The world is full of long complaints—
Disciples, too, make loud lament
Against half-hearted, lukewarm saints—
What’s needed is that I repent.
Life rarely lines up to our liking; our ducks all in a row, the planets in perfect alignment, our t’s all crossed and i’s all dotted, fair and equitable treatment in all our associations and encounters. Something is always amiss, out of kilter, or just messed up. We feel irritated, provoked, and mistreated. That is life.Then why isn’t everyone beat down? Why aren’t all people a toxic dump of negative emotions? Why isn’t everyone mean-spirited, defeated and in despair? —It All Starts with Attitude
A good read today from an OK brother.
Read the entire article about these American military veterans who received the Medal of Honor. Their stories are inspiring, even though one may not be a militarist or fan of war.
Such stories recall the courage needed by the inducted soldiers in the Kingdom of God. “Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong” 1 Cor 16.13. You may know some spiritual warriors who show these traits. Under the fire of the enemy, they are not ashamed of their Lord, Lk 9.26.
The author of the article cited above claims that brave soldiers have become strangers in our midst. No doubt, such estrangement is true as well of the church, which ought to be called the home of the brave. Many, also, look upon Christ’s workers who sacrifice themselves in the trenches as victims rather than heroic warriors.
The prayer published today on the Believing Prayer site is a tad different than normal. I pray it works for those who read it. It contains seven short stanzas with 4-2-4-2 meter. Here’s the first:
You, O Lord, created me,
A living soul,
A breathing spirit, full and free,
Complete and whole.
You can read the entire piece at this link: The Humble Son to Lead.
Sometimes the site features prayer in poetry format, but often not. Whatever the format, the prayers seek to express needs of the many in an accessible and memorable manner. The site encourages greater spirituality and development of prayer in the life of the saint.
Kevin Pendergrass has a good article, posted yesterday, on his blog. He provides some background history and a bit of information about how Bible translation is done.
And any and every English translation of the Scriptures is a translation and cannot, by the very nature of the translation process … communicate word-for-word every time what the original source text says. A strict word-for-word translation is a unicorn. It does not and cannot exist. Every translation by its very nature contains an “interpretation of meaning.” Meaning must absolutely be interpreted—and mediated to the reader—at every turn.
In an appendix he evaluates some Bible versions, most of them older English versions.
The article is well worth your time.
Since it concerns me personally in our location, I found this to be an amazing statistic as far as global comparisons. And I don’t even have a smartphone.
About the time the state phone company got their public phones on just about every street corner in Brazil a few years back, mobile started growing and taking over. (It threw away millions because it couldn’t see the trend coming.) Now it’s hard to find a Brazilian without a smartphone.
And now it’s hard to have a conversation (or a worship meeting) without a smartphone turning up to interrupt.
There are downsides but advantages, too. See the link above for more.