A daily Bible reading plan with which I can (and did) get on board.

January 15, 2011

I know few Christians who can truthfully say they do not struggle with maintaining a consistent “quiet time” with all of the term’s varied meanings.  Let me qualify that.  I am certain that there are some saints who, over the course of many years of training themselves, have developed a spiritual discipline that sets aside time, often lots of it, to prayer and the reading and study of scripture.  Stories abound of the incredible amount of time the church fathers and early theologians spent in these endeavors.  

I admit that my example is a poor one, although I can at least attest to having tried a variety methods in search of something that “works” for me.  I have tried the “Bible in a year” approach.  That being, the use of any of a variety of daily reading plans that usher the practitioner through the entire Bible in one calendar year.  I have completed one such plan.  But, it left me with the very distinct feeling that it was more of a race against the clock than it was a serious Bible reading plan.  Furthermore, when I hear people say that they are reading through the Bible in a year, I can’t help but wonder if there is not a certain element of holier-than-thou pride operating somewhere below the surface.  If you are one of those who are reading through the Bible in a year, for absolutely pure motives, forgive my impression.

Another approach I have tried is daily devotions.  There are probably too many of these to count, and doubtlessly some are good and some, well, not so much.  My primary concern with these is that in their brevity, also comes a certain shallowness to their content.  At the very best, they simply cannot develop a whole lot of substance in something less than 200-300 words.  And at their worst, they can become a means of didactic moralizing, often with a tenuous  and sometimes even tortured use of scripture, to lend support the author’s point.

But finally, I have found a plan that, though several days of use, has proven to be just right for me.  It combines the best parts of a daily reading plan, with the structure I need, with a concentration on thoughtful reflection authored by the Holy Spirit, and not an author, whose motives I might sometimes call into question.  It is simply titled a Daily Bible Meditation Guide.  It was developed by Eric Johnson, a professor at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY and so far, I have found it to be incredibly helpful. 

Give it a try.  You’re only 1/24 of the way through 2011, and it is by no means too late to start.

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A light of reason in an otherwise dark sea.

January 10, 2011

The New York Times is notorious and unapologetic for its liberal leanings.  It rarely even tries to portray itself as objective in its coverage of the news.

With that said, it is indeed refreshing to see at least one reasonable opinion article in the NYT published yesterday, covering the subject of the horrific shooting in Tucson, Arizona over the weekend.  Ross Douthat is a light of reason in what is otherwise a very, very, very dark sea of biased liberal thought quartered in the NYT building.  Read his outstanding article at the link below.

United in Horror – Ross Douthat

And then if you dare, read the articles, published the same day by these two hacks, who in several examples don’t even get their facts straight much less have supportable opinions.  Case in point, the assertion (by virtue of a quoted source) by Gail Collins, that the particular pistol used by Jared Laughner is used only for the purpose of killing or injuring lots of people very quickly, and not for personal protection.  The particular pistol used by Laughner is the exact same model used by law enforcement officers all around our country and probably around the world.  Seldom if ever are we made aware of police officers using their guns for the purpose of killing or injuring lots of people quickly.  What we DO hear are stories of police officers using those same guns for self-protection and the protection of the people they serve.

You can read the highly biased and factually deficient articles by Gail Collins and Paul Krugman at these links.

A Right to Bear Glocks? – Gail Collins

Climate of Hate – Paul Krugman


Veering away from orthodoxy.

January 8, 2011

Earlier this week, Catholic Pope Benedict declared that God is behind the “Big Bang” and that the universe was no accident.  While on one hand, the Pope continues to acknowledge that God had a role in the creative process, he has played directly into the hands of evolutionists, who hold to a “big bang” theory of the cause of what we have come to regard as the universe, including that it is BILLIONS of years old rather than something MUCH younger, although there is no agreement on how much younger and people of good faith disagree on this matter.

This latest papal pronouncement is troubling because a presumably infallible endorsement by him of this sort, essentially veers away from historic Christian orthodoxy.  And that orthodoxy understands creation to have been ex nihilo, that is, literally out of nothing, and spoken into existence (as the clear language of scripture describes), by a transcendent God.  Instead, the Pope seems to be describing a god, not like the one in the Bible, whose direct agency was to figuratively ignite some cosmic fuse, which subsequently resulted in pre-existent matter coalescing into what we know of today as “the universe”.  While the Pope’s theory may concede a god as an initiating agent in the process, it is implicit that the results are somehow the product of the “bang” which acted as the direct agent. 

There is really only one conclusion that can be arrived at and that is that the Pope has capitulated to the modern age, and is for whatever reason veering away from historic, Biblical orthodoxy.


Another review of WHATEVER!, compliments of WordPress

January 2, 2011

While the anniversary of WHATEVER! is in late November and I posted a blog article on that subject a few weeks ago, the stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health on a calendar basis rather than its “birthday”:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2010. That’s about 24 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 62 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 388 posts. There were 15 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 505kb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was February 3rd with 761 views. The most popular post that day was Even Norman might get a laugh out of this..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, dayattheranch.wordpress.com, medinaumc.org, prozacstan.blogspot.com, and thegospelcoalition.org.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for norman rockwell, melting glaciers, olympia snowe, triple self portrait, and self portrait.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Even Norman might get a laugh out of this. August 2009
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An Earth Day Confession April 2009
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U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R, sorry…D-ME) October 2009

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Is body art really constructive (i.e.: edifying)? January 2009
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Not your mother’s “Barbara Millicent Roberts” doll July 2008
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