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Thursday, March 17, 2011

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Smithsonian Restoring Jefferson’s Version of the Bible, Five Things Everyone Should Know About The Bible, Facebook Doesn’t Kill Churches, Churches Kill Churches…


Today’s Inspiration:

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Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Happy Shamrock Day!


Spirituality News & Posts:

1. USA Today/RNS: Museum Restores Jefferson’s Unique Bible
“A Smithsonian museum is restoring the “Jefferson Bible,” a unique volume the third president cut and pasted himself — omitting lots of theology — from portions of the New Testament.”

2. Kristin M. Swenson:
Five Things Everyone Should Know About The Bible, Believe It or Not

“The Bible is a peculiar book, and it’s hard to get straight information about it… Knowing the few bits of information provided here, as plain and pedantic as they may seem, makes it possible to make sense of the Bible — its uses and abuses — for yourself.”

3. Matthew Dowd: Rumi and St. Francis: Healing Wisdom for Today
“Both Rumi and St. Francis, through their simple words and actions, preached a path of love, forgiveness, and understanding. While each was informed by different faiths, families, and local environments, their messages couldn’t have been more similar and soulful.”

4. Elizabeth Drescher: Facebook Doesn’t Kill Churches, Churches Kill Churches
“That is, if church were, indeed, a robustly social experience, Facebook would enrich and extend that experience, enhancing week-to-week retention through ongoing conversation with valued friends—just as it appears to do with undergraduates moving from the first to the second year of college. Thin connections in face-to-face settings are not magically transformed by technology.”

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