"Does Your Preferred Bible Translation Say Which Star Wars Character You're Like?"
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by jkarlson9
3w ago
Does your preferred Bible translation identify the Star Wars character you are most like? Don't doubt me on this; it comes from an Internet meme, so you know it's true. After all those persecution blogs, we need a palate cleanser. Rankings stolen and refined with permission from King David’s Treasury of Memes for Israelite Teens. A long time ago, in a blog far, far away... Let's start by determining what you look for in a Bible translation. Pick your single most important Bible translation characteristic. Mainlined from the source: straight, no chaser. As grammatically accurate an Englis ..read more
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Top 10 Most Dangerous Countries for Christians (2024), Part 3 of 3
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by jkarlson9
1M ago
There are still places where Christians are persecuted, dispossessed, tortured, or killed for their faith. Here are the four last countries from 2024's Most Dangerous Countries for Christians, as ranked by the Open Doors World Watch List. Quick Note: Before taking offense at my gallows humor, know I’m not demeaning anyone, belittling their situation, or exploiting their victimhood. I’m not above that kind of writing. I'm just not doing it now.  4. Eritrea The Good Hey, I didn't expect to find anything, either. But apparently, Eritrea recognizes three Christian denominations: E ..read more
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Top 10 Most Dangerous Countries for Christians (2024), Part 2 of ?
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by jkarlson9
2M ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9eVThBXQWI Christianity is the world’s largest religion, but there are still places where Christians are persecuted, dispossessed, tortured, or killed for their faith. Submitted for your disapproval are three more countries from 2024's Most Dangerous Countries for Christians, as ranked by the Open Doors World Watch List. Quick Note: Before you take offense at my gallows humor, know that I’m not demeaning anyone, belittling their situation, or exploiting their victimhood. I’m not above that kind of writing –I am a blogger after all–  I'm just not doing ..read more
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Top 10 Most Dangerous Countries for Christians (2024) Part 1 of ?
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by jkarlson9
3M ago
Please allow me to steal from some 2011 dude a bit (plagiarism is so in style these days). Sadly, I can steal almost verbatim from List Boy. "Some think Christianity’s flawed past and modern emphasis on grace and forgiveness make it an easy (perhaps deserving) target for criticism, even reverse discrimination. Scathing rhetoric is part of any healthy debate, but should it go so far as to turn a blind eye to persecution? Christianity is one of the world’s predominant religions, but there are still many places where Christians are persecuted, dispossessed, tortured, or killed for their faith. Of ..read more
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Wait, Who is Calling?
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by Derrick Bledsoe
3M ago
The following is a recap of the problems with the devotional, Jesus Calling, and some suggestions for an alternative. (Originally published on 9/24/2018) Ah! The morning comes, the smell of coffee is in the air, and still in your pajamas you reach for your devotional to begin the day with some spiritual nourishment. Rather than reading the Bible, a friend turned you on to a popular devotional: Jesus Calling. It's a popular book, no doubt. Published by Thomas Nelson originally in 2004, Jesus Calling has sold over 15 million copies. Written by Sarah Young, the devotional captures the words ..read more
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Biblical/Cultural Literacy QUIZ
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by jkarlson9
4M ago
Biblical literacy lets you have more in common with other believers. This common knowledge helps Christians communicate, work, play, and live together, ultimately forming a community of individuals that can - given time - become a vibrant Christian culture. Fractious on theology maybe, but united in values, so no one has doubts about what the definition of "is" is. E.D. Hirsch makes this point (much better) on a secular level in Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know. In it, he lamented the loss of common knowledge that unites us as Americans. "Unlike expert knowledge (Cultural L ..read more
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Biblical Literacy, Part 3 Links
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by jkarlson9
5M ago
"This too, shall pass". - My Best Friend's Wedding, 1997. "You SHALL NOT PASS!" - Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring, 200l. - My pre-Cal professor, 1985. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIgD4x5VnkM "This too shall pass" certainly sounds Biblical, but like my Pre-Cal answers and My Best Friend's Wedding, sounding true doesn't make something true, much less Biblical. "This too shall pass" likely came from useful but non-divine Jewish folklore. My non-true Pre-Cal answers were only useful for fertilizer. Which is why Biblical Literacy is so important. While you probably suspected from context th ..read more
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Biblical Literacy, Part 2: So What's the Plan(s)?
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by jkarlson9
5M ago
"The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and goodwill, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee." - Jules Winnfield, Pulp Fiction ( ,inaccurate but he's trying, Ringo. He's trying REAL HARD.) https://www.youtu ..read more
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A Self-Portrait (Of Self-Righteousness)
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by Derrick Bledsoe
7M ago
A quick examination of the Pharisee's response to Jesus' miracles reveal a lot about the nature of self-righteousness, and we all can learn from it. I've always loved the arts. While in the fourth grade, I was introduced to classical music through a program called Music Memory. We listened to a selection of well-known classical compositions, were told the composer's name, and expected to remember them. I had an easy time remembering them, but there was one piece that especially stood out to me: Trumpet Voluntary by Henry Purcell. At that same time, I was learning to play the (dreaded) Recorde ..read more
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Biblical Literacy, Part 1
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by jkarlson9
7M ago
"My Mom's boyfriend says Christmas is when Frosty the Snowman fights the Devil." - Unaccompanied Minors, 2006. As the #1 Bestseller in the world, it's safe to say Bible ownership in the United States is super high. According to the American Bible Society, who really should know about these kinds of things, 9/10 American households own at least one Bible, and the average household has three of'em. You know, somewhere in all this mess. But owning something and using it are two different things. One word: Soloflex. How bad is the problem? The United Kingdom Bible Society surveyed British children ..read more
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