Sunday Best: A new Study Bible, Cuban church growth, & Google Hangout event

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Monday, July 23th at noon: “The Dark Knight Rises” LIVE Google Hangout

Be sure to catch this unique event being hosted right here on Seedbed with Dr. Ben Witherington and Dr. Philip Tallon.

Logos Bible Software has developed a new Study Bible with helpful tools for those who can’t afford the cost of software or who don’t have the working knowledge to use it. In the ebook format, it is absolutely free with a special promotional code, and its ease of use and functionality is a plus. This may be a good resource for people in the church. See the Faithlife Study Bible promo.

With the upcoming elections this year, Pastor Rick Warren from Saddleback Church is once again planning to hold a civil forum with candidates Barack Obama and Mit Romney. Should the church host more of these forums? Are they helpful for deciding who to vote for?

More on civic issues: should a Christian organization and/or employer be forced to offer health insurance that covers birth control? Wheaton College is one of the latest to sue over this issue. What’s at stake here?

Peter Enns continues to argue that our idea of Scripture’s inspiration and authority needs to be informed by an understanding of the Bible’s Ancienet Near Eastern context. In his post “Children and Virgins as Spoils of War and the Character of God” he suggests that knowing the background helps us understand the picture of genocide presented in the conquest, but does not evade the difficult questions that remain.

John Leek blogs about the exploding Cuban Methodist church. The growth has been “as high as 60%” while new church buildings were prohibited over the last 4 years. Some leaders suggest the key there has been prayer, bible reading, intentional theological formation and a localized liturgy.

In the wake of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado this week, one victim Jessica Ghawi actually survived another shooting in Toronto, Canada just a month earlier. Some blog posts published by Jessica processing her experience in Toronto serve to remind us what really matters in this life. “I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given,” wrote Jessica on her blog after the Toronto shooting.

See another blog post from someone who was present there. Marie reflects on the goodness of God. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this unfortunate event.

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