Some of you may remember when we sold & served Pura Vida coffee in our 5th street store. We stopped carrying that some time ago due to rising prices. Since then we’ve reconsidered and are once again selling a limited amount of Pura Vida coffee. Come sample and purchase today’s blend. We’ll be featuring a different blend each time we order from Pura Vida, so the options will change frequently.
To read more about the Pura Vida Create Good company go HERE!
FOR THE BEGINNER: On September 8th, local artist & teacher Heather Crain will help you get started on your Bible Illustrating journey. We are excited to offer the following Bible Journalling & Illustrating Seminar
When: Thursday, Sept 8, 2016 from 6-8pm
Where: @ The Scroll in the Homeschool Department
Who: Beginning Art Journalists (class size limited to 12)
Here’s a note from Heather…
Please join me for an evening in the Word. Beginners are welcome as we explore the fresh perspective Faith Art Journaling brings. We’ll meet together at the Scroll (from 6:00 to 8:00) and learn how to transfer images, watercolor, and journal in our Bibles. Tuition is $20.00 per student and supplies can be purchased at the scroll as well. Feel free to bring supplies you have at home and try those too. I look forward to meeting you!!
Space is limited. Call us soon to reserve your spot! (903) 592-0583
My mother is dying from cancer. Scratch that: she’s living with cancer. She’s quick to point it out; she’s still here. And while cancer is winning the battle, my mother claims victory. The spoils?
“Apples.” But not McIntosh or Fuji. Let me explain.
It’s not easy to find the right words to say to a person nearing the end of life. But words— spoken, written down, or prayed— shoulder the power to heal, comfort, and connect. Proverbs 25:11 illustrates so eloquently:
“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
During her journey, my mother has received countless “apples.” Those eternal gifts were “aptly spoken” via cards, prayers, and conversations, each word a sweet balm.
People often struggle to express what a dying person longs to hear. What can we say to reverse the ravages of chemotherapy? What mere words could convey our sorrow? How do we express our fear and give voice to theirs?
My answer is this: embrace vulnerability and find creative ways to deliver those “apples of gold.”
* Read the Bible aloud. God’s Word offers comfort you sometimes cannot articulate. Try Psalm 23 for starters.
* Write a letter. Don’t hold back; it might be easier to pen your feelings rather than speak them.
* Use humor. Many cancer patients want to feel normal. My mother’s best friend often looked at my mom in all her baldheaded glory and said, “Well, Karen, we’re going to get out of your hair now.”
* Say goodbye. This is perhaps the scariest part. I simply held my mother’s hand and told her that despite our difficult seasons, I loved her.
How often do you see a friend in distress or crisis, but feel helpless to really make a difference?
Hopelifter: Creative Ways to Spread Hope When Life Hurts takes the mystery out of how to be the hands and feet of Jesus to anyone in need of hope, comfort and care. Kathe Wunnenberg, whose hope-lifting ministry has impacted the lives of thousands, demonstrates simple, practical ways that acts of creative compassion can transform lives.
Whether it’s encouraging a jobless friend, lifting the spirits of someone trapped in depression, leaving an anonymous gift for a grieving mother, hosting a starting-over shower for a divorced friend, or playing one small part in long-term support for a family in deep crisis, daily opportunities to make a difference in hurting lives are limitless for a Hopelifter.
As noted in my prior post on Bible translations, we certainly have no shortage of Bible offerings to consider. In the last few years, there have been several notable and excellent translations and translation updates. The English Standard Version, the Common English Version, the updated NIV, the Holman Christian Standard have all been released within the last 5 years and each has its own strengths and value. We truly live with an almost embarrassing wealth of Bible riches.
I’m currently reading a unique translation called “The Voice”, a free eBook on my new MY|eebo color tablet (available from The Scroll!) I’ve been wanting to read this for a while but had lost track of the new testament version I had taken home some time ago. The eBook version was a pleasant surprise, as has been the translation itself.
The goal of all translation is to accurately present the meaning of the original text in a contemporary language. “The Voice” has this same goal. But where most translations tend to unify the style of writing throughout the Bible to present it as one book (it is God’s Word, after all), “The Voice” attempts to let the stylistic differences from each human author stand out, resulting in a fresh new rendering.
The translation team was made up of both Bible scholars/translators and wordsmiths (authors/musicians/pastors/poets) with the goal being accuracy in rendering the meaning AND the voice of the original text. This collaborative process results in a text that really does present often too-familiar texts in totally new way. You can listen to the story of the men walking on the road to Emmaus in the clip below.
