Pooping Elephants

REAL THINGS MATTER!

I’ve been posing a dare to some friends. I’m daring them to read the introduction to this book and seeing if they can stop. Like one potato chip (which is hardly digital!) they will find themselves devouring the rest of the bag, er book.

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter is a terrific book. There is hard evidence in this book that digital is not the only game in town, but studies and statistics are augmented by engaging stories.  Stories of people making things that we thought went the way of the Dodo bird add to the book’s allure, poignancy, and persuasiveness.

Vinyl records and used bookstores are back!  They, of course, never totally went away, but their demise had an inevitability that was widely held.

So I dare you as well: Grab a copy (you will have to go to a bookstore to do this!) and read the introduction.   I think you will find yourself wanting much more.

By the way, my “Moore’s Law of Reading” held true with this book.  “Moore’s Law of Reading” takes the total number of pages of a book (242 with this book) and divides by two, so 121.  If my marginal notes exceeds half of the pages then it was a worthwhile read.  In this case, I made 166 marginal notes of various kinds, so it definitely was a great read.

BIBLE CONUNDRUM! CAN YOU HELP?

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I often interact with Christians who “believe” the Bible, but don’t read it very much.

I know several non-Christians who don’t believe the Bible, but still read it.

“Ah,” you say, the non-Christians read it for the wrong reason.  They just want to be literate.
“True,” I concede, but what about the Christians who don’t read the Bible?!
I await your answer…

THE DEEP THINGS OF SATAN

Yes, you read that correctly.  It is actually what John says in the book of Revelation.  I am currently reading the book of Revelation for my devotions. 

Here is Rev. 2:24 from the New American Standard Version of the Bible:

“But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them—I place no other burden on you.

According to Gary Burge in his terrific work on John’s gospel, John likes to allow for double meanings at times.

It seems that the “deep things of Satan” could both be a sort of mockery, and it seems to describe a Gnostic-like (Gnosticism does not kick in this early, more of second century reality) idea of special knowledge for certain, select folks.

Either way, the deep things of Satan are unimpressive in light of the riches of the true gospel!