Monday, February 6, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Quotes Above My Church Office Laptop Desk

Clockwise from top:

"See your day in terms of people and relationships first, not tasks." --Matt Perman, What's Best Next, p. 294

Colossians 1:28-29, ESV: Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. 

"The best life is a series of daring excursions from a secure and orderly base." --David Brooks, "The Good Order" in NY Times, online, 9/25/2014

"You don't need more time, you just need to decide." --Seth Goden

Atheists "An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support." --John Buchan

Reminder: "My work is not to fix people. It is to lead people in the worship of God and to lead them in living a holy life." --Eugene Peterson, The Pastor, p. 137

"I am: BECAUSE OF JESUS I AM: A CHILD OF GOD. BORN AGAIN. JUSTIFIED. CRUCIFIED. RISEN. PARTAKER OF HIS DIVINE NATURE. FORGIVEN. CALLED. SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH. BLESSED WITH ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS. THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. IN CHRIST JESUS. COMPLETE IN HIM. A NEW CREATURE. REDEEMED. LOVED. SANCTIFIED. DELIVERED FROM THE POWERS OF DARKNESS. RECONCILED. AN HEIR OF GOD AND A JOINT HEAR WITH JESUS. GOD'S GIFT TO CHRIST. RESURRECTED. GLORIFIED. MORE THAN A CONQUEROR. SECURE. THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST. CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST. FREE OF CONDEMNATION. I AM WHAT I AM BY THE GRACE OF GOD."

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Top 10 Writerly Typewriters/Typewriter Review

"The list is numbered, but don’t let the numbering sway you. Any of these will do the job. Most are from the 1950s or later. They’re not collectible. They’re not antiques. They’re for working writers.

     If you like to write (stories, lists, letters, etc.) and would like to do so with a bit of nostalgia and free of the temptations to constantly check email or online news headlines, you might just want to take a look at above link. I have one of his recommendations, the Olympia SM7, and it's easy to see why it made his Top Ten list. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Journaling: Books to Read


"The most important part of the reading journal is this: When I start reading a book, I write the title and the author at the top of the page, and begin taking notes. It doesn’t matter if it’s a business book or a novel, I’m always making notes. Quotes, ideas that pop into my head, insights, everything. It’s not simply a book of lists. It’s a memoir of experiences in reading.

If you like reading and you like journaling, you'll appreciate this post by Berin Kinsman.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Eclinktics (Eclectic Links) No. 2

Eight more links covering a variety of topics: 


It’s the end for Iraqi Christians

Amazing art studio shed in beautiful Fife countryside

Cutting Quills on Vimeo (Via the Cramped)

Journal Day 12.10.2013
 

What is Blackwing? Palomino’s Short Film Provides the Answer

 A Solzhenitsyn Eleventary

Ink, glorious ink: Charles Dickens at work with quills

 


 

 

“14 Thoughts on Bible Reading and/or Listening”



   While searching online for some information on how to do a personal logbook, I stumbled upon a writer’s blog named Austin Kleon. He has a blog post titled “33Thoughts on Reading.*” (Warning: The otherwise excellent post uses an an unnecessary expletive.) One of his thoughts is “I will make time for reading the way I make time for meals or brushing my teeth.” Commendable! And it provoked this thought in my mind: What if every member of the Christian church, including myself, adopted that commitment to reading and/or listening to the Bible? I read the rest of Austin Kleon’s thoughts on reading books in general and adapted and reduced the list to 14 thoughts on reading and listening to the Bible:

1. I will make time for reading/listening to my Bible like I make time for meals and brushing my teeth (or checking facebook).

2. I will make an effort to carry the Bible with me at all times on my person and in my heart.

3. I will not let my smart-phone distract me, even if it means turning it off.

4. I will read with a pencil. I will underline. I will write in the margins.

5. I will copy down favorite passages in a notebook with my own hand to know what writing the words feels like and to help me remember it.

6. I will reread favorite passages the way I watch TV re-runs, re-watch movies and listen to favorite songs over and over.

7. I will keep a record of the books of the Bible I read each year.

8. When I find a verse that speaks loudly to my soul, I will underline it, memorize it and share it with others.

9. As often as I can I will read the Bible aloud to someone I care about.

10. I will not harbor the illusion that just because I read the Bible I’m obeying it or am superior to others.

11. I will not boast about how much of the Bible I read. I will only boast of Christ.

12. I will let the Bible help guide my prayers.

13. I will not expect understanding to always come easy for every Bible passage or verse.

14. I will ask myself, “How would my life be different if I obeyed this passage?” And then I must obey regardless of the consequences.

*Disclaimer: Though obligated to give credit to whom credit is due, by providing the source I am not endorsing the use of any inappropriate language used therein.