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.