Monthly Archives: March 2015

Originalism: A Quarter-Century of Debateby Steven G. Calabresi (Editor)

 

 What did the Constitution mean at the time it was adopted? How should we interpret today the words used by the Founding Fathers? In Originalism: A Quarter-Century of Debate, these questions are explained and dissected by the very people who continue to shape the legal structure of our country.

Originalism: A Quarter-Century of Debate is a lively and fascinating discussion of an issue that has occupied the greatest legal minds in America, and one that continues to elicit strong reactions from both those who support and those who oppose the rule of law. Steven G. Calabresi, co-founder of the Federalist Society and professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law, has compiled an impressive collection of speeches, panel discussions, and debates from some of the greatest and most prominent legal experts of the last twenty-five years.

Being an originalist myself, I found this book interesting. It opened my eyes in a few respects and reminded me of a great number of things concerning constitutional interpretation. A great number of people spoke on behalf of originalism, textualism, and historical understanding. A great problem in our nation is the reliance on precedent, which can be dangerous in itself. An interesting read, if into the constitution & the court.

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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The Reason for My Hope: Salvation by Billy Graham

   

 

Age and illness have removed him from the public eye, but only death will stop Graham from promulgating the same good news of salvation in Jesus Christ that he has preached now for 70 years. Only some of his exempla are new, drawn from recent headlines and the web, but, as always, Graham makes the message fresh, makes it new, in a plain-speaking and personal manner that few other evangelists have mastered quite as well. He remains absolutely faithful to the text of the Bible, as sure of sin and damnation as they are biblically portrayed as he is of repentance, salvation, and heaven. Moreover, he is as convinced of prophecy—that Jesus’ coming was foretold and that his Second Coming is certain—as ever. He doesn’t acknowledge nuance (although he doesn’t condemn metaphorical reading of scripture, either), and—what upsets contemporary sensibilities much more—he adheres to traditional understandings, for example of marriage, as firmly as to traditional evangelical interpretation of the Bible. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. –Ray Olson

This was a really fast read! The crux of this book was to get back to basics, get back to Jesus, & get back to relying on the word of God which is the basis of our faith!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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4 Things To Do That Will Get You Reading Your Bible Again

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What are 4 things you can do to get you back to reading your Bible again? What things would you suggest?

 

Discipline Yourself to Schedule a Time

This sounds easy enough but when you have a set time to read your Bible and a special place to do it, then it might become a habit. I try to start my day off with prayer first and then I read some out of the New and then the Old Testament every single day…even if I don’t feel like it. It is so important that I must discipline myself to do it. We might not like taking medicine, brushing our teeth or getting proper exercise but we usually find time to do these things and as important as these things are, the Bible is the most important part of your day, along with prayer. Set a time and then determine to make that your prescribed daily Bible reading time and then take the time to do it. During the times you don’t feel like reading the Bible are exactly the times you need it the most.

Get a New Translation

I have several different translations. I love the King James but the New King James and the ESV is a bit easier to read. If you are reading in a translation that is easier to read you might read it more. Sometimes a new Bible can give you a renewed sense of the Word of God. I try to avoid paraphrased versions of the Bible because they’re too liberal, in my opinion, in rewording the original Scriptures.

Get a Study Bible

For me, I have two study Bibles that I really love; The MacArthur Study Bible and the Reformation Study Bible. These Bible’s editors have outstanding commentaries and they give me a little bit more background about the particular book I am reading. For me, my King James has margins that give me some of the original Greek and Hebrew words so that some words have much more meaning than those which were translated into English. The commentary is not inspired but they are insightful and often give me more information on verses that are more difficult to understand.

Get a Bible Dictionary or Encyclopedia

I have a Bible dictionary and a Bible encyclopedia and in these books you can look at the different books in the Bible to see where and when a particular book was written. You can find out where the author was at the time like in the Prison Epistles where Paul was imprisoned at the time. You can also find out more about the cities or churches to which some of these books were written. For example, if you read about Ephesus you’ll find out that this city was a city that worshipped Artemis, a goddess of the ancient world, a “mother earth” deity and when Paul tried to teach about the One, True God, this caused a riot because it was cutting into the business of the local merchants who sold little idols (Acts 19:23).

