Kindle Bible

Last week’s blog featured the youversion app that enables Christians to access digital versions of the Bible wherever they go. I encourage believers to download the application for their smart phones, tablets, and other electronic devices.

I recently downloaded the Bible to my Kindle device as well.

niv kindleAmazon sells various versions of the Kindle e-reader that allow patrons to read digital publications on a paper book sized tablet. The e-devices are light weight and portable with enough memory for thousands of books.

And as I continue to mature in wisdom, knowledge, stature, and years, I have also come to appreciate the font size adjustment feature! Readers can make the print as large as necessary.

A hard cover NIV Study Bible costs over $30 with leather editions running much more. I downloaded the Kindle Version for under $10.

Christians exist in a time when the Bible is more readily accessible than ever before. However, we also live in an age of Biblical illiteracy.

If all else has failed, maybe it’s time to read the directions.

youversion

In 1454, Johannes Gutenberg published the first mass-produced book using movable type. The Gutenberg Bible inspired a revolution in printing and access to Scripture.

The 21st century is experiencing a Gutenberg-like revolution in electronic media. Believers now enjoy digital versions of the Bible. Scripture can be viewed online or downloaded to smart phones and tablets.

you versionI often recommend that Christians consider the youversion app. The website (youversion.com) provides a FREE Bible app with multiple versions. The application also offers reading plans, study guides, and more.

Youversion.com makes the Bible readily accessible on computers, smart phones, and tablets. We can literally carry God’s Word with us everywhere. The app will even read audio versions for listeners while driving, working, or resting!

I encourage you to download the app today.

Oh, and USE IT!

Love Is

During the week when we celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day, meditate on the Apostle Paul’s description of true love:

Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things. 

Love never fails.

Now faith, hope, and love remain–these three things–and the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8; 13, Common English Bible

My Mind

I saw this post on social media, and it captures how many of us often feel!

My mind is like my internet browser:

  • 19 tabs are open
  • 3 of them are frozen
  • And I have no idea where the music is coming from!

Prayer for the Day:

Lord,

Calm and quiet my soul.

Grant me the grace

to feel your enfolding arms

and to claim your peace.

Amen.

 

The Super Bowl Blues

NFL: Super Bowl LIII Handoff Press Conference

  • Good News:    Atlanta is hosting the 2019 Super Bowl LIII.
  • Bad News:      The Atlanta Falcons will not be playing.
  • Good News:    The Falcons will not collapse in the 4th quarter of Sunday’s game.
  • Bad News:      The Falcons collapsed all season long.
  • Good News:    The Falcons won some tough games.
  • Bad News:      The Falcons lost to Cleveland. Cleveland? Cleveland!
  • Good News:    Rise Up!
  • Bad News:      Fall Down.
  • Good News:    There’s always next year.
  • Bad News:      There’s always next year.
  • Good News:    Life should not be affected by how highly paid athletes play.
  • Bad News:      For some, it is.  
  • Good News:    If you want to hear the Good News, come to church this Sunday.
  • Bad News:      More will cheer on Sunday night than worship on Sunday morning.

Robes and Stoles, Part 2

Many professions distinguish themselves by distinctive dress. Examples include a deputy’s badge, a firefighter’s helmet, a doctor’s white coat, or a chef’s apron. Form often follows function although ostentation can also play a part.

Methodist clergy traditionally wear robes and stoles while leading worship. Last week’s blog traced the history of robes, and this week we are exploring the meaning of stoles.

StolesStoles are bands of cloth about four inches wide that are worn around a pastor’s neck and over a robe. The liturgical vestments can be made of cotton, wool, silk, polyester, and other natural or manufactured materials. The colors of the stole (traditionally white, purple, green, and red) correspond to the seasons and festivals of the church year.

Clerical stoles may have originally emulated Jewish prayer shawls described in Hebrew Scripture. Other scholars believe the bands served as imperial badges of office after Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.

The stole serves as a symbol of ordination. Theologically, it reminds clergy they are “yoked” to Christ, and pastors are called to imitate Christ’s servant leadership when he bowed to wash and dry the disciple’s feet.

Today the United Methodist Church authorizes ordained deacons and elders to wear stoles. Deacons, ordained to Word and Service, typically wear a stole diagonally off of one shoulder to the waist. Elders, ordained to Word, Sacrament, Order and Service, wear stoles that go around the neck and hang from both shoulders below the waist.

A clerical stole serves as a symbol of ordination in the Methodist Church. Varying widely in cost, color, fabric, and design, they serve as a reminder of the call to specialized ministry that all clergy share.