Monday, February 27, 2012

Second Sunday in Lent

Here are the Common English Bible slides with the Revised Common Lectionary readings for the Second Sunday in Lent, March 4. The "Change Your Heart and Life" blogtour is now underway!


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Lenten Devotional Video

Some United Church of Canada ministers have been preparing daily devotional videos for the season of Lent on the Cruxifusion website. Mine is up today! The video link will probably change to someone else's tomorrow or Monday.

My video is a short reflection on Genesis 9:8-17, one of the lectionary passages for the First Sunday in Lent, February 26. Here is the reading from the Common English Bible:

God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fertile, multiply, and fill the earth. All of the animals on the earth will fear you and dread you — all the birds in the skies, everything crawling on the ground, and all of the sea’s fish. They are in your power. Everything that lives and moves will be your food. Just as I gave you the green grasses, I now give you everything. However, you must not eat meat with its life, its blood, in it.

I will surely demand your blood
for a human life,
from every living thing I will demand it.
From humans, from a man for his brother,
I will demand something
for a human life.
Whoever sheds human blood,
by a human his blood will be shed;
for in the divine image
God made human beings.
As for you, be fertile and multiply. Populate the earth and multiply in it.” God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “I am now setting up my covenant with you, with your descendants, and with every living being with you — with the birds, with the large animals, and with all the animals of the earth, leaving the ark with you. I will set up my covenant with you so that never again will all life be cut off by floodwaters. There will never again be a flood to destroy the earth."

God said, “This is the symbol of the covenant that I am drawing up between me and you and every living thing with you, on behalf of every future generation. I have placed my bow in the clouds; it will be the symbol of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will remember the covenant between me and you and every living being among all the creatures. Floodwaters will never again destroy all creatures. The bow will be in the clouds, and upon seeing it I will remember the enduring covenant between God and every living being of all the earth’s creatures.” God said to Noah, “This is the symbol of the covenant that I have set up between me and all creatures on earth.”

Monday, February 20, 2012

First Sunday in Lent

Here are the Common English Bible slides with the Revised Common Lectionary readings for the First Sunday in Lent, February 26. The "Change Your Heart and Life" blogtour will be underway for Lent on Ash Wednesday, but many of us are getting ready for Sunday worship now!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012


I'm enjoying watching this short film from Canada's National Film Board. It uses an interesting animation technique to depict a typically Canadian subject: hockey.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lent is Coming!

The season of Lent is coming faster than I would like it to be...but this Sunday in many Christian churches is Transfiguration, the seventh Sunday after the Epiphany and the final one in that season. And I'm only just getting to Lenten planning.

The Common English Bible publishers have made PowerPoint slides available with the Revised Common Lectionary passages for Lent. I'm using Scribd to publish them to the blog - here are the slides for Ash Wednesday, February 22. i think these are great for worship leaders and planners who use projection in their services.


Monday, February 13, 2012

The Order For the Burial of the Dead

I don't want to spoil last night's episode of Downton Abbey Season 2 on PBS, but there is a scene in a cemetery. The vicar is saying the words of committal, and as the scene is set in 1919 he is using the Church of England's Order For the Burial of the Dead from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. I found myself saying these classic words along with the actor, in the 350th anniversary year of the prayer book:
Forasmuch as it hath pleased Almighty God of his great mercy to receive unto himself the soul of our dear sister here departed: we therefore commit her body to the ground: earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall change our mortal body that it may be like unto his glorious body, according to the mighty working, whereby he is able to subdue all things to himself.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Yet another concept video...

Here's another "house/office of the (near) future" concept video. This one is from Corning Glass and is intended to show off the company's Gorilla Glass products.

These videos (see my post from Wednesday, February 1) all seem to feature getting up in the morning and having the time, calendar, weather and messages projected on a wall or glass, so that must be coming soon...

Thursday, February 02, 2012

The Tour Continues...

The Common English Bible's "Thank You - Come Again - I Promise" blog tour wrapped up on January 31. But there's another tour coming up! The "Common English Bible Change Your Heart and Life" blog tour and public reading marathon will run February 22 (Ash Wednesday) to May 27 (Pentecost).

I've also benefited from reading the Common English translation in worship and my personal devotions. I enjoyed participating in the blog tour, and am looking forward to being part of this upcoming Lent and Easter tour.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I love "house/office of the future" concept videos. There are always elements that are completely off, and some that seem prophetic (in the prediction sense, usually not the social justice sense). But there's always something thought-provoking in them.

I was watching this one today:

Openarch || FILM from Openarch on Vimeo.

How about that "in the air/on the wall" user interface? I like the alarm clock, temperatures and social media access; I could leave the ads, however. And I'm unsure about full-body Skype.

This one is from Microsoft a while ago:

More projecting information on surfaces. And very impressive handheld devices - meant to be future versions of Windows 7 phones, presumably.

Who Does God Love?

This is unusual for me - two video posts in two days! This one is courtesy of the Common English Bible, and asks, "Who does God love?"

Who does God love? from Common English Bible on Vimeo.