Week in Review

This ‘n’ That (on Saturday)

This llama has nothing to do with this post.

I think I can count on one hand the number of times that I’ve had to delay your week in review, so I’m grateful for your patience! It wasn’t in the plans for this post to be delayed, but yesterday kind of slipped away from me. Nevertheless, I still have a great roundup of links for you, and didn’t want to leave you hanging for a whole week. The problem is, now I can’t remember what I planned to write for this introduction. So, instead I’ll just share some early Saturday morning musings.

I just made out my weekend to-do list, and, like every week, it includes such fun-filled activities as “do laundry” and “vacuum.” Sometimes I wonder why I look forward to Saturday so much if all it means is doing chores! And while I’m rambling about nothing in particular, I’ve come to realize that every time I write the word “vacuum,” I wonder about that double “u.” Where did that come from? Whose idea was it?

That’s where Google, the all-knowing search engine, comes in. Apparently “vacuum” is from the Latin word “vacuus,” which means “empty.” Now you know (unless you took Latin in high school, in which case you may have already known and were judging me for my ignorance).

Speaking of words and language, I’m reminded of an interesting book I read in my first year of grad school. Scripture as Communication by Jeannine Brown is a thought-provoking introduction into biblical hermeneutics, and really challenges the reader to consider the very nature of the communicative act, and how that relates to our view and understanding of God’s Word.

Anyway, perhaps I’ll write more about that at another time. For now, you’ve been offered a glimpse into the tangential way my mind works (from to-do list, to Latin origins, to books read long ago), and I apologize for that. I think now may be a good time for me to be quiet and let you enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • “An argumentative man is unqualified. Period.” I agree completely. Unfortunately, an argumentative man is usually also a feared man, so his contentious reign often continues unchallenged.
  • Some words about our guiding God.
  • Here’s a brief but fascinating biography of Anne of Bohemia.
  • Pastors don’t need to be fancy or dramatic with their speech, they just need to be faithful.
  • Yeah, don’t be that guy (or girl).
  • Take a quick step back in time (HT to Amy for this one).
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Yeah, plagiarism is bad. Don’t plagiarize.
  • This is for all you Packers and/or Lego fans out there.
  • Ligonier’s State of Theology survey has gathered some interesting and unfortunate data.
  • Eugene Peterson, author of the (dare I say it?) heretical The Message paraphrase, is in hospice.
  • I love cats. I love Cookie Monster. I love this article.
  • Sinclair Ferguson shares some implications of Martin Luther’s theology.

The Gospel of John, indeed the whole Christian faith, stands or falls with John’s opening sentence. Christ as deity, God as Trinity, man’s salvation-all tion-all depend on John’s first words.” 

—Sinclair Ferguson, In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel Centered Life

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