Conclusion

Maybe you have better ideas than these and if so, please add them in the comment section below. Reading the Bible can keep you out of sin but also sin can keep you out of the Bible but when we neglect reading the Bible we lose a valuable resource for knowing more about the mind of God and tapping into the Word as a source of power for living the Christian faith.

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Your Government Failed You by Richard A. Clarke




Clarke minces no words in his examination of the breadth and depth of the mediocrity, entropy, and collapse endemic in America’s national security programs. In order for the United States to stop its string of strategic mistakes, we first need to understand why they happen. Drawing on his thirty years in the White House, Pentagon, State Department, and intelligence community, Clarke gives us a privileged, if horrifying, look into the debacle of government policies, discovering patterns in the failures and offering ways to stop the cycle once and for all.

I was surprisingly enveloped by the writing of the book. Interestingly written, imaginatively captivating, and a very hard book to put down! This book truly holds the truism, “You can’t judge a book by its cover!” Clarke, without a doubt, came out punching with this work!!

“…there is a direct relationship between people’s security, health, prosperity, and happiness and the concerted practice of good government.” ~Richaerd A. Clarke

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf



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The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley



The Millionaire Mind targets a population of millionaires who have accumulated substantial wealth and live in ways that openly demonstrate their affluence. Exploring the ideas, beliefs, and behaviors that enabled these millionaires to build and maintain their fortunes, Dr. Stanley provides a fascinating look at who America’s financial elite are and how they got there. 

The book was an enjoyable read. I believe it added a new dimension to Napoleon Hill’s book, Think & Grow Rich. Well worth the time to read and put into practice, and possibly pass on the info to your children.

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The Real Face of Atheism Ravi Zacharias (Author)



Atheism is a world without God. Its true nature whether disguised in Eastern mysticism or American cynicism is despair. In this thought provoking and witty book, Ravi Zacharias provides Christians a clear apologetic for their faith. Formerly published as A Shattered Visage, The Real Face of Atheism systematically examines atheistic positions on human nature, the meaning of life, morality, the “First Cause,” death, and more. With a new introduction and revisions throughout, The Real Face of Atheism is the perfect text for pastors, students, and thinking laypeople who want to improve their apologetic skill and reach out to nonbelievers.

An easy & quick read at less than 200 pages. Very informative from a very interesting apologetic position, argumentatively speaking. A worthy read for all Christians!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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30 Days to Understanding the Bible by Max Anders

30 days bibleUnderstand the Bible in 30 Days includes all the features that made the original so popular—plus much more. Proven effective by over 200,000 readers, Understand the Bible in 30 Days introduces you to key Bible characters, places, and events in chronological order so that you can “think your way through” the entire Word of God. Through interesting, memory-enhancing exercises, Understand the Bible in 30 Days acquaints readers with the core teachings of Scripture in just 15 minutes a day!

I must admit, I found this book very helpful and crammed quite a bit of information into a short period of time. Well worth reading as part of a study, or helping others to study as part of a group, perhaps even for late child or early teen.  A great primer for studying the bible and learning the many aspects of it.

 

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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Business at the Speed of Thought: Using a Digital Nervous Systemby Bill Gates, Collins Hemingway 



Microsoft chairman and CEO Bill Gates discusses how technology can help run businesses better today and how it will transform the nature of business in the near future. Gates stresses the need for managers to view technology not as overhead but as a strategic asset, and offers detailed examples from Microsoft, GM, Dell, and many other successful companies. Companion Web site.

Keeping in mind this book was written in 1999. Looking back across time, it was quite prophetic, technologically speaking. I was, surprisingly, captivated by his forethought on technology and its increased role with respect to corporations & people and their individual lives.

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