Doubletake 5-4-19

Screenshot 2019-05-03 at 8.12.43 PMFirst, let me marvel over the fact I have posted each day this week. I don’t know when The Master’s Table last published five days in a row.

So what is this? This is a look back at the past week. Some things I wrote about, others were in the news or perhaps happened on other blogs. Basically it’s a new project that I will likely start and then not follow through on. But The Master’s Table started out as a new project in 2008, Happy Monday was another in 2012. I may have more beginnings than finished projects but every task I have ever seen through to completion had a beginning. There is really no other way to start. Continue reading

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Link List Turns 250

Screenshot 2015-04-08 at 10.26.27 AMI don’t mention the Wednesday Link List on here every week for several reasons. For one thing, many of my readers are probably reading or following Canadian blogger Paul Wilkinson already. Linking a list of blog links also has a certain redundancy to it, especially if the list includes a link back here. I do post a link every week on the Facebook page, but that page has fewer followers than this blog and of course not everyone is on Facebook, so I do like to mention it from time to time.

Today marks a milestone as the Wednesday version of the Link List hits 250 posts!  It also contains a couple of posts I really enjoyed, like 10 Secrets of the Senior Pastor and the Religious Affections article on How Our Children Learn to Worship. So if you haven’t seen today’s Wednesday Link List pop in for a short visit. It’s also better to click through and leave comments at the sources and not just on the Link List page.

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!

 

 

 

 

What We Bring to the Table

Paul Wilkinson is the author of Thinking Out Loud and Christianity 201.  Today he is our guest.  (And no, that’s not him in the picture.)

Back on the Labor Day weekend, Clark asked me to consider writing something for his readers here. I was honored, but also confused. What could I possibly bring to The Master’s Table that wouldn’t be the blog equivalent of showing up at Clark’s house and painting graffiti all over his living room walls?  I believe this is part of a larger “table” question we should ask ourselves on a regular basis,

What Do I Have to Bring to the Table?

I don’t do a lot of formal meetings in the course of a year, but when they come up, I like to arrive prepared. If there are multiple people involved, sometimes I will say nothing for the first twenty minutes, looking for the idea that’s being missed, the implication that’s not being considered, the parallel to another situation that’s not being remembered. Then I will interject something that I feel is helpful. I want to make a contribution, not simply nod in agreement or call for the vote. Continue reading

I’ve Got Friends in Blog Places

I love the Internet; no surprise there right?  I watch movies online, stream music, author multiple blogs and make excessive use of Facebook.  My wife and I each have a laptop, and our own handheld web devices.  I’m blogging in the kitchen while baking a lasagna, but that’s probably more intel than you need.

One of the privileges afforded by the internet is that anyone can have a global audience.  This blog is read around the block and around the world.  I in turn have made blog friends in places such as Canada, Australia and Israel.  While brothers and sisters in the Kingdom, we have never met in person.  Paul Wilkinson (he’s Canadian, eh) is the author of Christianity 201 and Thinking Out Loud, both of which are listed in the blogroll at right.  He wrote me last week and asked about submitting a guest post, which I am always happy to do.  Good blogs include links to other places, and one test of your own blog worthiness is being linked to by others.  Featuring a guest author adds variety to your own blog and increases the web presence of your guest.  If no one has coined the term Internetworking let me toss it out there now.

My latest post, Jesus Said More Than the Lord’s Prayer, is featured at Christianity 201.  Paul adds new content daily from a variety of sources, so be sure to visit again.

The Read and Share File

The Read and Share File is a new feature here at The Master’s Table.  I’ve had nothing but positive feedback so far, let me know what you think.

John Piper asks Why Did God Let Paul Become a Murderer?  This is some heavy theology, give yourself time to take it all in.

Did you give up anything for Lent?  According to Stuff Christians Like the Internet is the most common thing to do without for 40 days.  It’s called a Digital Fast and obviously no one reading this is on one.

So you would think that police in New Orleans would pretty much have their hands full during Mardi Gras.  In addition to everything else going on (I decided not to print a list) Paul Wilkinson shares this story about Hope Church.  They got shut down for giving out coffee and water for free – to parade goers without a permit.  Have you ever seen Mardi Gras?!?  Handing out bottled water, that’s gotta’ stop.

Tim Challies is giving stuff away free stuff every Friday, or at least finding it for us. Here you can download Christian themed March calendar wallpaper.

*For a guy that normally looks like a million dollars, that may be the worst picture of Joel Osteen I’ve ever seen.  Thanks Christian Post.