Here is Barren Beginnings, Part 2, which is part of a Bible study I’m writing inspired by the barren women in Scripture. You can find part 1 here, and I hope to post a final installment next week.
A Lutheran translation of the Bible is coming out! But, instead of discussing whether or not it’s a good idea, how about we consider how it reflects ideas about relevance, language, nuance, etc.? A Cranach blog post on the upcoming edition here. I encourage you to read it and the goals behind the translation to see how much you agree, as a writer as well as a Lutheran, agree with Evangelical Heritage Version on Christian Standard Bible post.
Thank you, thank you, collection of various people, for not giving it too crazy a name. Thank you!
Angie Wagner of She Finds Truth has a poem featured in Fathom Mag. Find a quiet moment and check it out here. Good job, Angie! Beautiful.
I’ve started to work on a short Bible study on barrenness, primarily looking at Old Testament figures although it has stretched a little past that. Since I’m new to writing Bible studies, I thought I’d post sections here in case anyone finds it interesting, helpful, or has comments or suggestions to make. This will be Barren Beginnings, Part 1.
I had a great idea for today’s blog post during church and then utterly forgot it! Arg. It was about parallels between Adam and Jesus, and the ironic twist on how salvation is won through such similar means! The serpent speaks and the woman is deceived, but Christ speaks and that Word brings faith and salvation! There is the tree that tempted, and the tree stained with the blood of Christ. There is the death of Adam, and the death of Christ. It even occurred to me that there is the forbidden fruit in Eden and then the free offer, “Take. Eat. This is my body.” Adam and Jesus provide so much food for meditation! Oh! Oh! Evil by eating and then death gets swallowed!
It’s Lent, a time to remember Christ in His humiliation, with His suffering and death for our salvation. It is not the only time to be mortifying our flesh, but I’m thankful there is a time when people are more likely to teach about sin—it’s not like understanding it comes naturally!—and healthy practices of the church. Now, I won’t blog today about fasting, but below I’ll address a bit about Lutheran writers, such us present company, mortifying our flesh.
Sometimes the best comfort a rejected writer can receive is her eight-year old daughter commenting, “Oh, that one? I remember that one. I just don’t see why they would reject that one!” 🙂 Thanks, darlin’.
We have an excellent guest post today from Lutheran speaker, blogger, and pod-caster extraordinaire, Angie Wagner. One of her favorite topics is vocation (!), and her post today is ever-timely for us writers: Wild Ideas and the Steady Hand of Vocation. Check it (and her website) out!
I came across the expression “gracious words” in Proverbs, so I decided to share a few such verses from the Bible today. 🙂
- The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure. Proverbs 15:26
- Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24
- And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” Luke 4:22
We can strive for “gracious words,” yet God works grace even through those words we may try to fight or avoid. Thanks be to Christ Jesus our Lord!
There’s an article, “Free our Churches from the Ugly and Stupid,” from last Thursday that mostly deals with music, art, decor. It is by Anthony Esolen, who has written several books on my Amazon wishlist. (I think he’s Roman Catholic and professor of Renaissance English Literature and the Development of Western Civilization at Providence College.) Below is a quote and some of my own reflections on stupidity and the arts.