In Other News

Apparently another reason I don’t blog is when I am doing a lot of writing somewhere else. The lion’s share of my job as Assistant Nursery Coordinator is the children’s program for our women’s morning bible study. I believed it was one of the best programs at out church before I got this job, so to be a part of it is an extreme honor and privilege. The biggest part of my job when bible study isn’t in session is writing a children’s curriculum to companion the women’s study. The goal is that the women and their children are learning the same bible truths (age appropriately, of course). It is, what my good friend Susan calls “setting people up to win.”

So I haven’t been blogging here much because I’ve been working my way through The Gospel of Mark and Tim Keller’s book King’s Cross and then trying very hard to put it into children’s language without “dumbing it down.”

Here are a few thoughts I have had in my wanderings that won’t be making it into a children’s curriculum, so I thought I would share them here:

  • Redemptive history, while a chronological Covanental saga, has a definite non-linear quality to it. When Jesus arrived at the Jordan river, there were people there genuinely repenting of their sin. Something they could only do because of the atoning sacrifice of the Christ they not only didn’t recognize, but hadn’t happened yet.
  • Mark is a very, um, streamlined writer. It’s actually good for me to read, “The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.” And that’s it. Two verses covers it. Why am I trying to stretch that into 3/4 of a page?

So there you have it. And now I’m diving back in, but you are forewarned. Posts here may have a gospel of Mark theme for the next few weeks.


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After 11 years of infertility, I am now a mother to three, a wife of a Presbyterian (ARP) preacher and a struggling homemaker. Welcome to my little corner of the net. Kick off your shoes, put your feet up and join the conversation. View all posts by Coralie

3 responses to “In Other News

  • Suzanne

    We just finished reading Mark to our boys from the NIV. They loved it. Now Jimmy’s reading Joshua to them. Very bloody. Also very well-loved by all these xy people in my house.

    • Coralie

      Yes. I can see that Joshua would be a hit. And 1 Samuel I would think, as well as a sanitized reading of Judges which has a lot of blood, some of which is truly shocking. Thinking Ruth wouldn’t be appreciated as much. 🙂

  • Melissa

    Jeff’s preaching through Mark right now on Sunday mornings. We are really enjoying it. In other news we are also getting Hebrews in the evenings – and just heard the clearest, most amazing exposition of the whole Melchizidek passage I have ever heard. Particularly after having to read it to the kids in Bible class and realising my rather glossed over eyes were reflected in my kid’s, finishing the reading, looking at them and saying, “Yeah, I don’t get it, either.” Praise the Lord for godly preaching!

    And Joshua is a pretty big hit in our family, too, but some of us also really like Ruth, though we do have to keep telling the boys that ALL scripture is God-breathed – even the parts named after girls.

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