Babies in Headphones + Superbowl Faith + Gospel Girl

Ok, so very exciting Super Bowl. I did not have a deep investment in who won, but I always like an underdog.

Was Lily Foles not the star of the show? MVP for sure!

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I’m not the only one who loves the babies with the headphones. Slate has a whole article titled, A Brief History of Babies Celebrating Big Wins in Enormous Headphones, which may just be the best article title ever.

Lots of shoutouts to Jesus last night. Christian faith is a big thing in the Eagles camp. If you are kindasortamaybe interested in exploring the whole faith thing, here are a few good places to start to get on the path to becoming a Gospel Girl.

Books. Start with reading Jen Hatmaker. Of Mess and Moxie is her latest and it’s great. Then move on to Lysa TerKeurst‘s books. She’s a great bible teacher and she’s seen some stuff. And while Anne Lamott is not everyone’s cup of tea, her book, Traveling Mercies, totally brought me to faith.

The Bible. If you want to start reading the Bible, start with the New Testament. Don’t get hung up on Leviticus or even Genesis (Noah was a bit of a gong show), but jump right to the back of the book. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John: they are all good, although I’m partial to Luke.

There are a bunch of translations of the Bible. I often read the Beautiful Word’s Large Print NIV Translation, because it’s so beautiful and I can read it, but my favourite translation is The Message.  The Message is a paraphrase of scripture, written in simple english. It’s contemporary and relatable, and yet still theologically sound.  Take John 3:16, the verse on signs at every football game: usually it’s written, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” That’s a mouth-full (it’s the King James Version from 1611.) I much prefer the simplicity of The Message:

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.”

Good, right? You can buy it at any bookstore or access it online for free through a site like Bible Gateway (they even have a reading plan that walks you through parts of the Bible.)

Online Bible Teaching. There are lots of practical, accessible Bible studies and daily readings online. I love Proverbs 31 Ministries. They have a First5 app that is awesome.

Shows. You can watch See Hear Love online or on YES TV, where we talk about faith in an inclusive way. I’ll be on some of the February shows: think of a Christian version of The View, only we never yell at each other.

Church. If you really want to crazy it up, you can go to church. You can just show up on a Sunday. Nobody is going to force to you take communion, or be full-immersion baptized, or tithe on day one. You don’t even have to sing, unless you want to. There are churches where you can wear dresses and hats. There are churches where you can wear yoga pants and bring in your coffee. It’s totally up to you.

Xx

2 comments

  1. i have tried so many times to read the bible considering it is one of the most famous books ever and i think you are right – old testament is just so laborious – the someone begets whoever. sorry but that was painful. but i might start from the ending. bc it isn't like there are any spoiler alerts right?

  2. Ha! Yes, really not many spoilers. The Message is a game changer for me. I knew the scripture from my C of E school, but the thees and thous got in the way of me really being able to really read it. The Message is so much more straightforward. And the New Testament for sure, except for Revelation, which is pretty wacky. I really just focus on what Jesus said and use the rest for context. Xx

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