This week, over at the Why We Web blog, I review ECS Ministries’ Bible Study app.
If you are looking for a great way to systematically study the Bible, you should check out my post.
The app also serves as a helpful educational tool. With materials appropriate for all age levels (8 & up) homeschool families, Sunday School teachers, youth group leaders, and parents will find the app to be a great way to engage students.
The following is an invitation to an upcoming Bible conference from the saints in Gilbertsville, PA…
To our dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
In the will of the Lord, the saints at Gilbertsville, PA intend to convene a Bible conference on the special topic of “How to Study the Bible” on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Our speaker will be brother Doug Pilgrim of Cobden, ON, Canada. Brother Doug is a veteran servant of the Lord who has much experience at teaching this subject to young people as well as preaching the gospel and Bible teaching among saints. He is an elder in the assembly meeting in the Lord’s name at Valley Gospel Chapel, Cobden, ON. He also has served the Lord in various teaching capacities at Galilee Bible Camp in nearby Haley Station, ON. The times and details are as follows:
October 18, 2014
Grace Gospel Chapel
1130 Mega Lane
10:00-11:00 Meeting 1
11:15-12:15 Meeting 2
1:30-2:30 Meeting 3
2:45-3:45 Meeting 4
Lunch will be provided, so please RSVP number of people by Sunday, October 12, 2014. You can email Keith Keyser at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 484-769-2152.
While this conference would be particularly beneficial for young people, it is open to any and all of every age group and experience in the things of God. Please spread the word among your friends and join us if you are able.
On behalf of the brethren at Gilbertsville with love in Christ,
The Bibliotheca Kickstarter project that I wrote about earlier this week (here: A Minimalist Bible For The Bibliophile) has gone viral.
When I wrote about it just 3 days ago the project had received $342,620 in funding… more than 9 times the project’s goal of $37,000. That was impressive— but since then interest in the Bibliotheca project has skyrocketed. As I write the pledged funding has jumped to $852,335 (2,303% of the project’s initial goal!!) and continues to climb.
On Kickstarter Biblotheca has been the 2nd or 3rd most popular project out of 161,964 projects over the last few days.
Additionally, Bibiotheca recently hit the mainstream media with glowing reviews from some of the biggest names in media. Here is a sample of just some of the articles:
I find all of this to be exciting on so many different levels. First and most obviously, I love the Bible. I’m looking forward to receiving and reading my copy (the scheduled delivery date is in December just in time for Christmas).
Secondly, I love books. I have several books that have been handed down to me from my grandfather, and a couple from my great-grandfather. Some are over 100 years old. It is so cool to read the very same books my ancestors read– to see what they underlined and their handwritten notes in the margin. Through this I feel a connection with prior generations.
Somehow, I cannot see my great-grandchildren combing though my ebooks. Will today’s ebooks even be accessible in 100 years? In my closet I have a few dust cover 3.5″ disks– I no longer own the technology to access 3.5″ disks. Those disks are only 20 years old.
Paperback books will not not survive the next 100 years. Cheap glue bound hardcover books will not survive either. Only high quality, hardcover books will survive the test of time– and what better book to preserve than the Bible?
Third, it’s so exciting to see the Bible draw this much attention beyond Christian circles. Truly God’s Word is alive. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8 ESV.
I highly suggest checking out the project’s page and seriously consider supporting the project. The project’s funding period ends THIS Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 3:36 PM EDT.
NOTE: Adam Lewis Greene, who is the man behind the project, recently updated Bibliotheca’s project page with an added incentive: if the project reaches the $1 million mark he will “be able to add the Deuterocanonical Books (commonly called the Apocrypha).” I am a bit disappointed by this as the Apocrypha is not a part of the inspired cannon of scripture. I have no problem with someone reading the Apocrypha as it makes for very interesting reading. However, it is not on equal footing with the inspired 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. By including the Apocrypha in the same book set as the Old and New Testaments some may not realize this all important difference.
Last week, over at the Why We Web blog, I wrote about The ESV Reader’s Bible. A Bible that I dubbed as the “Minimalist Bible”.
Yesterday I happened to come across another ‘minimalist Bible’ through this tweet:
— Christian Hipster (@ChristnHipster) July 20, 2014
While the ESV Reader’s Bible is mass produced, reasonably low priced, and intended for the general public; Bibleiotheca is a high quality, limited edition, four volume set intended for the most discerning of bibliophiles. Bibleiotheca has not been printed yet so I have not been able to actually experience it yet. However, it is available for preorder through it’s Kickstarter page.