From the preface to “The Voice”:
With “The Voice” Bible we acknowledge the difficulties translation teams face and offer what might be described as a mediating position between the extremes. We describe our approach as “contextual equivalence.” Recognizing that context is the most important factor in determining the meaning of a word, sentence, paragraph, or narrative, we have sought to create a Bible translation that preserves both the linguistic and the literary features of the original biblical text. A “contextual equivalent” translation technique seeks to convey the original language accurately while rendering the literary structures and character of a text in readable and meaningful contemporary language. This particular translation approach keeps in mind the smaller parts and the larger whole in endeavoring to translate sacred Scripture. “The Voice” captures uniquely the poetic imagery and literary artistry of the original in a way that is beautiful and meaningful.
“The Voice” has a few other interesting approaches to Bible translation. To help the reader understand how a passage compares to the original text different textual indicators are utilized.
1. Standard type denotes the dynamic translation that forms the base of the Bible: from the collaborative process mentioned above with translators and wordsmiths working in tandem to create a highly readable and accurate text.
2. Italic type indicates words not directly associated with the dynamic translation but which bring out nuances and completing thoughts that would have been known to the original reader. Including this directly in the text in this way helps the contemporary reader understand more about the text without having to resort to footnotes for clarification.
3. Delineated material expands on the text. Set apart by text style and color, this is extra information that is not from the original text that helps provide background, etc. to further understanding of the text. Again, not having to resort to footnotes, helps the reader quickly understand what is happening as he is engaged with the message.
4. Screenplay format is used for spoken parts. I first thought this was a bit gimmicky, but it is growing on me. The intent is to set the dialogue apart from the text for reading clarity and to improve options for public reading. If you’ve already listened to the video clip above you can see how this could be used in a public drama very easily to make this passage of scripture come alive in our hearts as well as our minds.
One final distinction of “The Voice” is the method of translating the the term “Christ”, which is actually a transliteration of the Greek word “Christos”. I like the line in the preface:
The unfortunate effect of this decision [to transliterate] is that most readers mistake “Christ” as a kind of second name for Jesus.”
The reality is the that the term in not a name but a title. It is the Greek translation of the Hebrew title “Messiah.” The writers of the New Testament are making a strong claim, that Jesus is not just a nice guy, or great teacher, but is the promised “Anointed One” that the Jews were expecting. With that in mind, and recognizing that no one English word could encompass all that the word “Messiah” meant to the Jews, the translation committee chose to render “Christos” as “God’s Anointed” or “the Anointed” or “the Anointed One,” depending on the context and narrative form. Occasionally to highlight and remind us of the Messiah’s primary function the term is translated “God’s Anointed, the liberating King,” once again dependent on the context.
There is an excellent website dedicated to “The Voice”, with much more information, comments from readers, and videos of dramatic readings from the text and statements from the translators about the process. It is worth checking out. I do recommend this Bible translation, and would love to hear your take on it as you read it for yourself. Feel free to add your own comments.
I think I need to stop reading facebook at least ’til the election is over. I’ve become a bit of a curmudgeon on political issues, and my blood pressure is undoubtedly elevated from the interplay with my less informed (read that – left leaning) friends and relatives. Like most of us, I have no doubt that my position is the correct one and I just don’t understand how anyone can see it differently!
Fortunately, I’m not in charge. I am personally going to vote straight ticket Republican (not because I think the elephants are better, but just because the Democratic party consistently aligns itself with what I consider to be the wrong side of the argument) but I had a bit of an epiphany yesterday regarding the whole politics deal.
God is still in control. It’s hard to understand that sometimes. How do you accept that statement if you are a Jewish concentration camp resident in Nazi Germany, or a Cambodian seeing your loved ones lying dead in the killing fields, or a Tutsi in the midst of the Rwandan genocide? Not that I’m comparing either outcome of our election to such horror, but it does give one something to think about. If God is in control what would it be like if he wasn’t!
Now to the epiphany… I will vote. I will undoubtedly voice my concerns and (perhaps over-enthusiastically) champion my causes on facebook and elsewhere. I will continue in my certainly that my position is the correct one. But my prayer is a simple one. God bless America – not necessarily with the politics I think is correct, but with the results that will be best for our country and our people. Remember the examples above? I don’t know how they could possibly be good for anyone, but if God is in control, and God is working all things together for the good of those he calls – then even results that seem dire on the surface must have an eternal purpose.
This isn’t a very sophisticated theology. This only touches the periphery of the problem of pain and suffering and free will versus God’s sovereignty and all those heavy and insolvable philosophical conundrums that occupy so much of our deep thinker’s thinking. But it does help me to focus on the important. God is in control. There is an eternal perspective that eclipses my own temporal one. I will pray for wisdom, use my best judgement on the right choice, and trust God for the outcome, even if I disagree with it! (plus there will be another election soon…<g>)
So don’t forget to vote, and I won’t pretend that I don’t want you to vote like I do, but either way, vote. And pray. Pray for wisdom, and for God’s blessing on this most unique political experiment that is the United States of America. The result may not be exactly what we think it should be, but God is still doing His thing. We can rest in that.