Bible 7 & Bible 8: 19th Journal Entry

Most of you know that I do not avoid the controversial topics at this point.  So, this post will be a response to a blog post about the recent events in Ferguson and NYC.  It also has to do with Advent.  If you are unfamiliar, Advent is the Christian season where we focus on the waiting time between now and the birth of Christ.  Churches all over the world will be focusing on Jesus’ birth narrative for the next month.

Watch this link for how the two topics relate.


What is your reaction to the blog post?  What is your reaction to the current events which have occurred in Ferguson and NYC?  What is your response when you think about the season of Advent?

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Bible 7 & Bible 8: 17th Journal Entry

It is time for you all to listen to my favorite Christmas song of all time.  You ready?  The arrangement and performance of this one has become one of my favorites in a very short time.  Here we go.

Click this link!

Your Prompt is to react to what how you feel when listening to this song.  Enjoy.


“Mary Did You Know”
(originally by Mark Lowry (lyrics ) and Buddy Greene (melody ))

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap.
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.

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Bible 7 & Bible 8: 16th Journal Entry


React to this post by Shane Claiborne.  What do you think about Shane’s comments and story?  Do you relate with the story?  Do you agree with Shane’s philosophy/theology?  What bothered you about the article?  If you would have written this article, what stories would you use to illustrate the same points Shane made?

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Bible 7 & Bible 8: 14th Journal Entry

One of the 10 commandments is to “honor your father and mother”.  In fact, this commandment is the only one with a promise attached.  The promise is that you will “live long on the earth”.  Yet, for some reason, we struggle with this command more than many of the other commands.  When we are young, we think we know what we should do.  Our families protect us, provide for us, and love us.  But, we still don’t trust them to do the best thing for us.

Watch this hilarious video.  The video is about mothers, but the concepts can be transferred to fathers as well.  Also, the video is a SONG by MR. T!  That is hilarious!


If you asked your mother or father, would they say that you are respectful of them or that you are disrespectful of them?  Why do you think it is so difficult to “treat our families right”?  When are the times that you struggle to obey your family?  Are your families perfect?  Do you think they should be perfect?  How can we obey and respect someone who is not perfect?  What would it look like to “honor your father and mother” in your situation?  If you wanted to show your family that you love them, how would you show them?  What do you think would happen if you tried to show love to your family?