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Novel Bibles & reality TV: some inspiration and silliness.


Thomas Nelson, the world's largest publisher of the King James Bible, has a new addition to its scripture line up. The Voice is a new kind of Bible "translation" that works more like a paraphrase and is intended to be read like a novel. In the publisher's words, "The Voice helps people connect with scripture, so it can impact their lives." A good sample of what this looks like comes from Luke 10:41-42 where Jesus says, "Oh Martha, Martha, you are so anxious and concerned about a million details, but really, only one thing matters. Mary has chosen that one thing, and I won't take it away from her." The feel is more narrative, more engaging, and fess formal.



Having grown up in an Amish community, I'd say I have a pretty good grasp of what Amish life is like. For most people, however, it's source of curiosity. And wherever people are curious about the lives of other people, a reality N show will make money off of it. In the Turner Learning Channel's new hit show, Breaking Amish, cameras follow five Amish/Mennonite youths as they move to and live in New York City. Personally I find the whole thing a bit sad. It seems somewhat like a game show played with people's lives and faith. At the same time, it is pretty interesting.



Big Daddy Weave is a Christian band from Mobile, Alabama, that's growing in popularity. Composed of Mike and Jay Weaver and friends Jeremy Redmon, Joe Shirk and Jeff Jones, the band has been together for over 10 years. But I think they are just coming into their own. Known previously for songs like Fields of Grace and Every Time I Breathe, the band released a new Christmas album in 2012. But it's not Christmas music I'm interested in; it's the song Love Come to Life. I think it makes them a whole new band and I like this new band a lot.



Have you ever thought to yourself, "If I have a baby boy he'll need to be circumcised, but I don't want to mess with some silly physician or have to find parking at some big hospital?" Nope, me neither. But it appears some people have because there's an entire industry of do-it-yourself home circumcision kits. If you really want to know more you can Google it; but be warned, the visuals are disturbing.

Rev. Brad Childs is minister at First, Regina.

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Title Annotation:The Other Six Days
Author:Childs, Brad
Publication:Presbyterian Record
Date:Jan 1, 2013
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