Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Link time

Here are some links that have caught my eye lately.

Doxology and Theology--Mark Bertrand blogged about a quote I've seen attributed to Gordon Fee, and it's a good one.

$200 at!--You should all sign up for the givewawy, and use my referral number, 70848. If I win, I'll buy you at least one thing. I promise.

Word of the Day, theology style--I love words, so the invention of the Word of the Day e-mail feature has been great. Recently, I came across this blog, which puts a theological twist on daily words. It's a good way to expand your theological vocab. And I feel smart when I already know the word they feature.

Movies better than Books--Fredrica Matthews-Green goes out on a limb to suggest that Prince Caspian the movie was better than the book. While that particular tome has not been my favorite of the series, I did feel the movie left out some important pieces from the book. She has a list of books that were better movies near the end of the article and makes some rather daring suggestions.

The Shack--Tim Challies posts an extended review of The Shack. I haven't read the whole review, but the portion I did see looked good.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I (literally) stand corrected

Anyone who knows me knows that I love the flip-flop. In some areas of the world, it's considered a summer only shoe, but here in the beautiful PNW, you can (and I do) wear them all year long. Old Navy flip-flops have been my footwear of choice (except for that wonderful pair that I lost at a mosque, which is actually a pretty funny story). Last year, near the end of summer, however, I managed to break my brown ones on the way back from church. Nevertheless, I still had my trusty black ones (in addition to some other fun, more summery colors). Until a few weeks ago, that is, when I ruined them by taking a walk on gravel. Don't do that, kids.

I had bought a few pairs last year in order to enhance the color scheme of my shoes, but Old Navy changed the design, and not for the better. The straps from last year's curve in at an odd angle, making your feet hurt, no matter how often you wear them, at least until callouses have formed.

This year, they once again debuted a new line with some texture on the part where your foot lies. I was heartbroken the first time I went into Old Navy this spring and wanted to buy some brown ones--the new style couldn't possibly be comfortable...could it? Deciding that it was better to find an alternative, I left the store and proceeded to wear my green flip-flops with everything. Now, green is a great color, but match with everything it does not. Plus, I couldn't bring myself to wear yellow during December. After about a month of wearing green all the time, I sucked it up, went back to Old Navy yesterday and purchased a pair of brown and a pair of black flip-flops.

They are wonderful. Maybe it's because they're new that they feel so thick, but the painful strap line is gone and the texture feels great, too. My feet are happy, friends.

Moral of the story? Don't judge a shoe by its look.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Tips on memorizing

Scripture memory has been a fairly active part of my life since the age of 3, especially from 7th-12th grades as I was involved in Bible Quizzing as well as Awana. Here are some tips I’ve gleaned during my years as a quizzer…

Memory tricks
When memorizing lists, find the acronym. This one is best explained by example. Take, for instance, Colossians 3:8, “But now, you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from your lips.” Notice…
[and filthy language]

So, according to that verse, get rid of your ARMS and lips. :)

Another example is Philippians 2…in the latter part of that chapter, Paul talks a lot about sending Timothy to Philippi. He pretty much says the same thing over and over but in different ways. Confusing to be sure, but you can remember verse 23, “I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.” “Me” rhymes with 23, so you know those two are linked together.

This tip, given to me by Juliann, has been invaluable. Print out the passage or verses you are working on, laminate it (either with contact paper or the sticky 8 ½ x 11 sheets you can buy), and stick it on the shower wall. Presto! Memorizing while you clean yourself. It’s a good way to use your shower time, though I will warn you that your showers may start to get longer and longer…

We used this a lot with kids at camp last summer (and I sometimes sign to myself while memorizing)—making motions can help you learn the words, especially if you’re a kinesthetic learner. I tend to walk and flail when I memorize. No joke—it wasn’t until 11th grade that I could sit down/be still while I memorized. The motions don't have to make sense to anyone but you.

[This is unintentionally being an alliterative post] A mom from my church sets her son’s memory verses to music. A few weeks ago, he (at at 2) sang upwards of 15 Bible verses. My sister learns her AWANA verses by song, and I’d wager most of us have learned several verses that way in church songs.

When I start to memorize, I usually take a chunk, repeat it, take another chunk, etc., but these are the ways I learn verses that take a little more effort. There are several other tips, such as flashcards, memorizing with a friend, etc., but these are some of things I have found most helpful in my quest to hide God’s Word in my heart. (Psalm 119:11)

What about you, reader[s]? Any ideas to share?

Monday, May 05, 2008

Hymnodic Ponderings

Select verses from some hymns that have been running through my head as of late...

From All Praise to God Who Reigns Above

All praise to God, who reigns above, the God of all creation
The God of wonders, pow’r and love, the God of our salvation!
With healing balm my soul he fills, the God who every sorrow stills.

To God all praise and glory!
To God all praise and glory!
To God all praise and glory!

I cried to him in time of need; Lord God, O hear my calling!
For death he gave me life in-deed and kept my feet from falling.
For this my thanks shall endless be; O thank him thank our God with me.

And from Holy God, We Praise Thy Name

Holy God, we praise Thy Name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee!
All on earth Thy scepter claim,
All in Heaven above adore Thee;
Infinite Thy vast domain,
Everlasting is Thy reign.

Holy Father, Holy Son,
Holy Spirit, Three we name Thee;
While in essence only One,
Undivided God we claim Thee;
And adoring bend the knee,
While we own the mystery.