I have to admit that I like this video of Alistair Begg. So many churches these days fit the description of the church he visited and since I can only take so much "happy-clappy, 7-11" (7 verses sung 11 times) worship music, I quite often leave the Sunday service of many churches I visit feeling the need to turn on my iPod or computer and listen to meaningful hymns and even another (better) sermon. Some contemporary worship is good, but some...blech. I need songs with good doctrine that help me focus on God and His attributes.
Aimee Byrd (the Housewife Theologian) was interviewed recently on a new-to-me podcast. I'd never heard of The Confessing Baptist site but I really enjoyed the interview. It's the first of a two-part interview and I'll be watching for the second part to be posted next week. I'd like to listen to this episode again, especially since I had several interruptions when I was listening and had to keep pausing it every time I had to leave the computer.
Yesterday Precept Ministries posted a short overview on their blog about Maundy Thursday.
I came across this article after it had taken place but wanted to share it anyway since it's for a letter writing event not far from where we used to live. We kept trying to talk Paperwhite (the local paper store) in to holding an event like this but never managed to convince them. I hope "Open Envelope" was a success and that they'll hold more. Sort of made me wish I still lived close enough to attend, especially if our little letter writing club could have gone to it together.
And for Good Friday, I found these hymns (and several more) here on YouTube.
When they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples and told them, “Go into the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a young donkey tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here right away.’” So they went and found a young donkey outside in the street, tied by a door. They untied it, and some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the donkey?” They answered them just as Jesus had said, so they let them go. Then they brought the donkey to Jesus and threw their robes on it, and He sat on it. Many people spread their robes on the road, and others spread leafy branches cut from the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed kept shouting: Hosanna ! He who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One! The coming kingdom of our father David is blessed! Hosanna in the highest heaven! ~ Mark 11:1 - 12 (HCSB)
Several weeks ago I came across the blog The Time-Warp Wife. I still don't know much about the blogger but try to check it once a week and so far like most of the posts I've read. She also has a new book out but since I didn't know anything about her and hadn't seen any endorsements, I didn't think I should spend the money. After all, when you're on a limited budget one has to limit book purchases and even Kindle prices are getting ridiculous these day. It was priced at $5 or $6 but last night I saw that her book, The Virtuous Life of a Christ-Centered Wife is marked down to just 99 cents. That was a good enough price for me and since it's still marked down, thought I'd share it here. Obviously I haven't read it yet (haven't even started it yet) but hopefully it's a good book.
And now I'm off to the dump (there's no trash pick-up here but it's a pretty drive so I don't mind =D) and then the post office to mail some letters before the mail goes out.
I also saw this short article on The Lost Art of Letter Writing and anyone who lives near or will be visiting Seattle may want to check it out as they list several shops where you can find unique stationery in Seattle.
Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Todayby N.T. Wright is on sale for $2.99 (until April 21). I have to confess the "Today" part of the subtitle leaves me sort of scratching my head. Why does he think we need "a new model for understanding God’s authority and the Bible?" I'm sure many of us are guilty of misreading the Bible but I doubt there's a newfangled way of reading; my skeptical side can't help but think that Mortimer Adler's How to Read a Book (or Tony Reinke's Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books) will tell you the same thing about reading and possibly even more (grasping the authors intended meaning, not just a "what it means to me" kind of reading, etc.).
A missionary that I "follow" recently shared this blogger's review of the new movie Noah. I had no intention of going to see it even before I read this post but must admit I enjoyed his review of the movie. Actually, I laughed so hard it brought tears to my eyes. And then yesterday he posted this enlightening article about the "gender wage gap" that our illustrious politicians in DC are making a ruckus about. The same politicians who pay their male employees more than their women employees. You'd think they'd check their own payroll before they started pointing fingers and calling everyone else names. (o-0)
Now that we finally have "real" (aka unlimited) internet again, I was quickly sucked back in and was spending way too much time on the computer. Well, too much time just surfing the net and hanging out at facebook, etc. that is - I still need to spend a fair amount of time on it for legitimate things. Those things aren't wasted time but after being "internet-deprived" for several months, I was spending too much time on fluff. So this post at One Quiet Life really resonated with me.
Update (4/5) Monergism is offering a free e-book: Basics of the Reformed Faith by Kim Riddlerbarger, in both EPUB and Kindle- MOBI formats. He's one of the co-hosts on the Christian radio program The Whitehorse Inn and blogs at Riddleblog so it should be a good book. I haven't started reading it yet but did download and email it to my Kindle so it's in my TBR queue and ready to read.
And Just For Fun After several months of mild weather, it turns out winter isn't quite over yet and the other day we got a couple inches of snow. My daughter and the dog had a great time playing in the it. And I couldn't resist including this view that I snapped while we were out walking in the snow. Sadly, it no longer looks like this but it was fun while it lasted. ☺
Letters & Mail
Other than the fact that April is National Letter Writing Month (here & here), I haven't really seen much about letters until I found this article today about a retired high school teacher who is mailing letters to his former students - and the letters were written decades ago by the students to their future selves. Getting one of those in your mailbox must be quite a surprise!
I'm not sure where to put this blog or how to classify it. This blogger is a daughter of a friend and while I'm pretty sure she's a Christian, it isn't a Christian blog, or books & reading or letter writing & mail art. It's basically about their travels so I'm putting it here for now: Jen's blog: 3toGo