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Schedule Change

I am going to update my posting schedule one more time to hopefully get to do everything I want to get done.  I will be posting my “Through the Bible” posts on Tuesday, my other thoughts on Thursday and Friday will be an entertainment based post.  Entertainment will be book reviews, videos, and jokes just for fun.

Hope you enjoy…

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Godfidence

Book Review: The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

Review of Huckleberry Finn

As I begin writing this post, I don’t feel entirely adequate to review such a classic piece of American literature. Mark Twain was a brilliant man in many ways and his insight into the human condition is most astounding. The book is known to be one of the first to be written in the language of it is a kind of deep south dialect, and from the fist person view of Huck himself. This can make it terribly hard to follow and slowed my reading down considerably; it also has had a minor impact on the way I personally speak. I have found myself adding some of Huck’s colloquialisms to my own vocabulary, Bye and bye I suppose they will disappear but until then I enjoy using them.

The only other disadvantage I suffered by reading this book what the number of imitators I have experienced. Much of the comic effect was lost because many of what were original ideas have been reused so many times that they have almost become cliché. I do, however, greatly enjoy discovering where those clichés originated and I feel I have a greater insight into American literature as a whole for having read this book.

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Christianity Family Life Godfidence

The Parable of the Soils

I just read a section of a new book, “Organic Church” by Neil Cole, which book has me doing some introspection. He had a very interesting section on the Parable of the Sower, or as some call it “The Parable of the Soils”. I like this second name better as the parable seems to say much more about the soils then the sower.

This Parable can be found in Mark 4 and I am sure many people are familiar with its contents. One thing that I may have forgotten or never realized is the significance Jesus places on this parable “Then Jesus said to his followers, “Don’t you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?” perhaps indicating that this parable is foundational to all kingdom understanding, or the simplest of all parables.

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Christianity

Ash Wednesday

I completely didn’t realize this is ash Wednesday!!!  How could I have not realized that, I guess I am not paying attention.  I don’t have anything deep to say about it just that I forgot.

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Through The Bible

Through The Bible: The Great Escape

I have always enjoyed reading the Bible with a group of people because of the different perspectives that can be brought up and enjoyed. I believe that is one of the reasons Paul instructed the Corinthian church to involve all who gather:

What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church. If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and God. (I Cor. 14:26-30)

That is why I was so glad to hear from Tiney on my previous “Through the Bible” post. I was discussing the value of building altars in our lives much like our spiritual fathers did all through Genesis and she made this interesting point:

“The thing that always struck me about Biblical altars was their importance for future generations. An altar wasn’t just so you would have a reminder about what God did for you, but so you could point to it and tell your children about God’s faithfulness for Generations…

Please take a minute to see her entire comment on the post “Through The Bible: the Middle of the Beginning” That is why I want to hear from those of you who read this blog you can point out things I miss that are truly great.