If I had to summarize Ricky Anderson in five words, I would say:

  • Human
  • Male
  • Computery
  • Funny
  • Stranger

I say “stranger” because we’ve never met. We just read each other’s blogs and follow each other on Twitter- social media really sets us all up for some pretty weird relationships with other people, doesn’t it?

Anyway, last week Ricky sent me an email that said “I am sending you a guest post. This is not a request.” Ricky works in I.T., so I was afraid if I said no, he make my computer explode in my face.

I’ve heard they can do that.

So, here’s what he sent me. (You really have to go read the scripture to get it):

Ricky has a really funny blog that you should read every day for the rest of your life. I’d highly recommend his “How To Be…” series and “Network Administrator Diaries.”

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Sugar, Kids, God, Trust

Posted: December 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

This is the Fults family:

Josh, Hayden, and Devin. They’re a pretty family, right?

I actually know these people. Like, in real life. We went to the same college, they live in the next town over, Josh is on staff at a church so our paths cross sometimes. We’re not like BFFs, but we’re close enough that if Liz and I were having a Christmas party and wanted to invite a bunch of cool people, we’d definitely ask Josh and Devin to babysit for us.

Just kidding.

Anyway, I’ve got a guest post today at Josh’s blog. It’s about how God doesn’t like my kids to have sugar. No, wait…that’s not right. Just click to go read it.

And while you’re there, check out some of Josh’s stuff. He’s really smart about faith, psychology, and apologetics, and his “Facebook Friday” series is fantastic. Have fun, friendos. I love you more than you know. (I hope that’s not weird.)

Luke 1:41

Posted: December 5, 2011 in Pictures

Showing some blogger love

Posted: December 3, 2011 in Fun Stuff, Words

Last week I threw up (gross) a post asking if any of you blogged, and it turns out that a lot of you do. So I sent emails to those who left a comment and asked, “What’s your best post? Send me the link and I’ll put it up on BDB.”

And I’m a man of my word.

Here are the links I got back in my electronic mail account. Take a few minutes to read through these, leave some comments for them, and enjoy this dose of Saturday awesomeness:

Your Love is Better than Chocolate – One of the sweetest things ever, by Jessica Buttram

How To Be A Doctor – Ricky Anderson gives (terrible) advice on practicing for this profession.

Ecclesiastes is Meaningless – Thomas Mark Zuniga on the most depressing book of the Bible

A New Beginning – Ed Christian shares some thoughts on why life sometimes falls apart.

If you would have told me… – Joe Knight on what he might have said

History – It had to come from somewhere, right? Joseph Craven explains. (Kind of)

The Fruity 1 – Chris Vonada made up a reality show based on the fruits of the spirit.

A Dirty Christian Word – Josh Fults discusses doubt.

Feel free to leave a link to your best post in the comments section.

Galatians 3:15

Posted: December 2, 2011 in Pictures

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The problem with Bible verses

Posted: December 1, 2011 in Serious Stuff, Words

On a pretty regular basis, I have people ask me something along the lines of, “Where’s that verse in the Bible that says _____?” Though I can’t prove it, I feel like most of the time I’m being used to help show a friend or relative the error of their ways. The problem with trying to do this, though, is that there usually isn’t a Bible verse that says whatever it is they’re wanting it to say. The Bible wasn’t written like that, and was never intended to be used that way.

Think of it like this: We live in a very image-saturated society. Photos are used so much because they’re easy to understand. The subject is clear, the intent is evident, and it doesn’t take a lot of critical thinking to see what’s happening in a photograph. But if you take a picture and turn it into a 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzle, suddenly things aren’t so easy. It’s hard to see what’s going on because you have to take time to see how it all fits together, putting together small sections at a time before putting the small chunks together to form a bigger picture.

Biblical living is more like a jigsaw puzzle than a photograph.

Often, what people want is a snapshot of God. “What does God say about this?” But that’s not what he gave us. Granted, there are a few verses that spell out how God feels about a particular subject. “Don’t murder” is a pretty clear cut one. So are, “Don’t commit adultery” and “Don’t steal.” Everybody knows those things are wrong. (If you’re trying to convince a loved one not to murder someone, don’t go to you pastor, go to the police. We didn’t take any crime prevention classes at preacher college.) But for the most part, the Bible is a collection of stories from which we are supposed to draw conclusions and understand principles to live by, and you don’t usually get those principles from single verses.

It’s a complex book with hundreds of characters that span thousands of years. It’s got history, parables, census-taking, genealogies, private letters, essays, narrative- have you ever read the Bible? There’s a lot going on there. And when you try to reduce it to single verse, dogmatic statements, you’re doing it wrong.

You can’t understand God and faith by memorizing or relying on single verses. You have to take into account the breadth of scripture, and piece together your understanding of God like a huge puzzle. One piece at a time, see where it fits in the larger context, grab another small piece, figure out where it fits… It’s a lifetime’s effort.

People don’t like that. It’s hard work and it takes time. When we’re in the heat of theological or moral battle, we want to be armed and ready with that silver bullet verse.

Sorry, kids. Most of the time they don’t exist.

That’s why it is so important for Christians to study the Bible. So that when those things come up, you can say, “This happened in 1 Samuel, and Paul mentions this in Romans, and Jesus said this- so I think what God is saying about this issue is…”

If you claim to be a Christian, and you want to understand the will of God better, there’s no way around it: study the Bible.

To-Do List

Posted: November 30, 2011 in Pictures

Yesterday, Tarver posted his to-do list, and asked readers what was on theirs. So, here’s mine:

Your turn. What’s on your to-do list?