finding conversations about the Bible and about God

Did you find this blog post as one of the WordPress tags? Or because you follow this blog on Or something else?

If you’d be so kind to add a comment and let me know how you got here, that would help me figure out how to better tag and present mu blog posts on the Bible or whatever topic.

There are so many ways to find content these days beyond the search engine. Different apps and websites call it Explore or Discover. I can’t count them all. I know lots of people are spending lots of time on Facebook, but that doesn’t necessarily means there are not people here browsing for content on

Following WordPress Tags

Today I was intrigued by the tags and how you can click on popular tags or follow specific ones in your WordPress reader. This link to Bible shows you the most recent posts tagged with the Bible tag. Or, in the Bible category. Yes, tags and categories are almost interchangeable in the wordpress system.

Bible tag

Blogging my conversations with God

Started a blog at a couple months ago. Yes, that is a real domain name, a real web address, pretty neat, eh?

I’m discovering that by using my own words in talking with God, that, this has helped me to be more engaged in prayer. And that’s a good thing. I’m finding that it’s boosted my spiritual life to converge prayer and writing and talking. Along the way, this has furthered a discovery of my prayer language.

If prayer can be thought of as having a conversation with God, then it should be okay to talk with God in my own words the way I talk and think and feel. After all, a number of people are doing that with the Bible, paraphrasing it and publishing new Bible versions to make the Bible more understandable. Surely, making prayer more understandable to the person that is praying can only be helpful.

Read more about the origins of this experimental project that is running for 30 weeks, join it already in progress. And follow along there at


Museum of the Bible: Tips for Visitors

My family enjoyed a great visit to Museum of the Bible during its first week of opening in Washington DC, on Black Friday 2017 at that. Having had a great first visit, and it’s estimated to take at least 9 days to see everything in the museum, I shared these 7 Tips for Visiting the Museum of the Bible @ I hope to visit again soon, but that’s going to be quite a haul, since I live out here in Orange County, California.


Like the Bible itself, the museum has stirred up many debates and discussions, encouraging believers and enraging critics. You can easily find them doing a search on Google News. There’s been mixed reviews from across the spectrum of all persuasions, so that’s a good indicator that the museum curators have put together something engaging for all.

The museum hasn’t gotten a ton of chatter on the blogosphere yet, but the museum has been getting over 10,000 visitors every day so far, from what I’ve overheard. I personally think that if the museum gets the chatter about the Bible going again, hopefully with civil discussions, that can be a good thing.

I haven’t decided how much I should be tracking the discussions about the museum, though a part of me is very curious to see how people will respond and react in the weeks and months to come. Something to keep an eye on, for sure. And, maybe it’ll have a big wave of visitors during this Christmas season too. They even read the Bible at Disneyland as part of a Christmas celebration during 2 nights of the year. Maybe that’ll get a mention in a future exhibit at the museum.


What about Flipping the 40-Minute Sermon

Read this parenthetical comment about reinventing the sermon and Christian education at that —

“Im quite surprised, actually, that a Christian entrepreneur hasn’t invented a sort of Khan Academy for Bible teaching, with free videos explaining complex biblical concepts in 5-7 minute tutorials.”

via Flipping the 40-Minute Sermon | Her.meneutics |

And I think there have been Christian efforts at making shorter form videos with Bible teaching, but not in 5-7 segments, and not with the viral popularity of Khan Academy. Free Bible teaching is scattered all over the web, just not one place that’s stellar and winning over the masses. Methinks.

Reviews: What the Critics Say about The Bible Mini-Series

What the critics are saying about The Bible series that premiered 3/3/13 on The History Channel:

Geoff Tunnicliffe , Guest Contributor for The Christian Post, wrote in Review: ‘The Bible’ – This Time, Hollywood Got It Right

 I guess I must have seen most of the Hollywood-made movies and TV shows about the Bible or characters from the Bible. While many of them have a nostalgic feel for me, I must admit that the majority was pretty high on my “cringe factor” scale.

… For someone that has read and taught the Bible for most of his life, I had a remarkable spiritual and emotional experience. The theme of God’s love and hope for all humanity is the thread that holds the entire series together. I received a fresh new perspective on many of the famous Bible stories…

Neil Genzlinger in The New York Times, “God’s Word, the Greatly Abridged Version” (3/1) —

Mr. Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey, gave themselves a chance to tackle the ultimate make-me-believe-it challenge when they decided to produce “The Bible,” a 10-hour dramatization that begins on Sunday on History. Instead of embracing this challenge, they ducked it, serving up a rickety, often cheesy spectacle that is calculated to play well to a certain segment of the already enlisted choir but risks being ignored or scorned in other quarters.

