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Do you need to be refreshed?

In between Greek pronouns and Hildegard of Bingen (the subject of my term paper in Church History) I managed to read and thoroughly enjoy Shona and David Murray's book Refresh. I've reviewed it today at Out of the Ordinary.

Here is a snippet from the opening: 

OverwhelmedExhausted. Depreessed. Panicky. Stressed. Burned out. Broken. Paralyzed. Drowning. Empty. Recognize yourself in any of these words? Maybe in all of them?  
You're not alone. These are the most common words I've heard Christian women useing to describe themselves and their lives. 
Whatever happened to the words peaceful, calm, joyful, content, quiet, rested, refreshed, and fulfilled? Wouldn't you like to exchange the second set of words for the first? 

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This was an encouraging and helpful book. I would definitely recommend it. 


Easter with Eschatology

It's crunch time at school. It's unfortunate that the end of the semester is running into Easter, because I'm sure most students at my school are feeling the pressure, and sometimes, that distracts us from what's happening around us.

In my systematic theology class this week, I've been immersed in eschatology. It is intereting to be looking at the culmination of God's plan and the end of the age while being in the middle of Easter. And yet, it is rather fitting in some ways. The death and resurrection of Christ is what allows the end to be what it is promised for those who believe. Revelation 21:1-4 says:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth pased awy, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and he will dwell anong them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself with be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.

We can't have what is depicted here apart from what happens on Good Friday. So, while it seems out of sync to be studying eschatology during Easter, it is a reminder of what it ultimately bought: our entrance into a new heaven and a new earth.

Today, at Out of the Ordinary, Becky is writing about the death of Jesus. It was just what I needed this morning. It reminds me of what was done for me so that I may partake of the new heaven and the new earth.


Are you locked in?

Locked in to your perception of things, that is.

That is something I am writing about this morning at Out of the Ordinary.

As Christians, part of learning humility is understanding that we are not the centre of the universe. It is likely that we will come across other Christians who will look at the exact same situation and come to different conclusions. That may trouble us, because we want to be united with our brothers and sisters in Christ. But it is a reality we have to come to grips with. 

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Bible study yet again

That is the topic of my post at Out of the Ordinary this morning. Specificially, I am reviewing an excellent book on studying the Bible, Journey into God's Word, by Duvall and Hays.

Bible study books seem to exist at very wide poles: the very introductory on one end and the very advanced on the other. There are not many in between, and I think this one meets that need. I believe it can still be used by a beginner, but it will suit a student for a while. Furthermore, because this book is a scaled down version of Duvall and Hays's book Grasping God's Word, there is a resource for further explanation and added depth.

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Why study Leviticus?

I know, I know; that sounds about as appealing as watching paint dry. Personally, I find Leviticus fascinating. And it is necessary to understand. I'm talking a little about that at Out of the Ordinary this morning. Here is a snippet:

There are many reasons to study Leviticus, but time and space don't allow me to probe them all. I will, however, share one good reason: because in his first epistle, the apostle Peter relies on it to explain what holiness is.

When a New Testament writer uses an Old Testament reference, we should stop and ask ourselves why. How is he using that Old Testament citation to build his teaching? What does the reference say about the unity of the two testaments? It's a time in our study when we must stop and think about what lies behind the author's purpose.

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