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News: Books of the Bible Section Added to ABibleADay.com

News: Books of the Bible Section Added to ABibleADay.com

New information is being added to ABibleADay.com on a regular basis.

Just added was a Books of the Bible section. In addition to listing all the books of the Bible, there are also links to brief overviews for some of the books.

More overviews will be added as you encounter the books in your Old Testament, New Testament, and Monthly reading plans.

Currently, there are overviews online for:

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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Trimming the Tree

Last week we packed up our Christmas decorations, took down the lights (we couldn’t think of a good place to hang “mood lights“), and over the weekend, we trimmed the tree.

Say, what?

Yes, we trimmed the tree.  The first time we “trimmed” it was to put the lights on.  The second time we trimmed it was to get rid of it!

Yes, we really trimmed it. The tree was about twice as wide as our doorway.  It wasn’t going out the same way it came in, so we had to get creative. The bonus was that we enjoyed the tree once more, as it warmed our living room with its cheery glow.

(Kids, don’t try this at home. Leave it to your crazy parents—who know just how dangerous it is.)

Do you like this post? Want to read more? Check out Peter’s book, Bridging the Sacred-Secular Divide: Discovering the Spirituality of Every Day Life, available wherever books are sold.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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The Christmas Five

I gained five pounds over the Christmas holiday—and it’s all my wife’s fault. Really; it is. A few days before Christmas, she, code named “the Queen of Desserts,” went on a baking spree, producing a bodacious bevy of delectable desserts that would have put a bakery to shame.

Ah! So much to enjoy. So little time.  What was I to do?

First, I attacked the Rice Krispie Treats; soft, tasty and good for you, too.  After all, they’re made of cereal and cereal is good for you, ergo Treats are good for you.  I don’t want to say that I ate them all — so I won’t.

The pecan bars, a personal favorite, caught my eye next.  They were so rich, however, that I invoked a self-imposed two-a-day limit.

Then there were sugar cookies, puppy chow, chocolate chip cookies, macaroon kiss cookies, cheese fudge, ginger bread cookies, and a birthday cake for Jesus. 

After all, Jesus is what Christmas is all about.  It sounds a bit corny, but we even sing happy birthday to him.  At some point, a light-hearted discussion ensues.  I say that somewhere in the Bible it mentions Jesus likes yellow cake with lemon frosting; my wife assures me his preference is chocolate.

Anyway, until I dispatch the desserts, there is no chance I will lose the five pounds.  Right now we are down to the gingerbread man cookies. 

Wait, I want to be politically correct.  Let me check.  Yes, they are all men!  How do I know?  By comparing them to the icons on most public restrooms—none of these cookies are wearing dresses!

So, the gingerbread cookies are my least fave, but until they are properly dealt with (a euphemism for eaten), there is little chance of me losing my Christmas five.

Until then, happy snacking!

Do you like this post? Want to read more? Check out Peter’s book, Bridging the Sacred-Secular Divide: Discovering the Spirituality of Every Day Life, available wherever books are sold.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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Chiefs Win!

I didn’t have time to post anything last night, but I have a good excuse.

Son Dan’s hockey team was playing for their men’s league championship.  They won 8 to 0, for an undefeated season. Their opponent, having notched upset overtime victories in their first two playoff games, played admirably, but simply ran out of steam by the time they reached the finals.

Dan is the Chief’s goalie—their only goalie. As such, he played every minute of every game. This is unlike most of his prior hockey experience, where he shared net minder duties with multiple goalies—sometimes as many as three others.

For men’s league, fan backing is minimal. Most players skate without the support of family and friends. A wife or two occasionally shows up, sometimes with kids in tow. 

For others, a girlfriend cheers them on. In the game, last night, Dan’s contingency outnumbered all the other fans combined.

Most of the action was on the opposite end of the ice and Dan didn’t have much to do (which is not his preference; he likes to be kept busy). When called upon, he responded admirably, keeping the puck out of the net throughout the entire contest.

I get tense when Dan is playing and the game is close. This, however, was a game I could thoroughly enjoy: an early lead was established, there is little doubt as to the outcome, and Dan played with excellence!

Yea!  The Chiefs win the championship!

Do you like this post? Want to read more? Check out Peter’s book, Bridging the Sacred-Secular Divide: Discovering the Spirituality of Every Day Life, available wherever books are sold.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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“R” You Ready?

After another post, considering how words are used—and misused—my thoughts turned to how words are pronounced—and mispronounced.

I, for one, have a “flexible” pronunciation style. For any word possessing more than two syllables, I am seemingly able to enunciate it in at least two different ways—sometimes within the same sentence. Amazingly, I have not had to practice this skill; it just comes naturally.

In fact, placing emphasis on the wrong syllable occurs so effortlessly that when I try to avoid alternate articulations, I often invent a third utterance.

In this regard, the letter “r” is of special interest to me. When I was a lad, I pronounced “wash” by inserting an “r” in the middle, as in “warsh.” Most of the time this was’’t a big deal; I think there was a local predilection to “warsh” things.

However, at age ten we moved a scant 15 miles west. There, nobody wanted to “warsh” anything; I faced all manner of ridicule and humiliation over my proclivity to “warsh.” Although it took a concerted effort, I was eventually able to lose the “r” and I began to “wash” like everyone else.

Other people habitually interject an “r” into idea, as in “idear.” This usage is as odd to me as my “warshing” was to my friends growing up.

