Some quick reflections on things from this weekend.
In a post, A Minor Miracle, from Bible Translator Foibles, the anonymous author writes…
Gradually it sunk into my thick skull that being at church is a statement of solidarity with the community of believers. You would think that would be a given for a missionary translator who studied theology. Even if I get nothing out of the church service, I contribute by my presence.
Speaking of miracles. Friends of ours are experiencing their own miracle as Jessica, their seven month old baby, makes it through another heart operation. Maybe best described in their own words…
Our beautiful daughter Jessica was born in September 2011 with a severe heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. This was diagnosed at her 20 week scan and we were initially told that she was unlikely to be suitable for surgery. However, a pioneering in-utero operation at 28 weeks to enlarge a hole in her atrial septum was carried out and she was able to make it to term and get through her first open-heart surgery at just eight hours old. Since birth, she has had three operations and will need more as she gets bigger.
You can read about Jessica’s story at jessica-thejourney.blogspot.co.uk. and the latest updates as she comes out of yet another operation.
On a completely different topic. The Sentralized blog has published a top 40 Missional Reading List. HT: to both Mike Frost and Tim Davey for pointing to it on Facebook. Although, Mike gets more out of it having authored, or co-authored, four of the books on the list.
Taking some exercise this weekend, I was catching up on the series of sermons from Mosaic in LA called Artisan – yes, I run and listen to Bible talks, maybe not so rock and roll! Anyway, I was struck by the observation by Erwin McManus, that Mary only makes one commandment in the whole of the Bible, John 2:5,
His mother told the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.”