THE BOOK THAT MADE YOUR WORLD

September 30, 2011

“We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were given by inspiration of God, and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice.” (Doctrine One, The Doctrines of The Salvation Army)

“The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think. No book in the world equals the Bible for that.” (Harper Lee)

“God’s book of ‘grace’ is just like his book of nature; it is his thoughts written out. This great book, the Bible, this most precious volume is the heart of God made legible; it is the gold of God’s love, beaten out into gold leaf, so that therewith our thoughts might be plated, and we also might have golden, good, and holy thoughts concerning Him.” (John Bunyan)

for thousands of years the Bible has been considered a very important book. it has been read, studied, and meditated upon for centuries. Christians of all denominations and traditions regard the words of the Old and New Testaments to be sacred.

Vishal Mangalwadi, whom Christianity Today calls “India’s foremost Christian itellectual,” is the author of the wonderful volume, The Book That Made Your World: How The Bible Created The Soul of Western Civilization.

it’s very well-written. Mangalwadi is an excellent author and story-teller.

it’s well outlined and easy to follow, while at the same time being deep and informing.

The Book That Made Your World is educating, entertaining, and edifying. it’s a joy to read and will benefit greatly your spiritual journey.

whether you hold the Bible to be sacred or not, this is a book you should read.

*Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through “Book Sneeze.” They give free books to bloggers for honest reviews.*


The Basin and the Towel

September 21, 2011

“The Basin and the Towel” is a song written and recorded by Michael Card.

as an introduction to the song in the jacket of the CD The Ultimate Collection Card writes: “John records none of Jesus’ parables because for him Jesus’ life was a parable. The Footwashing was just such a moment of meaning.”

the “footwashing,” as i’m sure you know, refers to John 13.

it’s a wonderful passage.

for us, something to note is that John 13 is the only place in the Gospels where Jesus is so intentional as to say, “For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you” (John 13:15, NRSV).

everything Jesus said and did is an example for Christians, of course. but he is so explicit in John 13.

in “The Basin and the Towel” Card sings: “…the call is to community.”

Jesus wants us to serve each other and our communities. our communities of faith, our local towns and cities, and our global community.

how do translate this notion in 2011?

in several ways.

at supper, i’m going to get up from the table, clear the dishes, and put them in the dishwasher. doesn’t sound like a lot; it’s not. but it is helping and serving in my own little way.

also, points with the wife. always a good thing.


NFL KICKOFF

September 7, 2011

NFL Football is back in action tomorrow night in Green Bay, Wisconsin. the last two Super Bowl Champions, the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints meet in the season opening game on the season opening weekend. it should be a great game.

i, like a lot of NFL fans, was nervous we would miss regular season action. however, as has been well documented, a deal was done between the owners and the players and we will not miss NFL Football for at least the next ten years.

awesome.

the following is a few thoughts and comments on the upcoming NFL season and what i’ve read in preview magazines.

Sports Illustrated’s Senior Writer Peter King picks the Atlanta Falcons to beat the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XLVI. i do not. San Diego might not even make the playoffs. i like Atlanta and the moves they made. however, they’re in a tough division. Tampa Bay won 10 games and missed the playoffs last year. New Orleans won the Super Bowl two years ago. Carolina should be better.

The Sporting News has the Packers repeating as Super Bowl Champs over the New England Patriots. if this happens, the torch will be officilaly passed to Aaron Rodgers as the best quarterback in the NFL and the window will be 80% closed on Brady, Belichick, and the Patriots. 

i want to see a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl. i want to see the Steelers win and plant Rodgers about a yard deep in the FieldTurf at Lucas Oil Stadium. i’m not bitter though. well, maybe a little.

Athlon Sports also picks the Packers over the Patriots in the battle of the P’s. these are two great teams. this would make a great Super Bowl.

in Lindy’s Sports NFL 2011 Preview magazine, they pick the Baltimore Ravens to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in the battle of the birds. this would be a great Super B0wl, too. i like both these teams.

i’m picking the Steelers to beat the Packers and raise their NFL record seventh Lombardi Trophy.  if they didn’t turn the ball over three times last year they would have won Super Bowl XLV. i am still not over it. it hurts.

watch out for the Lions. they may not make the playoffs this year, but they will spoil a few teams seasons with wins if they can stay healthy.

Steelers will be mad. i’m sure of it. proud owner. proud coach. proud team. proud fans. they may take out their frustration on their entire scheldule.

sadly, Peyton Manning may be done. DONE. and, as Manning goes, so goes the Colts.

J-E-T-S. JETS. JETS. JETS. how can you not love the Jets?

tune in. the NFL season is always interesting and always worth watching. 

are you ready for some Football?

i am.