20 May 2016

This 'n' That

Here's a little public service announcement for you: if you're going to toss a bottle of water in your purse, make sure there is a cap on it.

If you don't take this extra precautionary measure, you will end up carrying a swimming pool in your purse. I repeat, open water bottles and purses are not a favorable combination.

Yes, I know this seems like an obvious fact, but apparently it isn't so clear to some of us. Earlier this week, I grabbed a bottle of water off the table on my way out the door, completely oblivious to the fact that it did not have a cap. When I arrived at church for Bible study I realized that my cap-less bottle had poured out inside my purse, drenching some of my favorite possessions, including...gasp...my Bible. But (yes, there is a wonderful, glorious "but"!) since I carry my Bible in a simple, handmade leather pouch, the Bible itself was not damaged. I was so incredibly thankful! I was thankful, too, that the pouch itself was able to be salvaged, and was not ultimately damaged in spite of its little swim.

Beautiful and functional — this Bible case kept my treasured
Bible safe and dry! Thank you, Cordoba Leather!
The event made me realize again just how wonderful and precious is the Word of God, and what a gift it is that it is so readily available to us. No, we do not worship a physical book, but, oh, where would we be without it? Who would we be without it? In the 66 books of Scripture God has revealed Himself to us, and has revealed His Son, our Savior, to us. He has given us all that we need to know to live fruit-bearing lives filled with obedience, worship, and a desire and striving after holiness. Yes, had my Bible been ruined I could have opened another, dry copy of the Bible that very night, but there is something special about the copy from which He has been teaching me over the past few years. Christian, do you take for granted your ready access to the Scriptures? There are those in the world who would give all they have for their own copy of the Bible and why? Because it is God's Word to His people. Friend, do not neglect this marvelous gift from our Lord!

Also, keep your Bible away from water. And invest in a good case or cover if you haven't already (turns out I know a guy who can help with that!), just in case you have a moment of stupidity like I did.

And on an unrelated note, take some time to start your weekend by enjoying your week in review (kind of):
  • I'm in awe of how much errant theology is crammed into this short article.
  • Grace to You is profiling the apostle James.
  • Something or someone might have spoken to Rick Warren, but it wasn't God.
  • I think if I had been in Liberty University's graduating class, I would have walked out on my own graduation.
  • Is Calvinism the continental divide of theology?
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I'm shocked! Wait, wait...no, no I am not.
  • J.C. Ryle contrasts believers and unbelievers.
  • I don't actually want to eat this, but I have to admit, it looks and sounds pretty fun.
  • Online baptisms? Eh, not much worse than those fake "spontaneous" baptisms, I guess.
  • Steve Lawson on the sovereignty of God:


  1. I'm not trying to sound snarky, but I wonder how many pastors who experience short and furious burnout like Rick Warren did are shepherding their churches alongside qualified elders? They are not supposed to shepherd alone. It's amazing the positive difference my husband and I have witnessed and experienced since joining a church that follows the Biblical model. I didn't grow up in a church with elders and definitely have seen the ways it can fail.

  2. My Bible is full of notes, highlights of different colors, sticky notes and...coffee stains.

  3. Amy Byrd's blog post disappointed me also, though I've sensed her leaning that way lately. Why can't women just be satisfied with the vast array of ministry opportunities God does give us?

  4. Not arguing just trying to learn and understand... why the disappointment with the Amy Bird post? - Deborah

    1. Hi Deborah,
      I was disappointed and a bit surprised to see her position on women teaching mixed audiences in a Sunday School environment. Although, like Debbie Lynne, I've observed a leaning in that direction in recent months as well.


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