Always the next

February 12, 2011

Quelle saison préférez-vous?
Je préfère toujours la prochain!

Reading sense

February 11, 2011

“It is important to acquire early in life the power of reading sense wherever you happen to be. I first read Tamburlaine while traveling from Larne to Belfast in a thunderstorm, and first read Browning’s Paracelsus by a candle which went out and had to be relit whenever a big battery fired in a pit below me, which I think it did every four minutes that whole night” (Lewis, Surprised by Joy, 32).

Did you catch that? Lewis read Paracelsus in a fox hole in world war one with bombs exploding around him, at night, by candle light. Now that is book sense.

I’m learning the joy’s of reading sense, as Lewis describes it. First, always have a book in arms reach no matter where you are — some unexpected delay may afford you the perfect opportunity to steal some minutes in a book. Second, learn to read in short spurts, in an environment full of distractions and noise. Third, have a book next to the bed at night, rather than being frustrated you can’t sleep, be thankful for the chance to read.

Quote of the day

February 11, 2011

“Growing maturity is marked by the increasing liberties we take with our traveling” (Lewis, Surprised by Joy, 32)


February 10, 2011

“Humility is the key. It is not a stepping stone to greatness, it is greatness” (Tidball, Ministry by the Book, 28).

Tidball on leadership

February 10, 2011

“The single most important lesson for the leader to learn is that he/she is first a sheep and not a shepherd; first a child and not a father or mother; first an imitator, not a model. Rather than thinking only about those biblical images that set him/her apart, the leader should reflect on the many more images that apply to him/her as fully as to any other believer” (Bennett, Biblical Images, from Tidball, Ministry by the Book, 36).

Praying for the Blacks

February 9, 2011

As many of you are aware, Dave Black — infamous unblogger — reports that his wife Becky receives her first radiation treatment tomorrow (Thursday) under the cyber-knife treatment. I feel led to fast for them tomorrow, and am saying this only so that you too might consider whether God might lead you to pray and fast for them as well. I also plan on praying specifically for the persecuted believers in Ethiopia, a concern which is near and dear to the Black’s heart. Consider lifting up this dear couple with me, and those in Africa to whom they minister, as the Blacks begin treatments tomorrow.

Nixing my introduction

February 8, 2011

In writing an introduction to an article on the language of the NT, I thought about beginning it like this:

If a broad, lazy river were followed progressively upstream one would soon discover that several smaller rivers joined it. The river would quickly narrow as it meandered through open fields and pastures. It would make some surprising twists and rapid plunges over waterfalls as it neared the foot-hills. At the end of the journey one would eventually discover that the river originated as a cool brook high up in the mountains. One can make a similar journey in tracing the development of the languages of the world. For example, if one were to follow the river of the English language upstream one would soon wander through the Old English countryside. Not long afterwards, the river would be joined by the French and Spanish streams, and eventually the journey would lead to the bubbling brook of the Latin language.

I decided to cut out the whole paragraph. Why? For one thing, I don’t want to risk being cheesy. Also, the article is supposed to be as succinct as possible, and I’m afraid such an introduction is a-succinct.

When it comes to the language of the New Testament, Stanley Porter’s essay is a classic that I’m enjoying reading. Porter concludes:

whereas it is not always known how much and on which occasions Jesus spoke Greek, it is virtually certain that he
used Greek at various times in his itinerant ministry. It is probable that we have his actual words in Mark 15:2 and
parallels, and may well have a passage of his teaching originally delivered in Greek recorded in Matthew 16:17-19.

Read the full article here: DID JESUS EVER TEACH IN GREEK?

More melody

February 7, 2011

Melody’s valentines outfit

We enjoyed a brisk walk yesterday

For an excellent, exhaustive bibliography on the language of the NT, click HERE.


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