I may be a writing and literature nerd, but I find these fascinating on many levels and I think they can contribute greatly both to word studies, sermon illustrations and personal devotion. Jump over to Sixty-Six Clouds and grab the images. You can also buy the coffee table book or full size posters!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Bible study resources are rapidly being revolutionized by technology and the internet, and I think God has called a number of people after His heart to serve the church through technological expertise and creativity. The internet carries the gospel in ways (both good and bad) that first century Christians could not have imagined. A good friend of mine is involved in using his expertise as a computer programmer to bring Bible study resources and technological infrastructure to the church. He made me aware of a fascinating project by a Christian graphic designer which maps word frequency in all 66 books of the Bible and produces an image or Word Cloud, demonstrating frequency.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
I see this as phenomenal news for the blog. Before I was writing from a common Christian cultural perspective, and was somewhat limited in scope. Here I'm writing from the margins and am able to glimpse the gospel and the word of God from a new perspective. In a city where Islam dominates and language barriers create obstacles to the good news, a new measure of faith is given in the power and effectiveness of God's word. It still does not return void. It is still sufficient and God's grace is still more than enough.
More posts will come very soon. Many will look at the effectiveness of the Word across cultural lines, and how the missionary perspective changes the way you read the Bible.
I cannot describe this place to you. I could give you lists of statistics (and I probably will later), but for now I will simply say that this is city like Ninevah, currently under the wrath of God, but with a deep potential for repentance and city-wide transformation. Let me leave you with a brief glimpse of the streets of Hamtramck. More to come!
Please pray for the city if God lays it on your heart. I hope to post a few more times this week and more pictures will come. I promise a return to the blog's original purpose, but perhaps with a more missional flavor.