As U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens and Harlan County poet Boyd Crowder slide off into the sunset for another off season, the thought occurred to me that you now have an extra hour on your plates to fill each week. Thought I’d make a couple of recommendations.
What’s that? You don’t need any help filling time slots? C’mon… humor me.
A fantastic series is underway over at the site where you don’t show up with itching ears, Jim’s place. He’s looking through the course of Church History at the many who have made great sacrifices and suffered much persecution for following Christ. Here’s a clip from the first of the series on St. Mark, Bishop of Arethusa.
The holy Elder was led through the city and given over to torture. They tore out his hair, slashed his body, dragged him along the street, dumped him in a swamp, tied him up, and cut him with knives.
What was he guilty of? Building a church in the place of a house of pagan worship. You can follow the series starting here.
As I’m sure you’re aware, there are a multitude of masterful writers in your midst here at WordPress (no, I’m not one of them). Many have even published works. While I could fill post after post applauding many efforts (who knows, I may do that some day), I’d like to mention a couple here that are highly worthy of consideration.
The first is RJ Dawson’s “Real Christianity.” It’s available bound or electronically delivered. By the way, I have both. The reason is because his work seeks to investigate why the church (at least in Western cultures) looks so different today from what we read of in the book of Acts. Maybe you’ve noticed too.
You can track down the details for ordering here.
The other is Amanda Beth’s “The Love Walk.” Yeah, I know… what kind of man reads a book with a title like that? I actually picked it up with intentions of it being a devotional for my wife and I to tackle together, but after reading a bit, decided I needed its quick burst of wisdom so chose to go through it solo first (Coming your way soon, honey). Lighten up dudes… we need this stuff too! If you really think not, envy, boasting, and pride (taught really early in the book) come rushing from its pages like a Baltimore linebacker (sorry Amanda, have to shake off the girly title somehow). I purchased my copy from Amazon so as to download it to my Kindle. Take a look here though for all options.
Neo and Jess have been going at it on the energy observation tower, one relating views from this side of the bridge, the other… well, from across the big pond. The topic has been “just how much involvement do I want from my government?” Very informative offerings, with a twist from Jess as she tells a little of Mrs. Thatcher. The start-ups can be found here and here.
I close up odds and ends with a simple but challenging quote. “The church has a double responsibility in relation to the world around us. On the one hand we are to live, serve and witness in the world. On the other hand we are to avoid becoming contaminated by the world. So we are neither to seek to preserve our holiness by escaping from the world nor to sacrifice our holiness by conforming to the world.” ~ John Stott, “The Radical Disciple” (Impressive library Mr. Stott!)
“I see them long hard times to come…”
- Inspiring Lives From Church History (notforitchingears.com)