… The mini-series certainly seems unlikely to be much of a recruitment tool for Christianity, putting the emphasis on moments of suffering rather than messages of joy, and not just when it comes time for the Crucifixion.

… The result is a mini-series full of emoting that does not register emotionally, a tableau of great biblical moments that doesn’t convey why they’re great. Those looking for something that makes them feel the power of the Bible would do better to find a good production of “Godspell” or “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Guest blogger Lisa Suhay at Christian Science Monitor’s Modern Parenthood section, raises parental caution in The Bible miniseries: History Channel’s take on the Bible not for kids —

The Bible miniseries produced by the History Channel is a disappointment for any family hoping for a new way to share the Bible’s stories with their children. The Bible miniseries, not altogether surprising given the History Channel’s relentless ratings focus, sensationalizes the Bible’s stories. Angel ninjas? Really?

…  if you’re looking for lessons and emotional content this is a wash. It’s more of a highlights reel of the Bible. It covers the same shopworn scenes traditionally seen on television, adding nothing to the mix but more blood on the sands of time.

Allison Keene wrote in The Hollywood Reporter, The Bible: TV Review —

 … Although an intertitle before things kick off informs views that this adaptation means to be faithful to the “spirit” of the book, what actually follows is a confusing — and very abridged — mishmash of the historical, the holy and the honeyed.

… Perhaps the strangest thing about this adaptation of The Bible is how slow and tedious it can be. The miniseries does its best work when it gets away from the most familiar stories — Moses, the exodus, Jesus’ crucifixion — and focuses on the kings (David, Saul, Solomon) and Daniel, whose stories are less well chronicled.

… The Bible never seems to figure out how to present itself. It spends a lot of time in the New Testament (at least, in the Gospels), which is already very well-worn territory on TV and in film. Sometimes it stays true to scripture but then does things like adds angels with ninja skills to spice things up.

… Unfortunately, The Bible is fractious and overwrought. Others are sure to pick apart the deviations from the sacred text, but that’s just the beginning of the miniseries’ issues. In the end, this is the most well-known and popular book in the history of humanity for a reason: It’s exciting and interesting and full of hope. The Bible is unfortunately none of these.

Glenn Garvin wrote for The Miami Herald, Reviews of ‘The Bible,’ ‘Red Widow’ and ‘Vikings’ —

The Bible, on the other hand, doesn’t amount to much more than a further piece of evidence that drama and reverence don’t mix well.

… With the pace of a music video, the characterizations of a comic book and the political-correctness quotient of a Berkeley vegetarian commune — laughably, the destruction of Sodom is depicted without the faintest hint of the sexual peccadillo that takes its name from the city — this production makes Cecil B. DeMille look like a sober theologian.

Jane Kellogg does a good round of critics’ reviews for Hollywood Reporter in History’s ‘The Bible’: What The Critics Are Saying.

Alan Rudnick noted: Best part of ‘The Bible’ was on social media

“The Bible” was good. I enjoyed it. I had low expectations. … For “The Bible” didn’t do, it did achieve something notable. Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook were afire with comments.

when and where to watch The Bible mini-series on History and Lifetime

The Bible 10-hour mini-series premiered March 3rd, 2013, on The History Channel 8:00pm ET/PT & 7:00pm CT. It will also be shown during its 5 weeks run on Monday nights on Lifetime (8:00pm ET/PT & 7:00pm CT), and again on Wednesday nights on the History channel 9:00pm ET/PT & 8:00pm CT)

According to, show times are Sundays 8-10pm Eastern and Pacific – 7-9pm Central – 6-8pm Mountain

official website:

The Bible project advisors include:

Rick Warren – Pastor, Saddleback, Erwin McManus – Pastor, Mosaic, Jim Daly – Focus on the Family, Sam Rodriguez – National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Paul Eshleman – Campus Crusade for Christ, Bobby Gruenewald – YouVersion Bible, Brad Lomenick – Catalyst, Leith Anderson – National Association of Evangelicals, Frank Wright – National Religious Broadcasters, Tom Peterson – Catholics Come Home, Geoff Tunnicliffe – World Evangelical Alliance, Gabe Lyons – Q, Luis Palau, George Wood – Assemblies of God, Craig Groeschel – Life Church, Denny Rydberg – Young Life, Andrew Benton – Pepperdine University

and, text to 313131 the word “Bible” to get updates by cell phone

[p.s. unfortunately, it was hard to find definitive info about showtimes, so I created this blog post to make it more search engine friendly]

new version of Bible without the word Christ

Here’s a very different approach to the Bible.. translating the Bible in a whole new way, dropping antiquated terms via CNN