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Julie Melilli. Special God.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, September 5th 2018.  64 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

There’s many Christian children’s books out there so what makes this one unique?  In the introduction the author Julie Melilli gave some background to why she wrote the book.  She mentioned about looking for a book for her adopted daughter that had developmental disabilities and physical differences.  In addition she was looking for something that is biblical to read to her daughter while also looking for something with simple vocabulary that for non-native English speaker.  Seeing the need for such a resource Julie Melilli decided to write this book.

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I imagine many readers have heard Martin Luther King’s quote “It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o’clock on Sunday morning.”  People who often quote King go on to lament about how many churches look monolithic.  Still some would also bash ethnic churches.  I’ve been guilty of this myself.  But in this post I want to look at “a still more excellent way.”  And like 1 Corinthians 12:31 that I quoted, this better way is nuanced, Gospel centered and loving.  Loving of God and all people group.

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At 9 PM Pacific Standard Time we hit a new milestone for our blog: 1.4 million views.

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This is a Christian Home School Lesson Series for first graders on the Solar System that aims to fulfill the Science Content Standards from the California Department of Education.

Lesson 10: Pluto

Purpose: To explore and know more about God’s creation of Pluto.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who Was Achan’s father?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Achan’s father was Carmi.

But the sons of Israel acted unfaithfully in regard to the things under the ban, for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, took some of the things under the ban, therefore the anger of the Lord burned against the sons of Israel.” (Joshua 7:1)

Achan’s father is Zerah.

Then Joshua and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the mantle, the bar of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent and all that belonged to him; and they brought them up to the valley of Achor.” (Joshua 7:24)

Did not Achan the son of Zerah act unfaithfully in the things under the ban, and wrath fall on all the congregation of Israel? And that man did not perish alone in his iniquity.’” (Joshua 22:20)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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Long weekend, still long Monday with ministry.

Short post with the question: What has God been teaching you?

It’s a good question to ask oneself from time to time.

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few months ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is from the Greek translation of Philippians 3:7.  Here is my translation:

“SENTENCE 7 ἀλλὰ ‹✓ [LD ἅτινα ἦν μοι κέρδη LD] [TP ταῦτα TP] ἥγημαι διὰ τὸν
But whatever things were to me gain this I think because of

Χριστὸν ζημίαν ✓›”
Christ a loss

Here are some observations:

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