Weekly Photography Challenge July 10

Wide angle was this week’s photography challenge.

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Weekly Photography Challenge July 3

This week’s challenge was weather.


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Fish Head

My wife and I found the head of a fish on the beach.

Fish Head 1

Fish Head 2

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Weekly Photography Challenge June 19

This week’s challenge was texture. I took this photo at the beach of my wife’s foot.


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Weekly Photography Challenge June 12, 2010

Well, I wasn’t quite able to keep up with the Project 365. So instead I decided to do the Digital Photography School’s Weekly Photography Challenge. Each week they send out a new challenge. This photo was from the action challenge. I captured a photo of waves crashing into rocks at the beach on Palm Beach Island.

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Themed Bibles

I don’t know about you but I hate themed bibles! I think these bibles only accomplish three things: 1) distort scripture by emphasizing one part over another; 2) saturate the reader in one writer’s viewpoint; and 3) confuse the reader about what is really God’s Word and what is merely the writer’s thoughts.

If you want to see how far themed bibles have gone take a look at this list:

  • Holy Bible: Stock Car Racing Edition For fans of stock car racing, this Bible is a must-have. It features commentary and testimonies from some of racing’s most famous names, as well as full-color action photos of some of racing’s most famous faces.
  • The Green Bible The Green Bible will equip and encourage people to see God’s vision for creation and help them engage in the work of healing and sustaining it. With over 1,000 references to the earth in the Bible, compared to 490 references to heaven and 530 references to love, the Bible carries a powerful message for the earth.
  • The American Patriot’s Bible: The Word of God and the Shaping of America The story of the United States is wonderfully woven into the teachings of the Bible and includes a beautiful full-color family record section, memorable images from our nation’s history and hundreds of enlightening articles which complement the New King James Version Bible text.
  • The Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible The Bible contains over one thousand predictions of future events. Many of these have already been fulfilled in special detail.  The Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible covers both aspects of prophecy and eschatology.
  • Power for Life Bible The Crystal Cathedral Ministry is recognized internationally for a Bible-based positive theology.
  • Boy’s Bible: The Ultimate Manual Gross!: Gross facts and gory facts in the Bible.
  • Faithgirlz! Bible Every girl wants to know she’s totally unique and special. This Bible says that with Faithgirlz!™ sparkle! Now girls can grow closer to God as they discover the journey of a lifetime, in their language, for their world.
  • The Poverty and Justice Bible God cares passionately about poverty and justice. So much so, that poverty is mentioned more than 2,000 times in the Bible. The Poverty and Justice Bible highlights a full sweep of biblical justice and features a 56-page guide for personal and group study. Everywhere you go in this book, God’s love for the poor and desire for justice leap out at you.

(All the descriptions were taken from the web site that is selling or advertising these bibles.)

While I think these bibles are worthless, I am not against a quality study bible, for example the NIV Study Bible or the Life Application Study Bible. These bibles are designed for studying the whole Bible and the notes are compiled by a large team of scholars. That way you are not getting only one person’s narrow view and looking at the whole Bible only through one lens. So what do you think: Are themed bibles the way to go? Do you prefer a solid study bible? Or is it better to stick with a solid bible translation, a bible dictionary, and a good commentary?


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Up, Up, and Oy Vey!

Up, Up, and Oy Vey!

Up, Up, and Oy Vey!

It may not be true in all cases, but it’s a pretty good rule of thumb. If the word “man” appears at the end of someone’s name you can draw one of two conclusions: A) They’re Jewish, as in Goldman, Feldman, or Lipman; or B) They’re a superhero, as in Superman, Batman, or Spider-Man. – Zeddy Lawrence, television writer, Dream Team (pg. 15)

Up, Up, and Oy Vey! How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero by Simcha Weinstein was a very unique book. Weinstein set out to show the connection that exists between Jewish history and traditions with the creation and development of comic book superheros. Weinstein demonstrates in the book how many of the creators of the first superheros were Jewish. He shows how they consciously and unconsciously drew upon Jewish history, tradition, scripture, religion, the Talmud, and Kabalism.

The book covers the following:

  • Superman – integrity
  • Batman and the Spirit – justice
  • Captain America – patriotism
  • Justice League – teamwork
  • Fantastic Four – family values
  • Hulk – anger
  • Spider-Man – responsibility and redemption
  • X-Men – anti-Semitism and reconciliation (pg. 17)

A couple of examples are:

The author draws parallels between Superman and Moses.

For example, Superman’s journey closely reflects the story of Moses. Like the people of Krypton who faced annihilation, the Jews of biblical Egypt faced the murder of all their male offspring. To ensure her son’s survival, Jochebed places Moses in a reed basket and sets him afloat on the Nile. Her desperate decision is clearly echoed by Superman’s father, Jor-El, who launches the little rocket ship containing his son into outer space.

Moses and Superman are eventually discovered and raised in foreign cultures. Baby Moses is found by Basya, the daughter of Pharaoh, and raised in the royal palace. Superman is found by Jonathan and Martha Kent in a midwestern cornfield and given the name Clark. From the onset, both Basya and the Kents realize that these foundling boys are extraordinary. (pg. 26)

The Hulk and the Golem is interesting also.

A Jewish alter ego of the Hulk can be found in the Golem, Judaism’s own monster-hero. Frankenstein author Mary Shelley was inspired by the Jewish legend to invent her famous monster, who, like the Hulk and the Golem, is the result of hubristic man-made engineering. While many superheroes bear a superficial resemblance to the Golem, the Hulk truly personifies this mythical being; he is a powerful if extremely unpredictable protector, the result of an experiment gone horribly wrong. (pg. 86)

In the conclusion, Weinstein draws out four spiritual lessons from comic book superheroes:

  1. In the end, good will prevail.
  2. Average people have mights potential.
  3. It is never too late.
  4. You can run, but you cannot hide – from yourself. (pg. 124-126)


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