Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

Yesterday was gloomy and damp around these parts. The morning air was still moist with the overnight rain, and the drizzle scarcely stopped all day. It seemed an appropriate day, then, to travel a few miles south to the Ark Encounter.

I knew that Answers in Genesis had used some artistic license and extra-biblical sources to construct their story of Noah, so I went prepared to be a good Berean, but nevertheless was eager to visit the structure.

So, after spending a few hours at the Ark, what are my thoughts? Well done.

Yes, it’s a little frustrating to see various plaques naming the names of the wives of Noah and his sons. After all, these details are not contained in Scripture and are not necessary to construct a complete narrative. I also chuckled at the plaque that described how Noah might have “traveled to a small port city where he became an apprentice shipwright. He learned blacksmithing and shipbuilding and eventually married the daughter of his employer.” It’s important to note, though, that the entrance of this particular exhibit was clear in noting that “artistic license” was used to tell the story of how Noah might have come to possess the necessary skills to build the ark. At the end of the day, we do not know how God equipped Noah to construct such a massive ship, and at the end of that same day, it does not matter.

Still, though these additions would not have been necessary, they do not detract from the message. The gospel was clear and prevalent throughout, and for that I was very thankful. Further, the sheer size of the structure insists that one stand in awe. What did Noah think when God commanded him to build this behemoth? And there, in the ark, God chose to preserve eight people. Just eight.

For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:14)

Now, do we need a “Christian-themed attraction” in order to proclaim the gospel? No, we do not. But if it is going to exist, then it may behoove us to pray that God would use it to glorify Himself in whatever way He chooses.

Right now, though, none of us are on the ark, which means we should have plenty of time to enjoy the week in review (kind of):

  • The culture is always changing. God never changes, and neither does His grace.
  • “We make a lot of assumptions about the way we should do church. Maybe it’s time to start questioning some of them.”
  • Here’s this week’s obligatory Green Bay Packers link. It was good to see Donald Driver on the list. My apologies if you’re not a fan, but ’tis the season!
  • What did Martin Luther say?
  • Kevin DeYoung explains some of the differences between Protestants and Catholics.
  • I really appreciated this brief article about confession of our sins.
  • I also appreciated this article discussing the Nashville Statement and some of the reactions it has elicited.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • What do you know about William Tyndall?
  • This is so good. You need to read this.
  • Is anyone familiar with this app? If so, what are your thoughts?
  • I had no idea people were propagating the idea that September 23 will see some prophetic event. Oy.
  • Some thoughts on why a women’s Bible study is a good idea.
  • I’m looking forward to watching this this weekend!
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  • Roy

    The best part of Scripture Typer is the spaced repetition system. The idea being to review more frequently the verses you don't know and each time you get a verse right the time increases to the next review. This is actually a very efficient way to learn anything.

  • Elizabeth Prata

    My review of Scripture Typer from 2015. 🙂

    I also reviewed in that essay a scripture memorization system that does not rely on apps or electronics: Scripture Memory System at SimplyCharlotteMason.com .

    I was fervent two years ago and even more so now that soon the soft persecution we are seeing in the US will likely turn to hard persecution. The Bible promises this to believers and the USA is not immune.

    And with that, access to Bibles, literature and Christian sites will likely become more limited. Memorization is key.

    It's also wise in any case, persecution or not, because the Bible says to hide His word in our hearts – Ps 119:11.