Category Archives: Christian

Christ died for sins, once for all. The righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.

Godparents

Godparents are something of an anachronism nowadays.

I think that asking someone you trust to watch out for your kid is invaluable.  There will come a time when Steph & I are anathema to our children, and when having another set of thoughtful, loving Christians praying for them and giving them wise counsel just seems like a no brainer.

So we thank God for the six saintly souls who look out for our girls – for the way the actively seek things to pray for them, and for their working hard to be part of their lives.

Proverbs 18

From Proverbs 18:18-22

When two “big men” go at it long enough, the best resolution is often a coin-toss.

If your friend is offended, it can be harder to resolve than P vs NP. Reconnecting is as likely as the road runner being caught.

So be careful with your mouth – it writes the cheques you end up cashing. It can set the course of a life.

God blesses Christian guys incredibly with the wives he gives them. (Especially me!)

Proverbs 29

Political climbers hate the truth and whoever speaks it, but good leaders protect honest men.

(Don’t be a fool who lets his anger vent without restraint. Keep it under control, frame its truth constructively, and gain a reputation for wisdom.)

Any leader who cultivates yes-men & liars will end up surrounded by evil.

(Both the oppressed & oppressor have this in common – they live at the mercy of Almighty God.)

If a leader judges his people fairly, no matter how junior or senior, his career & influence will continue to extend.

Psalm 28

To you, my king, I call – don’t ignore my cry lest I collapse in a heap.

Hear my pleas for mercy, when I cry for help and turn, with eyes cast down, toward your Son, my saviour.

Don’t lump me in with the baddies – they work toward evil while smiling & nodding their heads. Pay them back fairly, Lord – see to it that justice is served, because they don’t even consider you.

You are blessed, Lord! I know you have heard my cries for help – your spirit intercedes for me!

You are my strength & shield!

When I read your word, my heart is made strong. When I trust you, your spirit ministers to my tiredness. When I remember your goodness & power, my heart sings.

You are the strength of your people, and your son our saving refuge. Save your people and bless your heritage!

Be my shepherd and carry me forever.

Proverbs 19

Verses 17-23 in my own translation.

Being kind to the poor is like loaning God money. He never goes bankrupt and always pays you back.

Discipline your kids well while they are young, or you will watch them suffer when they are older and you can no longer fix things.

Men with anger management issues invariably suffer the consequences. Be careful if you bail him out – it won’t be the last time.

Discipline your own mind when you are young, and listen to wise counsel, so you can be wise when you are older.

You may think you’ve got it all figured out, but God’s plans are the ones that actually happen.

When looking for men, seek fidelity. It is better for you to be poor than known as a liar.

Above all, fear God, and sleep well at night.

Bible versions as Star Wars characters

Say you’re trying to explain the differences between English language translations of the bible to a nerd.

Where do you start…?

NASB – C3PO. Very technical and rigid, but mostly right on.

ESV – Yoda. Not wordy, but backwards worded at times. It’s mostly right, but almost impossible to quote quickly.

The Message – Jar Jar Binks. Kinda out there. You know what it’s saying, but you wouldn’t rely on it for anything serious.

KJV – Obi Wan Kenobi. An old fossil, but for some reason still gets the job done for die-hard traditionals.

NIV – Han Solo. Simple to understand. Good when you need something quick but effective. Some have major issues with it though.

Hebrew/Greek – R2D2/Chewbacca. Can’t understand either without an education or translator.

NKJV – Princess Leah. Diplomatic sounding, yet understandable to most. It appeases those looking for that traditional tone, but it’s also modern enough to fly a space ship and fire a blaster.

TNIV – R5-D4. That’s the droid who blows up before R2D2 gets purchased in Star Wars 4. The TNIV got discontinued and was replaced by the NIV11.

HCSB (Holman) – Qui Gon Jinn. It’s a very good translation, and most know it is very good, but for some reason it’s not super popular and is kinda mysterious.

[ edit: added from a friend… ]
RSV – Anakin. While originally promised much good, was eventually turned and used as a source of power by the dark side. Everyone hopes he comes good again.

[ edit#2: suggestion from our bible study group… ]
GNT (Good News) – Luke Skywalker. Not especially intellectual, but stays true to its calling and has its heart in the right place – may be responsible for more saved lives than any other..?

Any other ideas?

Initial set cleaned up from this thread via Jodie McNeil with additional input from John Dekker and the best Connect Group at Donvale Presbyterian Church.

Reflecting on QandA

Acts 7:57-58:

57 But the studio audience and the panel cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him.
58 Then they cast him before a national audience and verbally stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young woman named Catherine.

What a remarkable hour of television last night on the ABC’s Q&A program!

Under direct, hostilely-framed questioning from every audience-member, with vituperative, personal attacks from panelists interrupting his answers, Peter Jensen stood out as the most rational, caring, gracious participant the program has seen.

Maybe it was the way he thanked every questioner regardless of their tone. Perhaps his humility in gently correcting the linguistic premise of one of Jones’s snide one-liners.

Or it could have just been the stark contrast between his calm, rational, constructive attempts at response, and Deveney’s repeated, obnoxious content-free interruptions and ad hominem.

The difference in world-views was clear-cut.

Come to think of it, Deveney may have just provided the best pre-evangelistic message possible.