March is birthday month for me and Ordell which makes it both a fun and busy month. It’s nice to have things to celebrate even though we’re watching the events in Ukraine closely since February. The brother of my dearest friend from high school has been a missionary along with his wife for 15 years in Ukraine. Their team is now in crisis management with Josiah Venture. You can learn more about how to support them directly here.
This month I loved getting to celebrate Ordell’s birthday with his Aunt. She shows her love through cooking and made sure to create a feast of his favorites.
This month I re-read Christan Athiest by Craig Groeschel and even though it was published in 2010 I feel like it could have been written today. Here’s a quote:
“…If we believe that God wants us happy above all else, rather than acknowledging that our role is to serve God, we wrongly believe that God exists to serve us. God becomes a a means to our end: happiness.”– Craig Groeschel, The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living As If He Doesn’t Exist
I also read Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes Patronage, Honor, and Shame in the Biblical World by E. Randolph Richards and Richard James I found this book to be very insightful as I’m studying and gathering information for my next writing project. While I fully believe that with Holy Spirit’s guidance we can understand Scripture without additional tools, the extra work I’ve done this year to understand the original intent of the Hebrew writers has added a layer of context that has helped me understand God’s character in deeper ways. I loved these two quotes:
Individualism and collectivism describe two very different ways people relate, interact, and live together, but much more too, such as how they view themselves, the way they think, the emotions they feel, the way they make decisions and why, and what motivates them to behave the way they do. The biblical cultures of the Mediterranean world were all collectivist societies and, as we shall see, had a lot of foundational elements in common.Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes Patronage, Honor, and Shame in the Biblical World
The Bible was written in high-context cultures. People in these cultures assume there’s a high level of shared information between them and their audiences. This means they don’t feel the need to state everything explicitly. They take it as a given that everyone knows how things worked—and at the time, they did. This is not a sign they were bad low-context communicators, but rather that they were very good high-context communicators.Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes Patronage, Honor, and Shame in the Biblical World
This month I gave a LinkedIn presentation for my local Women’s Business Council. I think it was an insightful presentation for the group and we hope to be able to elevate women’s businesses in our community through LinkedIn now that they have a better understanding of the value of the platform!
I’ve finally figured out the best way to use Biblearc. While the tool was originally developed by Bethlehem College & Seminary for a specific study method, I have found that doesn’t need to be used in the specific ways Piper suggests. As with most things evangelicals draw a hard line around, when a box is created it limits opportunities for God to speak to us any way he would prefer to and instead we end up trying to fit God into our preconceived formula. Rather than follow a formula I’m using Biblearc to read Hebrew more clearly.
I’m linking up with Heather Gerwing this month for another month of Share Four Somethings! What are you sharing?