20 October 2018

This 'n' That (on Saturday)

This llama has nothing to do with this post.
I think I can count on one hand the number of times that I've had to delay your week in review, so I'm grateful for your patience! It wasn't in the plans for this post to be delayed, but yesterday kind of slipped away from me. Nevertheless, I still have a great roundup of links for you, and didn't want to leave you hanging for a whole week. The problem is, now I can't remember what I planned to write for this introduction. So, instead I'll just share some early Saturday morning musings.

I just made out my weekend to-do list, and, like every week, it includes such fun-filled activities as "do laundry" and "vacuum." Sometimes I wonder why I look forward to Saturday so much if all it means is doing chores! And while I'm rambling about nothing in particular, I've come to realize that every time I write the word "vacuum," I wonder about that double "u." Where did that come from? Whose idea was it?

That's where Google, the all-knowing search engine, comes in. Apparently "vacuum" is from the Latin word "vacuus," which means "empty." Now you know (unless you took Latin in high school, in which case you may have already known and were judging me for my ignorance).

Speaking of words and language, I'm reminded of an interesting book I read in my first year of grad school. Scripture as Communication by Jeannine Brown is a thought-provoking introduction into biblical hermeneutics, and really challenges the reader to consider the very nature of the communicative act, and how that relates to our view and understanding of God's Word.

Anyway, perhaps I'll write more about that at another time. For now, you've been offered a glimpse into the tangential way my mind works (from to-do list, to Latin origins, to books read long ago), and I apologize for that. I think now may be a good time for me to be quiet and let you enjoy your week in review (kind of):

12 October 2018

This 'n' That

Fall has officially arrived. I'm busting out my hand warmers to keep my digits warm while I type at work, and I'm dangerously close to buying some of those microwaveable slippers to keep my toes toasty during the day (I work from home, so slippers are allowed). I actually really like fall, but the cooler temperatures do require a little more daily maintenance to keep me warm.

I don't expect that the fall colors will be overly stunning this year, though, at least not in my area. Our summer was just too...strange. No matter, because soon it will be even colder, drearier, and icy, and I'll be longing for spring, allergies and all. Still, with every change of the seasons I am reminded of our Creator's magnificent power, providence, and sovereignty. He controls the changing of the seasons, even as He has ordained all things that come to pass.

So, while I go searching for some gloves, why don't you grab a mug of something pumpkin-flavored and sit back to enjoy your week in review (kind of):

06 October 2018

Equipping Eve: The Promises of God: God's Promised Seed


Our God keeps His promises, and no doubt the greatest of these promises is found in Genesis 3:15. Get your page-turning fingers ready, ladies, because we’re about to dig into the biblical text to find out more about God’s promised Seed!

Click here to listen to this episode of Equipping Eve.

05 October 2018

This 'n' That

Fall means pie (yay!), and lots of it! Unfortunately, the temperatures around here have been so warm, it's difficult to get in the pie-making, or even the pie-eating mood. And pumpkin flavored treats? I've only been able to delve into some pumpkin cookies, and even that feels odd with the thermometer hovering around 80 degrees.

Nevertheless, it's apple season and my favorite dessert by far is apple pie. Something that has always perplexed me, though, is the fact that so many people use Granny Smith apples for their apple pie. Why? Haven't you ever noticed that it is fairly tasteless and, if it does have a taste, it's sour? My friend, if you are making your pies with Granny Smith apples, you are doing it wrong. Get in the car, go to the store (or orchard, if you have one nearby) and search out Jonathan apples. Now those are pie apples! Can't find Jonathans by you? I can sympathize, I've been there. There are alternatives, though none will be quite as tasty. And whatever you do, don't ruin the world's most delicious dessert with those overused Granny Smiths!

I don't know about you, but I am very thankful that the fruit from Genesis 3 was not an apple. Apples are delicious (even if they don't all make good pie), and their reputation deserves to be as flawless as their taste!

