Yesterday I finished my 2018-2019 lectionary bookmarks. I have five bookmarks; one for each of the readings: 1st reading, Psalm, Epistle, and Gospel reading (and one for the Alleluia).
Whenever my daughter and I have breakfast, I like to read to her the Bible verses for the upcoming Sunday.… Read the rest
An uplifting song on Spotify: Weightless by Natasha Bedingfield
The sky is the limit
And I just wanna float
Free as a spirit on a journey of hope
Cut the strings and let me go
I’m weightless, I’m weightless
Millions of balloons tethered to the ground
Weight of the world tries to hold us down
Cut the strings and let me go
I’m weightless, I’m weightless,
I’m weightless, I’m weightless…
I love the positivity in this song, and the undertones of not worrying.… Read the rest
Just for kicks, one of these days I want to do a deep study on the word “pity” in the Bible. Just for Mr. T’s sake.
For now, here is the frequency at which the word “pity” appears in various translations of the Bible:
30 times: KJV
33 times: NKVJ
43 times: NIV
41 times: ESV
28 times: NASB… Read the rest
It’s December! Do you have any Advent devotional booklets? Many churches hand them out during this time of a year. Advent devotions are a great way to remind yourself about what Christmas is really about–the birth of our Savior!
At my wife’s Catholic church in Oak Park, they hand out Advent devotion booklets every year.… Read the rest
His thoughts in text form:
Have you ever noticed that phrase people often say after disasters, “Our thoughts and prayers are with you”? I wonder sometimes what really are their Thoughts? And why don’t they pray? Maybe they don’t have Enough Time?… Read the rest
Joy is one of my favorite things. In fact, I’m a little overjoyed at how many blog posts on spudart.org I’ve written about joy!
What brings you joy
The simple joys of public art
Time shouts for joy
The meaning of joy
And so on (all the joy posts on spudart.org)
If you also like joy, then how about an entire book explaining all the ins and outs of joy.… Read the rest
At the start of every year, each person in my Bible study group sets goals for the year. We use the Personal Growth Plan (pdf) provided by Park Community Church’s small groups curriculum.
Spiritual goals are an odd thing for me.… Read the rest
It’s pretty cool to see that my Pinterest board of Jesus’ baptism is seeing some traffic. Back in 2013, I created a board to collect together interpretations of Jesus’s baptism.
This board is seeing more traffic due to Jesus’ baptism being covered in January by most churches that use the lectionary schedule.… Read the rest
How many verses are in the New Testament? Oddly, there isn’t a definitive answer online about how many verses are in the ESV New Testament.
Catholic-Resources.org says there are 7956 verses. But that’s based on the NJB version. This same page lists the number of verses for various versions:
The ESV is missing from this list.… Read the rest
Do you know of any blogs that dedicated to Greek or Hebrew? Studylight.org had a blog called Greek Thoughts in their Language Studies section. However, it hasn’t been updated since 2014. The Hebrew thoughts looks to be current.
I would love to read more blogs that focus on interpreting Greek or Hebrew words in the Bible.… Read the rest