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The New Paraphrase on the Block


The Bible in Rhyme Cover

The Message is so yesterday. There’s a new paraphrase on the block, The Bible in Rhyme. Here’s Psalm 68 as a taste:

May God arise and scatter his foes.
The wicked will perish as everyone knows.
Sing to the Lord who rides on a cloud.
Extol your praises, crying aloud.
A father to orphans, the widow’s defender;
He honors believers and cuts down pretenders.
We marched through the desert with You as our guide
and gained our inheritance, though we were tried.
Great was the glory of those who announced
God and His name, but those who denounced
His honor were struck down, peasant and king.
But all who have seen His power now sing.
God sends one thousand chariots out
and crushes His enemies. Now who will doubt?!
The twelve tribes have come proclaiming a song.
Egypt and Cush will submit to the throng.
Announce that He’s come across all the earth.
All who know Him know what He is worth.
Wherever we tread and wherever we trod,
He will be with us. Praise be to God!

Last week we saw an attempt to update Jesus by putting a baseball cap on him. This week we have an attempt to update the Bible by making it rhyme. Do you think we need another Bible translation/paraphrase? What version(s) of the Bible do you use?

Paper Going the Way of the Bees


Generation X Nest A friend of mine recently used Facebook to ask if the invention of the Kindle would create the same kind of revolution that occurred when the bound book replaced scrolls. For me, the biggest con of switching to a Kindle is the intangibility of the media. I want to be able to touch my books. Highlight words. Scrawl my name on the first page.

Author Douglas Coupland (JPod, Generation X) mused on the medium of paper, how it is made of pulp and compared it to the paper nests of flying insects like wasps. Read this New York Times article to learn about how the author eventually chewed his published book into a model based on nature.

Back to the question: Is the Kindle the end of paper?

The Proper Grieving of a Fallen World


Author Donald Miller, better known for his prose, posted a poem on his blog. Miller is author of bestselling books Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and my favorite, To Own a Dragon. Here’s a stanza from the poem:

I don’t want to bother you, I know you’re busy
but is He as good as we want Him to be?
Did you speak to Him or look at Him
as he shoved you through the tubes?

Check out Miller’s blog to read the entire poem.

Have you read any of Donald Miller’s books? Which one is your favorite? Talk up your favorite in the comments.

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