Okay, now that I've offended everyone whose grandmother used Granny Smiths in her apple pie, let's turn to the matter at hand. Grab a slice of pie, a cup of tea, and settle in to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • I can't even fathom paying only $1756 for a car. Nor can I imagine paying $1 million for that car today. It sure would be a lot of fun to drive, though!
  • It's October, which means it's time for articles about Martin Luther.
  • This is why I sometimes wear gloves inside.
  • Interesting look into the past.
  • This is why certain things trigger in our brains as being adorable.
  • Speaking of, here's your weekly (though slightly less orthodox than usual) dose of adorable.
  • Aw, I hope this puppy finds a good home!
Doctrine is not an affair of the tongue but of the life. —John Calvin

28 September 2018

This 'n' That

Wow, I cannot believe that it is nearly October! The month of September has absolutely zoomed past, and I don't even remember how it was spent! Oh well, such is the busyness of life.

Around here, it is finally starting to feel like fall, and this morning's chilly temperatures were no exception. We also had quite a bit of fog here this morning and as I stepped outside to fill the bird feeders and realized that I could barely see to the back of the yard, I happened to think of this verse:
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
Just as I could not see far beyond the trees due to the thick mist that essentially covered my eyes, so too can we not fully see our Lord in all of His glory. We are incapable of sufficiently comprehending all that He is and all that He does. There is still so much about this world and our lives that we do not understand. Yes, we have His Word. Says Spurgeon, "The revelation of God is ample and profound, but our understanding is weak and shallow." Yes, we have the gracious illumination of the Holy Spirit, but it is not until He takes us to glory that we will fully see Him and fully know Him. What a wondrous day that will be! What a thing to look forward to!

But, today is still today and we are still here in this fog-filled world, so you may as well make the best of it by enjoying your week in review (kind of):

22 September 2018

Equipping Eve: Salvation in the Old Testament


All those sacrifices…all that blood! Wow, it really must have been difficult for Old Testament believers to get saved and stay saved! Wait a minute…let’s back up and see what the Bible has to say about salvation in the Old Testament.

Click here to listen to this episode of Equipping Eve.

Additional Resources
Churchgoers Stick Around for Theology, Not Music or Preachers 
An Introduction to Christ in the Old Testament

Further Listening
Equipping Eve: The Cross of Christ
Equipping Eve: Doctrinally Sound Legalism
Equipping Eve: Hopeology

21 September 2018

This 'n' That

The dentist always asks me if I can open a bit wider. And
everybody says I have a big mouth!
Have you ever bitten your tongue? It hurts! Now, have you ever bitten your tongue while it was numb, for instance, if you were at the dentist? I have. When this happens, the novocaine acts as both a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing because it prevents you from feeling that initial painful chomp. It's a curse because once it wears off, wow, does your mouth hurt! In addition to the sheer pain you're experiencing, you suddenly realize just how much you actually use your tongue, and what a necessary member of your body it is.

There are a few routes we can go with this illustration, but I'm just going to select one. Sometimes we sin without pain. We sin, we know we have sinned, we feel guilty and repentant about our sin, but beyond that we may not see immediate effects of our sin. When I bit my tongue under the effects of novocaine, I didn't feel a thing, I only heard the crunch. It wasn't until I could look in a mirror and see the aesthetic effects that I was able to be mindful of how carefully I must chew until the numbness wore off. And it wasn't until the numbness wore off that I was fully aware of the painful effects of my action.

Depending on the sin, it may be years before we see the true consequences of what we've done. That is why it is essential for us as Christians to be in an ever-repentant state of mind, so that we do not slip into the deceitful, numbing ease of sin. That is also why it is a blessing that God, in His goodness and grace, allows us to see in ourselves both how we have grown spiritually, and where we may still be immature. What Christian cannot say that she becomes more aware of her sin as she grows in Christ? This is because, as He grows us into maturity and more into His likeness, we become keenly aware of how unChristlike we are, and how dependent we are on Him and His grace. And yet He continues to sanctify us by the enabling power of His Holy Spirit. He does not leave us to pull up our own spiritual bootstraps and fix ourselves. Best of all, when we do sin, which we inevitably will daily, through His Word He reminds us that we are already forgiven.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
If we have been saved, we have already been justified before God in Christ. We confess and repent of our sins in time that we may reap the benefits of His forgiveness and continue in sanctification, growing in the grace and the knowledge of the Son.

That's all very good news, isn't it? I think it is!

I'm a little short on links this week because I'm weary of hearing about social justice and politics and would prefer that we all go back to what matters: God's Word. So with that, why don't you grab a snack (and watch your tongue while you chew it!) and enjoy your abbreviated week in review (kind of):