This post is part of my continuing series which showcases the strengths of other great bloggers. You can view other “Blogs I Wish I Wrote” by clicking here.
In today’s installment of BIWIW I’m featuring Lex Loizides’ Blog, which almost daily features a short story from the history of the church. Currently Lex is blogging through the figures that influenced the First Great Awakening here in America: Jonathan Edwards, John and Charles Wesley, George Whitefield, and others.
The BIWIW comes from Lex’s retelling of a several day period in the life of John Wesley where Wesley approaches evangelism only when he felt moved by the Spirit, much like present day Charismatics. I appreciate people who are moved by the Spirit to evangelize and have seen amazing fruit from the process. But if the truth be told, I think many Charismatics miss something in this approach. To find out how John Wesley faired, continue reading Lex’s post here.
Today’s installment of “Blogs I Wish I Wrote” features a post from Randy Bohlender. Randy, better than anyone I read or know of is qualified to speak on behalf of the pro-life movement about what happened to Dr. George Tiller. Randy is an advocate for the unborn, a practitioner of adoption, and a voice for redemption in the fight for the rights of unborn children.
It comes as no surprise then that everything that I and many other pro-lifers were subconsciously chewing on, he has articulated extremely well in his latest posts. The death of Tiller was in no way a victory for our movement, just another opportunity for gross misunderstanding on all sides. Randy’s post takes us beyond just the sad death of this doctor and looks at the struggle that has brought us here. I would encourage you to read his post on the subject here and take a look at some of the follow up thoughts here.
It’s time for another installment of “Blogs I Wish I Wrote.” Today’s featured blog comes from Mark at Godgrown. I’ve been following Mark for awhile now and I really appreciate a lot of what he writes. There have been a couple of times where he has taken some topic that has gripped the national headlines and turned it on it’s head in a way that causes me to understand the Gospel or the Kingdom in a new light. In a way it’s quite a bit like how Jesus would use parables in his day to convey divine truth and Mark is pretty good at it. Previously I’ve seen him take the Federal Bailout that recently happened and use it to communicate God’s heart to “bail us out” of our sin.
Today, however, Mark looks at how the church is supposed to possess a message that spreads much like the Swine Flu, and he calls it the Kingdom Flu. Mark not only gives us a good picture for how the message of the Gospel is supposed to spread, but delves into why it’s not and what it would look like if it did. I’m a little jealous of what Jesus taught through Mark today, so it goes on the list of “Blogs I Wish I Wrote.” You can read it here.
From time to time, I like to start new features here in the blog. You can check out my last new feature that I started, called “Blogs I Wish I Wrote” here. Now, to be honest, I’ve only posted a “Blog I Wish I Wrote” one time….but I haven’t seen any blogs I’ve been jealous over lately…so I’m kind of limited here, okay?
Let me give you a little background on this new feature. See, awhile ago I bought this great new ESV bible with giant, lined margins for note-takers like myself. I’ve always wanted a bible that took the space most Bibles give to commentary and leaves it empty for you to write your own commentary. The cynical side of me believes the market for a Bible like this has to be incredibly small. Regardless, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Bible and am quickly filling up the pages.
Anyways, it’s time for another new feature called “Notes From the Margins.” My hope is to post here somewhat regularly something that I’ve discovered in my Bible reading and scrawled across the note-taking sides of my new Bible. Now, like any good feature there are a few rules and guidelines. I will list them here and refer back to them when I post:
- I will quote the passage of the scripture I am commenting on first before I give any thoughts on the passage in question. I do not do this for my benefit, but for yours. Please take the time to read the passage before you read my thoughts. I will not respond to anyone who has obviously not read the quote and just wants to argue based on opinions.
- These are the notes in my Bible, nothing more, nothing less. Please test them against the Scripture quoted in the post. See Rule #1.
- These are the notes in my Bible, not yours. You should feel free to contradict what I say in my post in the comment section if you want, but at the end of the day, I may not erase my notes from my Bible or from this blog if I still disagree with you.
- Notes are notes. What I mean by that is these are things that I scribble down as I am in the moment. They are ideas that are not static or the mature fruit of study. Often they will be ideas in seed form that the Lord will develop as we go. Please allow me (and others) to change our minds on these verses as the Lord gives more light. See Note # 2.
- Participation is great. I could keep these thoughts in the margins of my Bible, but no one would benefit from them. Please comment on my thoughts, leave your own, and even feel free to post your own “Notes from the Margins” in the comment section or on your own blog. If you decide to post your own notes on your own blog, let me know so I can link you in.
Okay, so those are the rules, kids. Have fun. Look for a “Notes from the Margins” post in your neighborhood soon!
I know it’s possible to set up my RSS Feeder so that anyone who reads my blog can see exactly what blogs I’m reading on a daily basis. This feature bothers me just a bit because I frequently don’t agree with the content of all the blogs that I read. Sometimes it’s good to read people who totally disagree with you to get a better perspective. This has caused me to dream up a new feature on this blog, one I like to call “Blogs I Wish I Wrote.” In “Blogs I Wish I Wrote” I will feature either a snippet of a profound or humourous blog or a link to one, which, while reading, I say to myself “Man, I wish I was the guy who wrote that.”
Today’s “Blog I Wish I Wrote” comes all the way from South Africa, where Jono, a man I had the priviledge of living with for a year, shares in two short paragraphs the mystery of how God can command us to be what we are not. I would quote it here, but the whole post is so profound and short, that to post only part would not due it justice but to post all of it would be stealing. Instead, I point you to “One Necessary Thing and Some Other Stuff” by Jonathan and encourage you to read and ponder that which the Lord is sharing with him.