• The free list service I use is being updated today. I’ve sent a Cloudburst poem to the list, but it hasn’t come back for confirmation. So I guess that’s a sign that the update is still going on.

• Vicki is packing for our trip tomorrow. I’ll wait until then, I think. Just a seven-day trip.

• With spring time come the bugs, and we’re getting overrun by them. Our little window screens aren’t keeping them out.

• Aquarium has been repopulated with fish, though many of them are very small fry.

• In recent days we’ve received Gospel Advocate magazine, Voice of Truth International magazine, and Bulletin Digest magazine. Continue reading

Just read over on NRO a phrase of Wm. Buckley, “We exist to make a point, not a profit.” I like that. Christians could borrow that and say, “We exist to to preach, not make a profit.”

But I keep hearing preachers talking about preaching jobs. It’s shameful. People who talk like that betray themselves. They’re not missionaries, but mercenaries. Preaching is not a job, it’s a service. And a service to God, not to paymasters.

The Tennessean (via USAToday) reports that the revisors of this latest edition of the New International Version took the temp of evangelicals, so it’s geared to them. Tones down gender language, for one.

Wonder if it improves the bad passages any. Let’s check it out, it’s online at BibleGateway.com for viewing, print editions out next year.

Hmm, sinful nature is still in there. They replaced it with carne (flesh) in the Portuguese edition.

The NIV has an annoying habit of omitting particles, like “For,” at the beginning of sentences. That probably won’t change.

What else do you see?

The following description comes from a stylebook for journalists and religion writers as they write about religion. As such, it’s not a dictionary or theological treatise. Still, it presents an interesting perspective.

Churches of Christ: There is no central headquarters or organization for the Churches of Christ, as each congregation is autonomous. Members have traditionally regarded their churches as a restoration of the New Testament church. They typically do not use instrumental music in worship because, they say, the New Testament does not command it, and whatever is not commanded is forbidden. Baptism by immersion is generally regarded as essential for salvation. The minister of a congregation is addressed by members as Brother. Do not use the honorific the Rev. for Church of Christ ministers. Do not refer to the space for worship as a sanctuary; auditorium is usually preferred. Do not refer to the communion table as an altar; use communion table.

How would you tweak it?

From Ireland comes this good article, by Kelly O’Rourke,with three good points about Philip and the eunuch. This tidbit here:

“…he told him the good news about Jesus.”

3.  Tell them about Jesus.  Once the person has agreed to study the Bible with you, your main task is to introduce them to the Savior.  This includes his perfect life, his saving death and resurrection, his plan of salvation, and his church.

Check it out here.

Our good brother Weylan Deaver has an excellent article on “Intercession and Mediation.” Here’s a hefty part of it, but not near all of it, which deserves calm and careful study.

There is nothing in either the concept of intercession or the biblical context of intercession to limit it to a single party. In point of fact, as these examples show, multiple parties are involved in interceding.

Mediation is a different story. “For there is one God, and there is one mediator [Gr. mesites] between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5). A mesites is a go-between, belonging solely to neither party, but who represents at least two parties, each to the other. Think of it this way. An intercessor pleads on another’s behalf (imagine an arrow pointing one way, from the intercessor to God). But a mediator represents two parties to each other (imagine arrows pointing both directions, from saints to God and from God to saints). Being God, Jesus is perfectly qualified to present God to men. And, having become a man, Jesus is perfectly qualified to present men to God. Christ’s station is unique. He is the gateway to atonement, the door to redemption. As mediator, Jesus is the conduit of two-way representation, bringing God and redeemed man together. No one else could. This is why there can be multiple intercessors, but only a single mediator. Let us thank God for both! –via Intercession and Mediation

Weylan does a good job of helping us to get a handle on two important, yea, essential, concepts of Scripture.

Wonder if he’ll let us translate it into Portuguese?

Late, but stuffed with juicy tidbits, just in time for Thanksgiving! Here’s the table we’ve piled on for you:

  • Who’s studying the Bible with whom, for conversion;
  • Teaching moments, both at home and in the capital;
  • Ladies from region go to national event, help organize;
  • Coming up: teaching at a preacher-training school, visit from an elder;
  • Support situation unchanged over the last months;
  • Internet tip for a great starting place;
  • News about family and friends.

You can read all this by downloading the PDF file on the GoSpeak website HERE.

• Some time back I’d highlighted this sentence from Holladay’s commentary on 1 Cor.: “Life in Christ is a constant interaction of being acted upon by God and acting in response to God.” That probably means more to me now than it did then.

• I bought my copy of the commentary from sr. Andrade in Belo Horizonte. It has his stamp on the title page, with the date he acquired it: 2 April 1987. He was a good man and effective teacher who died after being hit by a car, as he crossed the avenue in front of his apartment. I miss him and his no-nonsense attitude.

• Coming up: Brazil anniversary #26 on Nov. 28.

• Ron Thomas shared a great phrase yesterday, in the middle of his post about our Bible reading for the day, Ephesians 3. I quote him up to that phrase: Continue reading