Monday Update #34 – October 7, 2013

Note: Every Monday I will be posting about what I have been reading, listening, writing, and doing in my life. Hopefully it gives a little insight into my life. Enjoy!

What I Enjoyed This Week

Gravity On Saturday, Megan and I went to see Gravity, the new sci-fi movie starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. I should also put space and Earth as additional starring characters, because they really made the movie. The acting by Clooney and Bullock was terrific, but placing them against a backdrop of stunning space imagery made the movie breathtaking! A must-see movie!

What I’m Reading (Books)

I am currently reading:

This week I finished Against the Gods: Polemical Theology of the Old Testament by John Currid. This is a good introduction to the view that the Old Testament contains polemics (teachings or attacks) against other Ancient Near Eastern cultural myths. Look for a review next week.

What I’m Reading (Articles)

  • Muslims and Jews Know Their Sacred Texts. Why Don’t Christians?

    Imagine how impoverished our literature would feel if allusion to these biblical tales were lost on the reader. Today, they are. A recent survey found that only one in 20 people could name all ten commandments, and that 62 per cent of respondents did not know the tale of the Prodigal Son.

  • Making God the Center of Congregational Worship

    I often wonder what kind of mindset people come through the church doors with. Are they coming out of habit? Has a family been less than loving toward each other all the way to church? Has someone been cultivating private, individual worship before God throughout the week and are therefore ready to celebrate and bring glory to God through their praise? There are so many different scenarios…I know there are many in our congregation who don’t walk through the doors ready for life and worship to be all about God.

  • Five Reasons Christians Should Care About Bioethics

    Abortion. Euthanasia. Surrogacy. Cloning. Some of the most contentious and disputed issues of our day are matters of bioethics, an interdisciplinary field that addresses what we should and should not pursue in matters of life and health. These issues touch on the very core of our humanity: dignity and worth, sickness and health, life and death. Yet the harsh reality is that while bioethical concerns are increasingly confronting us in the media, in the public square and in our personal lives, few people grasp the science involved in the “bio,” or the moral dilemmas involved in the “ethics” of bioethics.

Brandon Schmidt

I am Brandon Schmidt: writer, husband, father, brother, reader, and laugher.

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