29 August 2015

Equipping Eve: Don't Listen to The Voice


Read John 1:1-5. Now read those same verses from The Voice "Bible translation." Can you hear the hiss of the serpent? This episode of Equipping Eve takes The Voice to task and examines what this passage actually says. Plus, happiness according to Pope Francis.

Click here to listen to this latest episode of Equipping Eve.

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Further Listening
Equipping Eve: God's Final Word
Equipping Eve: What Is Truth?
Equipping Eve: Thou Changest Not
Equipping Eve: Expect the World to Act Like the World

28 August 2015

This 'n' That

I love bookstores, and I lament that so many of them have closed nationwide. It was a pleasant surprise, then, a couple of weeks ago to come across a rather large Barnes and Noble. Upon entering, I walked right over to the section of journals and gifts. Why bother looking at actual books when Amazon is always cheaper?

As I perused the shelves of journals and photo albums, some plain leather, some slobbering with frou-frou flowers and corny sayings, I spied the product that you see to your right.

Ah, yes, the selfie—the defining icon of our day. It is, after all, all about us, isn't it? That is what social media would tell us, and that is what we affirm to one another each time we "like" someone's latest selfie (or one of the many, many pictures of their children) on Facebook. In fact, I ask you, parent, do you spend more time looking at your child through the lens of your iPhone than not? If so, I beg you to repent.

The reality is, long before the days of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like, we all took photos and attempted to preserve memories with our families. But we didn't share every one of these with our friends, let alone near-strangers. We did not feel the need to document, in word or in photo, every waking moment of our lives so as to offer a play-by-play to others. We enjoyed our vacations without desiring to spur jealousy in others by posting daily pictures of sand and sun. Our kids traversed off to their first day of school—usually after posing for the obligatory photo—but the photo was preserved for future walks down memory lane, not distributed for all within eyeshot to share their thoughts and comments.

To be sure, it is a sign of the age in which we live that we are daily inundated and confronted with a narcissistic, selfie culture. But, Christian, we are not to be of the world! Look at your Facebook page. Does it reflect the world? Is it filled with pictures of self and family? What is your motivation for posting these? Are you seeking affirmation and approval and compliments from others? What about your Twitter stream (and Twitter is my social media of choice, so this hits home)? Your Instagram account? Have you, in essence, filled your own "selfie scrapbook" by means of these social media accounts?

Please, do not fill the comment box with cries of "Legalist!" No, rather, go, examine yourself and examine your heart and motivations. Trust me, reader, I say this to myself as much as I say it to you. And remember that every sphere of our life must be lived to the glory of God. May the sacrifice of Christ our Savior motivate us to right thinking, even in the social media realm.

So put down that selfie stick and instead sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):

21 August 2015

This 'n' That

Sunflowers are my favorite.
Sunflowers and beautiful singing make me smile.
About a week or so ago, I pulled into the parking lot at my office just late enough to have had my parking space stolen. Oh, of course it isn't officially my parking space. Except it is, in my mind anyway, because it is the perfect space. But I digress.

Even though there were still plenty of fairly close spaces, I took the opportunity to park all the way toward the end of the lot. It was a beautiful morning and for once I wasn't rushing to an early meeting. I figured I would enjoy a few extra steps and some fresh air before hunkering down at my desk for the next 9 or so hours. I had barely stepped out of the car when I heard singing. I looked around and knew that it was not one of the other hurried office dwellers making their way through the parking lot. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I spied an elderly lady walking rather spryly with her walker. She was moving at quite a clip as she walked laps around the courtyard of the church next door. But it was not her walking that caught my attention, it was that singing.

For what I presume might have been her age, she had a beautiful and clear voice. She sang boldly and loudly and I was so thankful she did. I was not familiar with the song she was singing, so I cannot even link to it here, but it was about Jesus Christ. Truly. And when she sang the name of her Savior her voice rang louder and more clear. It was a magnificent start to the day, and I would not have experienced it had I parked in my usual space. That dear woman will never know how she ministered to me that morning, but I could not believe the goodness of God to allow me to begin my day with such a joyful noise ringing in my ears.

So, if you have been gifted with a lovely singing voice, please share it. Those of us who cannot carry a tune appreciate it and thank God for the gift He has given you. In fact, why don't you hum a hymn as you sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):

15 August 2015

Equipping Eve: God's Final Word


In these last days, God has spoken to us in His Son. Hebrews 1 tells us this clearly, but the early verses of this epistle also reveal seven excellencies of Christ that demonstrate why it is that this Son possesses the authority to be that final, all-sufficient Word.

Click here to listen to this latest episode of Equipping Eve.

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Further Listening
Equipping Eve: Life Verses and Labyrinths
Equipping Eve: What Is Truth?
Equipping Eve: Thou Changest Not
Equipping Eve: Expect the World to Act Like the World

14 August 2015

This 'n' That

Me, making coffee at 5:30 AM.
The apostle Peter wrote that, with the Lord, a day is like a thousand years. Oh, if only each one of my days were that long! It's been another crazy and hectic week, so I won't linger over these lines. I promise that the days are in sight when I will once again be able to give this blog the attention I desire to and which it deserves. Until then, I hope you will still take some time to enjoy your week in review (kind of):

07 August 2015

This 'n' That

It's a pineapple. In a field. Genius.
So…after a busy week of procrastination and distractions, I was finally sitting down to do some homework when I realized that it was already Thursday evening. And what comes after Thursday? Friday! So while I don't have time to properly introduce this week's post, I do have a few minutes to gather together your weekly roundup. I hope you have more time than I do to enjoy your week in review (kind of):