Introducing Young MacDonald

Let me introduce you to a teenage Americana band that will knock your socks off, our good friends, Young MacDonald.

Will and Lee MacDonald are brothers who play gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and lots more on their violin and cello.

A couple days ago, they were staying up late answering questions and performing live on KXCI’s Locals Only. Listen to the show! You will not regret it. These boys are amazing.

The Story of Reality

This Sunday at Covenant, a young man we’ve been mentoring for a few months is going to profess his faith and be baptized. We’re so happy for him!

One of the things he says made a big difference for him in becoming a Christian was a book by Greg Koukl called the The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between, which he came across while working at a local library.

If you’re interested in learning more about Christianity you might want to read it for yourself. The Kindle version is on sale at Amazon right now. And, of course, you might find it in your local library too.

Sadly, many people would rather assume things about Christianity than take the time to learn how and why Christians see the world the way they do.

But if you are a curious person, I encourage you to take the time and learn more about the Christian faith. It might change the way you see things. It might even change your life.

The “Lost” Books of the Bible Were Never Lost

Michael Kruger, author of Canon Revisited writes on his blog:

So, no one hid or suppressed these books. On the contrary, early Christians were quite open about the problems with these books and overtly stated why they should be rejected as part of the biblical canon.

Read the whole thing: What about the ‘Lost’ Books of the Bible?

The center of a clay tile mural handmade by Gail Roberts. You can see her amazing art all over Tucson.

part of a mural by Gail Roberts celebrating the wildflowers and butterflies of the American Southwest

⍟ According to this WaPo story, you should breathe through your nose.

Dog? at (32.7299, -114.6378)

⍟ I learned a little more tonight about how to make my website more accessible to people with visual impairments. This is a fun topic! Now my links are underlined (mostly), and I’m looking forward to making a few other changes.

How to Read Opposing Arguments

A Play-by-Play Description

Fred Sanders, professor of theology at Biola, on Twitter:

Clarity ensues. But as I’m paraphrasing their own arguments, I notice that their case is stronger than I remembered. And as I type in some short quotes, I notice that they are coming at the whole issue from a different set of animating questions and concerns than I am.

Quality scholarship often goes slower than you’d like, but the work is so much better.

Incline Your Ear, Listen Diligently to Me

“Paying Attention in Worship”

John Muether, professor of church history and dean of libraries at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, writes in Tabletalk:

The stakes may be higher than we think. As distraction dulls our senses, it can lead even believers to indifference about heavenly matters. The book of Hebrews (which many commentators believe was originally a sermon) speaks powerfully to our digital age when it warns, “We must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it” (Heb. 2:1).

There is a lot to lose and a lot to gain. Isaiah 55, from which this post is titled, calls our attention to this as well.

Pictures of the Yuma Territorial Prison

I took these photos of the Yuma Territorial Prison.

Another picture worth seeing is the mug shot of Pearl Hart, a media savvy prisoner who was part of a scandal (or was it a con?), that got her a pardon and early release on the condition that she’d leave and never return to Arizona.