I taught at Central last weekend and looked at a phrase that Abe Lincoln made famous. This timeless truth (that Jesus said long before Abe) has just as much relevance to our lives today.
I’ve always loved telling stories. In elementary school I got the best storyteller award and made my dad proud. I’ve worked diligently to refine my craft since then. My wife usually grows impatient of a story I’m telling in social settings because I take the time to meticulously setup the details—and the tension—for where I’m ultimately taking it. It’s an art really (and apparently somewhat of an acquired taste).
In his book Trying to Save Piggy Sneed, John Irving points out an important element of storytelling:
Due to the depth of this book, and how much I enjoyed it, this post is a bit longer than normal. Feel free to use Evernote Clearly to help you dial it in.
Our life group has been going through Greg Boyd‘s book The God of the Possible. The book is a biblical study on the open view of God. Namely, that God can change His mind and that He allows us the free will to the extent that He doesn’t foreknow every little decision we will make. For people who have grown up with the classical view of God’s foreknowledge (that God foreknows EVERY little detail of EVERYTHING), and who haven’t had a reason to challenge this belief, the open view can be a little unnerving. I know it was for me. But in my studies, it is the only view that gives an accurate voice to what we see throughout Scripture.
The open view of God is not the view that God doesn’t know anything. The open view espouses that God foreknows the future in different ways. As Boyd explains:
Bryan is the author of Community Wins and 31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo. According to his website, he describes himself as a “humor writer, blog coach, and mammal.” He is incredibly witty and incredibly insightful when it comes to fostering an online community around what you do. He has written for RELEVANT, Stuff Christians Like, COLLIDE Magazine, and The Daily Beast. As I’ve said previously, Bryan has three really compelling things going for him: 1) he’s a solid Christian guy, 2) he’s a blogging stud, and 3) he’s hilarious.
To promote this interview, I’ll be giving away two autographed books from Bryan. In order to enter your name into the mix for one of them you can do up to three of the following:
- Leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite part of this interview. ENTRY +1
- Tweet the link to this post (you can use the floating Twitter box to the left of your cursor on this post). ENTRY +1
- Share the link to this post on Facebook (tag my name on it so that I can count it) ENTRY +1
That’s three possible ways to get your name into the mix for a signed copy of one of Bryan’s books. I’ll announce the winners later next week.
I recently found a simple, yet incredibly useful tool for your web browsing enjoyment. It’s called Evernote Clearly. It’s a browser add-on (for free) that allows you to simplify the text on a webpage with one click of a button. This allows you to focus on what you are reading by dramatically reducing the other distractions on the page that we unknowingly look through. If you are reading a lot of text on a page then you will definitely notice the difference. This is a must-have for anyone who regularly reads blogs or articles on the web. If you have an Evernote account (and you should) it also gives you the option of effortlessly syncing content from what you read into your Evernote folders.
Below I’ve included two contrasting screenshots from my election post last week so you can see an example of the difference.