Me not being ‘western’ I wondered if this book was worth a read. After recommendations from a couple of friends, I read it. There was one other important reason to read it. Most of the commentaries, books, and unpacking of scripture I engage with is western. I engage a lot with ‘western theology’, whatever that means. E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien wrote Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible.
The Apostles’ Creed was not a piece of my Christian upbringing. I was raised in a non-liturgical church, but I have since gone back and tried to see if I have missed out on anything.
In my estimation, I have, slightly, because I don’t have a firmly ingrained mental connection to the ancient church. I don’t have something like the Apostles’ Creed in my head at all times, and I think that I am at a disadvantage because of that fact. Of course, there are some who do have this short theological recitation memorized but with no benefit because they have learned the word but not the meaning behind them.
I just got back from my youth group’s Bible study. We were looking at Mark 4, and I asked them why they thought Jesus used agricultural metaphors in so many of His parables.
“It’s what His audience dealt with in their daily lives.” We went on to talk about Jesus’ audience wasn’t likely schooled in deep theology, but they sure did know their seeds.
Last month, we introduced the idea of starting a ChurchMag Book Club and with a lot of support, we are going to move forward with it!
I put a poll up in our ChurchMag Facebook group on if we did the book club, which book would people want to do first and I think we had a runaway winner:
There are many different biblical and historical models of financing the church and missionary work. Sometimes it involves direct giving to a church, sometimes “tent making” where missionaries carry out a trade to fund their work. And sometimes it involves raising support for people you know who have the funds to help out. That last one can be tricky and cause people issues but luckily Chris Staplehurst has created a super simple guide that will really help you out. It’s called 12 Easy Actions for Raising Support.
Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could they didn’t stop to think if they should.
That quote, of course, came from Dr. Ian Malcom in Jurassic Park, but it just of easily could be mentioned in Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger’s new book Re-Engineering Humanity. To be clear, they aren’t anti-technology, and they aren’t nearly as snarky or shady as Ian Malcom. What they are is cautious, and they expect us to be be the same. In fact, an entire chapter of their book is spent “walking back” the slippery slope argument that has so many terrified of AI.