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Treating The Bible Like Pinterest

August 12, 2015 Leave a comment

PinterestBibleAfter resisting for several years, I finally gave in and joined the social media website, Pinterest. I’d resisted because I’d heard it was a great source of information. To others, that might seem like a good reason to join, but for me, it was a great reason to stay away.

I love finding out about “stuff.” I love getting lost in articles about writing and cooking and the Bible and politics and . . . just abut anything. I knew if I gave in and became a member, I might never get anything done. I knew I could spend hours on there.

Then, after doing some research for my Titus Ray Thrillers, I decided it might be a useful tool for organizing my research, and I decided to join the website. Before doing so, I set some parameters for myself—amount of time spent, types of research, etc.

So, far, I’ve kept to those guidelines, and I’ve found it to be a useful tool. I’ve also discovered two aspects of using Pinterest that surprised me.

First, just by pinning something to a board doesn’t mean I’m ever going to read the blog or the article associated with the pin. In fact, it may be just the opposite. Instead of reading the post, I may pin it to one of my boards and forget about it.

Second, the more boards I accumulate, the more time I spend arranging the boards and the pins on the boards. What this means is that the information or inspiration contained on those boards is being neglected in favor of organization.

As I considered these weaknesses associated with Pinterest, I saw a parallel in the way many believers treat the Bible.

After discovering a truth from God’s Word—from a sermon or a Bible study or personal devotions—we mentally file it away and never give it another thought. There is no practical application of the truth; there’s no follow-up, there’s no examination of the truth before the Lord in prayer.

As with Pinterest, having the encounter doesn’t mean having the experience.

A second parallel the Bible shares with  Pinterest is that it’s easy to neglect the overall purpose. The overall purpose of the Bible—to reveal God to man—can be pushed aside in favor of accumulating notes, highlighting passages, and memorizing historical facts.

As with Pinterest, it’s sometimes easy to get caught up in the process and fail to discover the power.

Luke 11:28 “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and keep it.”

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BLESSED are thosewho HEARthe WORD of Godand

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Bits and Pieces 8/31

August 31, 2011 Leave a comment

The Bible In Two Weeks: If you want an overview of the entire Bible, these passages, which you should be able to read easily in 14 days, will give you a kind of “Cliff’s Notes” view of the Scriptures.  The reading plan is here.

Amazingly Small Things:  While I love to glorify God through what we can see through the lens of the Hubble Telescope, being astonished at gigantic images we cannot begin to comprehend or ever hope to see with the naked eye, I am equally able to praise Him for His tiny creation, things so small they can only be seen with a special scanning electron micrography.  Take a look here.

Video Classroom Teaching: If you want to “take a class” with a well-known theologian, pastor, teacher, writer, these series of videos are now available free online.  Taught by Dr. R. C. Sproul of Ligonier Ministries, they are entitled “Chosen By God” and can be viewed here.

How Suffering Is A Blessing: This article/blog written by a Christian counselor can speak to anyone who wants to be able to put despair, suffering, hardship, difficulties in the proper God-centered perspective.  He illustrates his main point by telling of a counseling situation, then goes from there to teach how each one of us must undergo suffering.  His premise is “personal suffering is the thing we fear the most.”  You can read and meditate on the article here.

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