Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

I’m driving a loaner car today. It’s nice, of course, to drive a brand new vehicle now and then. The ride is always a little smoother and the gadgets are a little newer, but is newer always better?

Okay, the blind-spot assist is nice, but rain-sensing windshield wipers? No thanks. I’m perfectly capable of deciding when to turn on my wipers, thank you. And can somebody please tell me how to turn on the radio? Oh, and what about the gear shift (or rather, the gear selector since I solely drive automatics)—why are we now using buttons for that? Buttons get pressed all too easily and it seems like that’s a risk we shouldn’t take.

I guess I’m a creature of habit. Or an old fogey, depending on how you look at it. Ultimately, I think the moral of the story is this: sometimes newer is better, but not always.

There is one instance, however, when newer is most certainly not better, and that is when we come to the topic of Scripture. The Bible, being an ancient document, does not change. God’s Word is immutable, as is its meaning. In short, Scripture reflects its divine Author. So when we hold the Bible in our hands and read and reflect on its teaching, we are clutching an ancient but venerable document. At the same time, God’s Word is living and thus it is relevant and applicable to all people in all times. It never grows old. No matter how many times we read and re-read the same passage, it will always speak to us, always teach us, always encourage, convict, and grow us. Wow, that’s pretty marvelous, isn’t it?

With that, I think we should all take a few minutes to pause and open the Word. When you’re done, come back here and enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • On simplicity (and probably not the simplicity you’re expecting).
  • This is an important letter to read.
  • Here’s another short but interesting biography from Simonetta Carr.
  • The message of the cross is enough.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I appreciated this perspective offered on Rachel Held Evans.
  • It’s not uncommon for people to leave one cult and join another.
  • A warning about MOPS International.
  • Speaking of the Bible as an ancient document, this is phenomenal. The oldest scroll of biblical text has finally been able to be read.

God will answer you prayers better than you think. Of course, one will not always get exactly what he has asked for….We all have sorrows and disappointments, but one must never forget that, if commended to God, they will issue in good….His own solution is far better than any we could conceive.

Fanny Crosby
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