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    Wednesday
    Mar192014

    The Minimum Bible

    As far as design goes, I'm a fan of minimalism. I like simplistic designs, packed with power. Fast Company Design recently featured The Minimum Bible Project. Sweet stuff.

    And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
    - Exodus 3:12 (All quotations from the NIV)

    Praise the Lord.
    Praise God in his sanctuary;
        praise him in his mighty heavens.
    Praise him for his acts of power;
        praise him for his surpassing greatness.
    Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
        praise him with the harp and lyre,
    praise him with timbrel and dancing,
        praise him with the strings and pipe,
    praise him with the clash of cymbals,
        praise him with resounding cymbals.
    Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
    Praise the Lord.
    - Psalm 150 

    If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.
    - Romans 11:17-18 

    Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever—no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord.
    - Philemon 1:15-16 

    Visit The Minimum Bible and browse the gallery. Joseph Novak is selling prints. Buy a couple for your walls.

    In the past, I've featured the Old & New Project. I love the stuff that community has produced.

    If you're aware of other artists who are creating compelling and intriguing work, leave a comment. Share the knowledge. I'd like to see.

    Saturday
    Nov302013

    Preparing for Christmas :: Two Sources for Advent Devotional Readings

    Photo by himbeerbel

    I think everyone knows that the Christmas season is hijacked by commercialism and consumerism each year, but why should we be surprised? Everyone wants to get in on a good thing. But let's not allow the competing interests to crowd out the true significance of the season. Let's use this as an opportunity to grow.

    Each Advent, Christians have the opportunity to slow down, reflect, act with intention, and deepen their faith. One way to do that is through devotional readings. I recommend choosing one set of readings, and follow along faithfully for the season. If you miss a day, just skip ahead and pick it back up. Focus your energy, go deep, and give your soul room to digest the readings. Then, put the truths you encounter in practice.

    Now, two opportunities.

    First, Bible Gateway has released their list of Advent and Christmas devotions. You can sign up for a variety of newsletters here, topically themed. You can read selections from Scripture that tell the Christmas story, devotional writings based on favorite hymns, or receive links to audio recordings from The Voice Bible.

    As a second option, you might want to follow along with my church community as we move through the Advent season. Members of our congregation will generate short reflections on Scripture, and on Saturdays we will provide ideas for family activities. Follow our blog or subscribe to receive the readings via email.

    You may be aware of another option, and if so I encourage you to share in the comments. Whatever you choose, stay faithful, read carefully, and grow in Christ.