Book Review: Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me by Renee Fisher

Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is the power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.” -Corrie ten Boom

Renee Fisher began journaling in 1997 as part of her healing process. Prayers and scriptures filled her journal; God answered in a big was and the writing never stopped. Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me: Finding Freedom in the Journey from Pain to Purpose is her third book. Continue reading

New and Improved Bible Gateway

Screenshot 2014-06-27 at 8.45.06 AMThe preview of the new Bible Gateway has been available for several weeks in beta, but you may have noticed the new site design going live this week. Not everyone saw the change at the same time, but the roll out of the new format has been gradually taking place since Monday. Here are some of the key new features:

  • Bible annotation and personalization built around user accounts
  • Seamless cross-platform syncing of user-created content
  • Responsive design that adapts to any screen size or viewing device
  • Clean, clutter-free presentation of Bible, devotional, and reference content

Anything new takes a little getting used to. Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) about the new design and functionality. Below is a short video tutorial.

The Master’s Table is a proud partner of the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid. 

2 New Reviews of God is Near

Screenshot 2014-06-26 at 4.01.13 PMPaul Wilkinson is no stranger to The Master’s Table. In addition to blogging at Thinking Out Loud and Christianity 201, his Wednesday Link List appears weekly at the Parse Leadership Journal of Christianity Today. He is on our blog roll and has been our guest blogger a time or two. Read his review that ran Monday on Thinking Out Loud.

Denise Spencer is the “first lady” of Internet Monk. Her late husband Michael Spencer was my friend and mentor in real life and the original Internet Monk, creating, writing, posting and managing the blog from 2001 until 2010. Mike Mercer and others continue the online work Michael started. Denise continues to work on the mission field in south-eastern Kentucky where the Bunches and Spencers once served together. Read her review, posted Thursday at Internet Monk.

  • Links to other reviews and ordering information are on the God is Near page of this blog. Please share this link, order a copy of the book if you have not yet done so, and join us for a series of discussions that will begin soon!

 

 

 

 

The Read and Share File

overloadHere’s a look at some things I’ve been reading lately.

Apologetics – the discipline of defending a position (often religious) through the systematic use of information. So if Christian apologists offer a defense of our position, does that mean atheist apologists offer a defense of their? Eric Chabot says yes.  Continue reading

Trying Something New

Screenshot 2014-05-08 at 9.53.33 AMThomas Edison tried everything from wood to cotton fibers while attempting to create the first incandescent bulb. He failed many times before invented the light bulb containing a tungsten filament. He is often quoted as saying “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” The only way to discover new things that do work is to try new things not knowing if they will work or not.

A few days ago I started a new thing at my other blog clarkbunch.wordpress.com. Continue reading

The Read and Share File

overloadThe Read and Share File – it’s been a while since we did one of these but it’s pretty self-explanatory. Here’s a couple of posts and one video that I enjoyed and wish to to pass along. I’ve had enough time to surf lately that stuff’s piling up.

“One of the blessings of the World Wide Web is that we now have access to an unlimited number of opinions about any given subject. One of the curses of the World Wide Web is there is no search engine that screens for stupidity and poor judgment.” Continue reading

Bible Gateway Blogger Grid, Take 2

Last week I announced The Master’s Table was joining the Bible Gateway Blogger Grid. Then on Twitter I called it the Bible Gateway Blogging Grid. Bible Gateway re-tweeted my post but I still felt like a chump.

Or Android or Kindle

Or Android or Kindle

I did mention the Bible Gateway site, offering dozens of English translations and a host of others. I failed to mention the Bible Gateway Mobile App. Check out the classic Bible Gateway site then take a look at the Beta version which is coming soon. Read up on the Bible Gateway Blog or test your knowledge with the Bible Quote Quiz. It’s fun and you might learn something. On social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, G+) posts tagged #bgbg2 are from Bible Gateway Blogger Grid members. You may have also noticed the Verse of the Day in the left-hand sidebar with a link to Bible Gateway; you can also subscribe to Verse of the Day via email.

We devoted a week of posts to Holy Week in April, then another week preparing for the National Day of Prayer. Next week will be sort of a return to business as usual; expect 2 or 3 posts a week that are God honoring and Christ centered, with all scripture references linked to Bible Gateway. My translation of choice is the English Standard Version (ESV) but your favorite versions plus some you may have never heard of are waiting for you at Bible Gateway.

 

Prayer Week: Posts, Quotes and Verses

day of prayerTomorrow is the National Day of Prayer. Paul Wilkinson has compiled a collection of archived posts from Christianity 201 on the subject of prayer and this post at Everyday Student has several quotes on prayer (Joseph Smith and Rick Warren on the same list) and a huge collection of Bible verses on the topic. Continue reading

Blogs and Prayers

prayer I went looking for some good blog posts on prayer yesterday and came up with a rather extensive list. It’s not my list, check out 50 Great Prayer Blogs at PrayerCoach.com. The site also offers prayer quotes, prayer guides and is itself a resource. I can’t personally vouch for every link on the list but I did click quite a few before giving the list a head nod. This one – Daily Devotion - is particular well done while others, well. (If your blog title is A Prayer a Day maybe update that more often than three times a year.) Continue reading

Bible Gateway Blogger Grid

Screenshot 2014-04-24 at 9.36.16 PMYou may have noticed a new look at Bible Gateway. More changes are currently in beta and the look and functionality will soon be revised again. Like WordPress and many other sites, Bible Gateway is adapting to take greater advantage of social media. Everything is now cross-promoted across multiple outlets; which brings me to my Blogger Grid announcement. Continue reading