’s next evangelical leader

The Bible Is Not a Database: 
A Very Brief Reflection On Biblical Interpretation 
In The Digital Age

Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East?

The end of Christianity in the Middle East could mean the demise of Arab secularism

Where in the world is the worst place to be a Christian?

As an Arab, the Middle East’s reaction to Orlando left me speechless…

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

Paula Huston. Season of Mystery. rereading. Many of us should be reading or rereading this book.

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Jun 16

How to forge a document and prove that Jesus was married

This article is the account of a forgery and how it got big headlines.

However, when the headlines settled, a slow, thoughtful investigation revealed what was behind the supposed ancient document.

The results will not be widely known and many people will continue to quote the original theology-changing discovery of Jesus’ wife.

It’s a good read

Bob

Jun 12

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

What should we do with the rest of our lives?

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Tozer vs Lewis: What’s The Most Important Thing About Us?

One Facebook, Two Worlds, Three Problems

J. I. Packer On Something More Important Than Knowing God

The Weight Of Glory: C. S. Lewis’s Remarkable (And Surprising) Sermon

Imagine If Ebooks Came First

Politics aren’t Worth Your Friendships

12 Principles for Disagreeing with Other Christians

5 Ways Christians Can Respond to the Orlando Shooting

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

Jonathan Andrews. Indentity Crisis: Religious Registration in the Middle East

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Jun 08

The latest edition of Western Seminary’s magazine is available

Western Seminary, where I am the Library Director, publishes a magazine twice per year.

The current issue is about how to better understand and teach the Scriptures.

There are articles by my colleagues about Bible study tools, the Bible and the arts, and how to strengthen your personal faith in a deepening relationship with God’s word.

There is also a challenging article about biblical illiteracy among Christians.

Please read this important and challenging issue

Bob

 

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