The Social Commentary of a Burger

The burger is a symbol of everything American. Straightforward, egalitarian, substantial, and good-natured, they can also be a little bloody at times. A great burger, regardless of regional differences, instills a sense of optimism and fulfillment, that all is right at the table or the counter or the wood-grain, screwed-to-floor, fast-food booth. At its best, it eliminates the need for conversation or the urge to glance up at the TV over the bar.

Archetypal American (firstthings.com/blogs/leithart)

That Ubiquitous Bible

In honor of the first week of classes at UT, I’m posting the intro to the Gideon pocket size Bible… that ubiquitous little Bible.

First the pertinent facts: they come slightly larger than an iPhone and in full technicolor. And did you know the colors are significant? I didn’t.

  • Orange: for sidewalk distribution to middle/high school students
  • Green: for college/university students
  • Red: for in-school distribution to Middle/High school students
  • Digital Camouflage/Desert Camouflage: for the military
  • Dark blue: for law enforcement personnel, firefighters, and EMTs
  • White: for medical professionals
  • Light blue: for distribution by the Auxiliary only
  • Brown: personal worker’s testaments (for individual witnessing by Gideons)
  • Periwinkle: personal worker’s testaments (for individual witnessing by the Auxiliary)

On the left are three of my copies, the first of which (red) I got on Oct 13, 1989, complete with dinosaur sticker inside the front cover. But lacking this intro.

If you haven’t ever read this, enjoy!

“The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.

Christ is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.”

The Bible at a Glance

It’s called sixty-six clouds.

If the Bible was the collective blogging effort of men of old, this would be the tag cloud.

This is the ultimate word study turned graphic.

These 11″x17″ posters turn the words of the Bible into home decor. I call it decorative evangelism. Want to get an idea of what the Bible is all about? Scroll through these posters that visualize word frequency in the Bible and you’ll agree that the Bible is focused not on dry doctrines but on a living person!

Witness Lee was right when he said, “The early apostles, such as John, Paul, and Peter, although their style, terminology, utterance, certain aspects of their views, and the way they presented their teachings differed, participated in the same, unique ministry, the ministry of the New Testament. Such a ministry ministers to people, as its focus, the all-inclusive Christ as the embodiment of the Triune God.”

The three posters above, from the books John, Philippians, and 1 Peter demonstrate this. Paul, John, and Peter were the three major authors of the New Testament, writing from different backgrounds, with different perspectives, to different audiences, in different regions, at different times. And YET all their writings stress the Triune God for our experience.

Use the link above to check out the website! There’s a poster for every book in the Bible.