What I Enjoyed About Last Week
Library Book Sale! Twice a year, the Tompkins County Library system—about 45 minutes away in Ithaca—holds a massive used book sale. Like 250,000 items massive. It lasts for 3 weekends, and the books get cheaper each weekend. Megan and I went this first day of this Spring sale this past Saturday. Megan bought a few books for her classroom, and I picked up 4 books, all for under $4. Most notably, I picked up the NICOT commentary on Ruth, which is an excellent volume of a great Old Testament commentary series.
What I’m Reading (Books)
I am currently reading:
I recently finished How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature by Michael Bird et al. While written as a full-length response to Bart Ehrman’s new book—How Jesus Became God—it is a very readable defense of the historicity of Christ and discussion on his divinity. Now I just need to get Ehrman’s book!
What I’m Reading (Articles)
- Carrots Were Originally Purple
Originally, purple carrots were the norm, but there were some offshoots. Yellow and white ones appeared in the wild. Over time, 17th-century Dutch carrot growers managed to cultivate these yellow and white ones carrots into the orange ones we’re familiar with today.
- Hey Parents… Environments Matter
Environments matter. Who my daughter is influenced by as a 15-year old is dependent greatly on the environments that my wife and I placed her in as a 10 and 12 and 14-year old.
- Oprah as God in The Shack Movie
It’s a god who doesn’t offer us any challenges or pushback (not really); a god who has no desire or ability to hold us accountable for our actions. A god who is all about relationship, and not about rules.
A god who wants to have the life we want, but not the Life we need.
And really, who better to portray such a god than one who is so adept at perpetuating the myth of its existence?