Reworking old series on devotional time

Spent no little time yesterday reworking an old series on spending an hour with God in devotional time. It suggests 12 movements centered mostly around the Word and prayer. One class or chapter had no text (where could it have gone?), so I wrote up probably the best and fullest information of all the chapters. I had saved the series in a new file, reformatted it, made not a few typo and other corrections, and redid the scripture citations (removing parentheses and such). I also standardized book citations and created a bibliography at the back. Now to go back through it and beef up the other chapters.

Maybe I’ll print up a few copies and offer it in digital format. Dunno.

A Poem for Thirty Days

This month to write a poem a day
for thirty days — I’m late! I’m late!
I just now saw it — What can I say?
Gross tardiness — oh, how I hate

arriving last! ‘Tis better not
to try — pretend you didn’t know,
plead ignorance! Other paths are fraught
with pain and shame — you mustn’t go!

You beggar for mental anguish! Write,
then, if you must — erase this blight
of guilt — wash your rhymeless sins.
The man of strictest discipline wins.

No perfect option for open-source Bible

Wish we had in Portuguese a really good Bible version that could be reproduced without restrictions. As in for writing a commentary or other uses. The NET Bible and other versions in English are available. There’s one in Portuguese, but it uses the Received Text and sounds ancient. The translator of the NT from the ESV into Portuguese has given me his permission, and I’m grateful for that. I very much like the style he’s adopted. But some grammatical and spelling errors are showing up. Maybe he won’t have a problem if I fix that. Though if and when some translating options may not be to my liking?

When he’s bad, he’s awful

Like several other writers I can think of, Wm. Barclay is great in so many ways, but when he is bad, he’s awful. His treatment of 1 Jn 4.1ff is murky and much off base. I’m reading him devotionally these days and was in no way edified this morning. Glad to have just the text of heaven by which to be strengthened.

Stan Mitchell a prodigious writer

The WordPress software that runs our Forthright Magazine website says that Stan Mitchell had published no fewer than 715 articles in his Reality Check column. The one we still have for next week will make 716. That is no small feat.

Stan wrote about a wide range of subjects. His work as a college professor often shone through as he addressed issues especially pertinent to young people. He thought much about the next generation of saints. Stan upheld the historicity of the Bible and wrote about archaeology and Christian evidences. He loved to ponder facets of our singing, having written a book about it. He sought to encourage readers to be wholehearted, genuine, and dedicated in faith.

His articles deserve repeated reading.

He still speaks

Friend Stan passed away this morning. This was his day to publish on FMag, and we had one article to go up of his. One more for next week also. Then his column goes quiet.

Family note: DD and her fiancé had started premarital counseling with Stan. They were going to ask him to perform the wedding ceremony.

Three going on four

  1. Ammo Girl wrote, “I wouldn’t go back to high school for a billion trillion dollars.” I agree.

  2. KFC is now in SJC. Never was a favorite place of mine, and even less so for being in a mall. Missus wanted to try it out tonight. Done.

  3. Three good, solid days of work and writing. Can tomorrow be four?

  4. Much rain. Reservoirs ought to be full. I don’t mind the cooler temps that come with it.

  5. Book of a few of this year’s outlines of lessons and studies topped 60 pages today. I started this sometime in the second semester.

  6. An original verse: Addiction binds the body and soul, / The empty eye can never be full.

  7. A Bible verse: “The one who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses them and forsakes them will find mercy” Prov 28.13.