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The Burden of Doing Good

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A couple weeks ago, I loaded up the YouVersion Bible app at church to follow along with the sermon at church. On the first screen when the app loads is a daily Bible verse. On this particular day, was the following verse:

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. (1 Thessalonians 5:15 ESV)

I was struck by it. Not because it is a familiar passage that touches my heart in some mystical way every time I read it, but because of how strong and hard the command is. It is more than a simple, “be nice to people” remark. Much more. It is a burdensome command and yet one that is vital if we are to have a living Christian faith. Continue reading

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A New Year Begins

Happy New Year!Happy New Year!

2011 is over and 2012 has begun. And with the beginning of a new year comes the beginning of a new focus for the blog. By a new focus, I mean that I am going to be putting a stronger focus on getting things done here at The Master’s Way blog. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Book of Books by Melvyn Bragg

Here’s the link to the book review I was asked to do by the publisher.

Also, sorry I haven’t written in a really long time. Things have been nuts at home and blogging as been at the bottom of the list of priorities. I am committed, though, to resuming this thing on a regular basis from here on out!

Book Review: The Book of Books by Melvyn Bragg

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Where I Am Headed With this Thing

This blog has been all too silent over the past month or so.  There have been many reasons for that, some better than others, of course.

For starters, having a child makes blogging much harder than I ever thought it would.  For some reason, in my head, I thought that I would be able to do some writing in the morning while she was still in bed or at night after she went to sleep.  This has simply not been the case.  Save for the rare occasion when I have the time to write, every other moment is spent just doing nothing when she is asleep or catching up on reading or getting things done around the house.

Another factor has been simply a lack of bloggable thoughts.  I have plenty of brief snippets, and if you are a friend on Facebook or follow me on Twitter you see those, but something that I can take beyond a hundred or so characters has just been elusive.

As a result of these two prevailing factors, among other things, I have decided that I need a plan for this thing.  I need a disciplined structure to follow for a specific period of time.  I need a set pattern of days that I write.  I need a set topic for any given period.  This ad hoc way of blogging simply doesn’t work for me.  I don’t know what I am going to cover or how I will structure things yet, but I am going to begin establishing those habits in the near future.  I need this blog far more than probably any of you readers do.  My mind feels like it is dying and I don’t like that one bit.  Continue reading

Book Review: Mere Churchianity

I don’t normally write book reviews for this blog, but this book more than deserves one.  I will begin with a brief synopsis followed by my personal reaction.

According to the back cover of the book, “one in four young adults claim no formal religious affiliation, and church leaders have long known that this generation is largely missing on Sunday morning.”  But, “[Michael] Spencer discovered the truth that church officials often miss, which is that many who leave the church do so in an attempt to find Jesus.”  With this thought at the forefront, Michael Spencer, the former Internet Monk, holds no punches and dives right in. Continue reading

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Birds Formerly of a Feather (Going in different directions)

Is your bird feeder spurring evolutionary change? Maybe so, according to Gregor Rolshausen and three coauthors, writing in Current Biology (December 29, 2009).

Around 10 percent of Central European blackcaps fly from southern Germany to the United Kingdom every winter, lured by human-provided birdseed. The rest of these warblers head to Spain. The split migration has been going on since the 1960s, and the researchers report that the two groups have evolved differently. The UK blackcaps have rounder wings, reflecting the shorter distance they travel. And their beaks are longer and narrower, well suited to bird feeders. By contrast, the Spain-goers’ broader beaks are better for fruit trees. The ultimate result, the researchers say, may be two distinct species.
(Stephen Bates. “Findings.” The Wilson Quarterly Winter 2010: 13) Continue reading

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A Good Week for My Library

I like reading.  Actually, I absolutely LOVE reading.  But I don’t really like to read anything and everything.  I enjoy reading good fiction and thought-provoking non-fiction.  And everything I read has to have a positive influence on my faith if it deals in topics of religion. Continue reading

A really awesome quote!

Our glory must always be not in what we can do for Christ but in what Christ can do for us. – William Barclay Continue reading

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