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Re-ignite Bible Reading That’s Become Boring—David Murray
I always love blog posts that encourage us to be more faithful readers of the Word, which is why I wrote on it before in January. Great stuff from David here.
We’ve all been there. Reading the Bible can become boring. Our eyes are on the page but our minds are everywhere else; because everywhere else is just so much more interesting. That black book without pictures just isn’t quite so exciting as the black device that can show us anything in the world in just a click. We may pick up our Bibles, open the pages, and scan the lines, but our hearts just aren’t in it. We force ourselves to read our chapter(s) or fill up our allotted time, but we really can’t wait to finish and get on to much more fascinating and enjoyable things.
Community Matters: The Importance of Transformational Small Groups—Ed Stetzer
As I was editing this post for Ed’s blog on Tuesday and prepping it to post yesterday, I knew I wanted to share it on my blog. I found the urgency of small groups proposed in this post to be very important.
If we want our churches to be healthy, we will be intentional and strategic in the development and cultivation of a multiplying network of small groups that bind the church together.
As we see it, all groups can have three functions: a connection function, a formation function, and a mission function. And for small groups to be successful, they must have qualified leaders whose skill sets have been matched to the purpose of the group.
What Did Jesus Look Like?—Scot McKnight
I don’t very much care what Jesus looked like, really, and often find these sorts of endeavors to be sort of useless. But one thing that is pretty neat when you talk about WHAT Jesus looked like is that you acknowledge his humanity. Too often we think (or at least I do) of Jesus as a heavenly being that came to be with us for a time, and we forget he was ACTUALLY a man. Exploring what Jesus looked like, if nothing else, reminds us of the reality of his humanity.
This is nothing new but from a news report about a decade back, but many have not seen this image or heard about the study.
On the basis of archaeology, art, forensic anthropology, and some anatomy and biology, here’s what the experts think.
Average height of a Jewish male in the 1st Century? 5 feet one inch. Average weight? 110 pounds.
I love little informative videos like this. Fascinating.