400, 100, everyday, and 29.

Today’s a great day for some shorter notes.

  1. Sometimes context is helpful when we read the Bible. (When we read anything, for that matter.) “What Happened Between the Old and New Testaments” is a great, brief introduction to the four hundred years that pass between the end of Malachi and the beginning of Matthew. The writer picks three groups and a person: the Greeks, Romans, Pharisees and Sadducees, and Herod. (So you know, the post invites you to an online course about the New Testament. But that’s up to you).
  2. In my morning chair time these days, I’m using The Message 100 Devotional Bible. The editors took Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of the Bible, put it in chronological order, and divided it into 100 readings. The verse and chapter numbers are almost invisible, which makes it more like reading a book. The sections are large (It’s reading the Bible through in just over three months), but I’m giving myself permission to take a couple days to read a section. It’s been a good exercise. At least through section 25.
  3. My friend, Rich Dixon (a frequent and thoughtful commenter here) talked about starting fresh the other day. He said, “If you know someone who gave something up for Lent, maybe you can take a moment to ask how it’s going. If she’s struggling, encourage her. If she slipped, remind her that perfection isn’t the goal.If you know someone like my friend, make sure they know it’s always a good day to start over. As many times as it takes.” Read the rest of the post: Fresh.
  4. Twenty-nine years ago today, Nancy was a hero and our son, Andrew, entered our lives. I hadn’t been sure about the idea of having children, and I really wasn’t sure about the idea of a son. But I loved him the moment I saw him and told him his name. Andrew Thomas, after two remarkable disciples, a great-uncle, and a grandfather. He’s remarkably thoughtful, compassionate, and encouraging. He’s a great friend to have on your side (and a good runner to have at your side).IMG_0252