Link

How To Completely Misuse The Bible In 5 Easy Steps

In the book of John, Jesus tells the religious leaders that although they know scripture cold, they’ve missed the most important aspect– that all scripture points to him! Also, early in his ministry he tells a parable of a wise and foolish man who are both building a house. The wise man, who is centered on the teachings of Jesus, is compared to a man who chose stone as a foundation while the foolish man (who neglected the teachings of Jesus) is compared to someone who built their house on sand. Finally, in the last hours of his life, Jesus reminded his disciples that he “was the way, the truth, and the life”. According to Jesus, this thing we’re doing– and the book we read– is all about him.

 

Some really great thoughts in here, and the quote above further drives the point I wanted to make when I wrote my post on Logos, Rhema, and Graphe. Reading the Bible should always point back to Jesus.

Link

Why Paper Bibles Are Best

“Students in both groups were given identical texts to read – a fiction piece and a non-fiction piece. The only variable in play was that students in the first group read the text from an actual book, and students from the second group read from a PDF on a screen-reader (similar to a Kindle or iPad).

Afterwards, all of the students were tested on their comprehension.

THE RESULTS:
Students who were given the physical books performed significantly better on their evaluations than those who read the PDF. The disparity was equal across the fiction and non-fiction texts.”

Some really thought provoking research on the difference between the comprehension levels of teens reading on a screen and teens reading our of paper and ink.

I wonder how much of this has to do with the kinds of information they typically read on a screen, like Tweets, Facebook updates, and iFunny/Tumbler stuff. All of that is fairly low engagement and typically doesn’t require much reflection. I also wonder if you would get the same results from a group of 20/30 somethings who regularly read or write blogs.

Link

Had the chance to read a great article that talks about doing less and enjoying it more. I especially like this bit:

“Look me in the face at my serious eyes: This is not your season to do all the things, some of the things, or most of the things. It is your season to do A Thing. I tell you that not to be a downer but to let you know that you will slay the crazies in your mind and the guilt that you feel when you flip your lid if you will pick ONE thing per morning. ONE thing for the afternoon. And rejoice if everyone is still alive at the end of the day.”

Wouldn’t we all be better off if we did one thing well instead of ten things poorly. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be well rounded, interesting, multi-faceted people, but when we try to express those many facets all at once what usually comes across is a jumbled mess of a person.

You were created in God’s image. The Bible describes a God who was patient in the task of creating, focusing on one aspect of creation for an entire day. When Jesus was with people, he wasn’t also busy tole painting, cooking this great recipe he found, and knitting a dozen scarves for the Apostles. Slow down, be with people when you’re with them. Enjoy creating and give it your full attention when that’s what your doing. Don’t feel so rushed to provide everyone with a great experience that you stress out. Above all:

Always choose the relationship with your kids over the Advent activity that makes you scream. Always choose the Simple over the Pinnable.