Then there are those folks who have a penchant for dropping “r”s.  For example “car” becomes “ca” and “bar” becomes “ba.” For example, did you drive your “ca” to the “ba”? Personally, I admire the concise brevity of this approach, though I have yet to adapt that style.

It could be that the misplaced “r”s in the “cas” got used when they were “warshed.” There’s a certain symmetry here that I can appreciate.

Any “idear” where it’s extra “r” came from?

Do you like this post? Want to read more? Check out Peter’s book, Bridging the Sacred-Secular Divide: Discovering the Spirituality of Every Day Life, available wherever books are sold.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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Check Out ABibleADay.com

Check Out ABibleADay.com

Check out ABibleADay.com. If you’re already regularly reading the Bible, that is great! If not, I encourage you to begin today with one of our reading plans.

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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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It Melted!

I mentioned that, from my perspective, the ideal winter was for it to snow on Christmas Eve and melt the day after New Year’s Day. In an uncharacteristically Michigan-winter manner, I got my wish! (At least so far.)

After about 12 inches of snow over New Year’s weekend, the temperatures began to rise, eventually shooting up to historic highs. Yesterday, January 7, topped out at 63 and today was in the high fifties. This morning my bride witnessed a man driving with his convertible top down.

All the snow has indeed melted. Compare this to the same scene a scant 5 days earlier, on Jan 2.  Notice that there is still a green tint to some of the grass.

It even felt like spring (which is my favorite time of year). I couldn’t let such an unexpected opportunity go to waste, so I spent part of my lunch hour outside doing a bit of raking and picking up fallen branches.

For those who take this unexpected heat-wave as one more confirmation of global warning, do not be so easily convinced, as the temperatures are predicted to plummet tomorrow, with the rain turning to snow towards the weekend.

So the winter weather will soon be back and everything will again be as it should be. Until that happens, I will be thankful for a brief reprieve from winter snow and for the tantalizing glimpse of spring.

Onward!

Do you like this post? Want to read more? Check out Peter’s book, Bridging the Sacred-Secular Divide: Discovering the Spirituality of Every Day Life, available wherever books are sold.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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Let It Snow!

Over the holidays, friends from southern California made a surprise visit. Although my buddy grew up in Michigan, complete with it’s snowy winters, his bride and their three sons are California-raised. 

As such, snow is a greatly hoped for occurrence during any Christmas-time visit. This year did not disappoint.

With only mild embarrassment they admitted to becoming distracted by the awe-inspired beauty of the snow in the mall parking lot. Pictures were taken of the fluffy white precipitation and a spontaneous snowball fight erupted. 

People were staring, but they didn’t care. The snow was too glorious and joy abounded. (It is inconceivable that I would ever use “joy” and “snow” in the same sentence.)

They hoped for more snow—and the opportunity to take more pictures. I am pleased to say that they got their wish!

As a winter-jaded Michigander, I approach the snow season a little less enthusiasm each year. Yes, I want snow, but it doesn’t need to last for three or four months.

For me, the ideal schedule is for it to snow on Christmas Eve and melt the day after News Years Day. 

Do you like this post? Want to read more? Check out Peter’s book, Bridging the Sacred-Secular Divide: Discovering the Spirituality of Every Day Life, available wherever books are sold.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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Welcome to Pursuing Biblical God

Welcome to Pursuing Biblical God

Welcome to “Pursuing Biblical God,” a conversation about spirituality from a biblical perspective. Here are some thoughts to get our party started:

  • I’m spiritual, but not religious.That’s a trendy thing to say, but I mean it. The Pharisees were very religious; I am not.
  • All things are spiritual. I reject the modern separation of reality into spiritual and secular realms.
  • Not all things that are spiritual are good. At best, some spiritual ideas serve as distraction; at worse, destruction.
  • I don’t have all the answers; I have mostly questions. I shun formal theology because it’s boring and impractical. I embrace paradox—and the Bible is full of wonderful, delightful paradoxes.
  • I avoid the of label Christian; I am a follower of Jesus. Nothing else matters.

What makes me qualified to embark upon such a grandiose endeavor? Only that I am on a journey in pursuit of the God who is revealed in the Bible, the God who created time and space, the God who yearns to be in relationship with me—and I with him.

I’m in love with creator of the universe and savior of the world and invite that you join me on this greatest of life’s adventures.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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News Release: Peter DeHaan Launches Blog, “The Musings of Peter DeHaan”

News Release: Peter DeHaan Launches Blog, “The Musings of Peter DeHaan”

“The Musings of Peter DeHaan” to Expand Peter’s Online Articles and Commentary

Mattawan, Michigan, Jan 1,DeHaan, publisher of AnswerStat magazine, Connections Magazine, and the website, ArticleWeekly.com, launched a blog on January 1, simply entitled, “The Musings of Peter DeHaan.”

“I had been considering a blog for a couple of years,” DeHaan stated. “The feedback I receive on my articles and editorials is both affirming and encouraging. My main concern was wondering if I would have enough worthwhile topics to write about in a blog.

Eventually, I concluded that this was not an issueand the blog was launched!”

The blog will be similar in scope and tone to Peter’s “From the Publisher” in Connections Magazine and “Vital Signs” in AnswerStat magazine.

As such, it will serve as a general purpose repository of his thoughts and observations, covering an array of subjects from the personal to the public and everywhere in between.

For more info visit Peter DeHaan’s website.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.