I believe the ‘minimalist Bible’ concept has already proven itself. The above video describes this concept very well. Here are a couple of insightful quotes from the video:
The book is actually doing work to eliminate distractions…
Why is that people love stories so much and yet they view reading Biblical literature as a chore? …could it be that the encyclopedic nature of our contemporary Bibles is what’s driving this idea that the Biblical literature is dry and boring?
Another proof of concept: the Bibliotheca Kickstarter project is overfunded! Overfunded by more than a factor 9! Amazing.
If you have any interest I suggest checking out Bibliotheca’s Kickstater page immediately as the funding period is set to close THIS Sunday July 27 2014 at 3:36 PM EDT.
After the funding period expires you may never have another opportunity to purchase a set.
My post this week over at the Why We Web blog is about a new edition of the ESV translation: The ESV Reader’s Bible.
This print edition of the ESV translation does not include footnotes, multicolor text, translator notes, study helps, cross references, or even verse divisions. Why would one ever want such a Bible?? Well, in this case less really is more!
Check out the post to see why I’m reading the “Reader’s Bible.”
Link: The Minimalist Bible
“Stand to God’s Word and you stand safely. Alter one dot of the i, one cross of the t, and you are nowhere at all; you are in an enemy’s country, and you cannot defend yourself. When we have got Scripture to back us up we defy the world; but when we have nothing but our own whims, or the work of some great preacher, or the decree of a council, or the tradition of the Fathers, we are lost; we are trying to weave a rope of sand, we are building a house of cards, that must totter to the ground. The Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible is the religion of Christ’s Church. And until we come back to that the Church will have to suffer. She will not carry the ark up to the hill of Zion; she will not see His kingdom come, or his will done in earth as it is in heaven, till she has done with those bullocks and that new cart, and goes back to the New Testament plan of keeping consistently to the truth as it is in Jesus, and contending earnestly for the faith.”
C. H. Spurgeon, “Importance of Small Things in Religion,” in The New Park Street Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 6. Originally preached on April 8, 1860. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1860), 167-168.
Over at the Why We Web blog I just posted my weekly Wednesday post (yes, I know today is Thursday– I’m a little late).
This week’s post reviews a neat little app to help children memorize scripture with an engaging puzzle game. If you want to help the children in your life memorize scripture I encourage you to head over the Why We Web blog and check it out.
If you were to visit my church on a Sunday morning one of the first things you would probably notice is that the sisters have their heads covered, and the brothers have their heads uncovered. If you are not accustomed to this practice you would probably wonder why.
One might think it is simply based on longstanding tradition and not on God’s Word. The practice, however, is based on 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 and other related passages that deal with the subject of headship.
I find it interesting that as many assemblies move away from the symbolic practice of headship there is a growing rediscovery of this truth and practice in other congregations.
By way of example I have posted the above video. The accompanying sermon notes can be found here.
Published on May 13, 2014
Dr. Carlton C. McLeod, Senior Founding Pastor
Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake
740 Great Bridge Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23323
6.6.2014 13:12 EST update
This is a follow up video from Dr. Carlton C. McLeod:
Like this post? See a follow up post: The Headcovering – Redux
I just discovered that the Thomas Newberry Reference Bible is available online as a free download. See links at the bottom of this post.
If you are not familiar the Thomas Newberry Reference Bible you are probably thinking to yourself, “oh, no not another study Bible!” However, let me assure you this Reference Bible is unlike any other.
The reference Bible uses a system of symbols to indicate a wealth of information regarding the grammar and syntax of the original languages. For example, there are three different symbols to indicated if a noun or pronoun is singular, dual, or plural in the original Hebrew or Greek. This is very helpful because the tense of a word is not always clear in our English bibles.
I encourage you to check it out…
“’Hear the Word of God less in the spirit of judges than of those who shall be judged by it.”
Robert Hall, quoted in Michael A.G. Haykin, “Hearing the Word: Robert Hall’s Reflections on how best to profit spiritually from preaching,” Reformation and Revival Volume 9:1 (Winter 2000). Carol Stream, Illinois: Reformation and Revival Ministries, 2000, p. 143.