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If you have enjoyed Pastor Steve’s blogs or the articles in this website, you might enjoy the stories and insights on Scripture in the book Anawim: A Biblical Theology Told In Stories.
This book is free– which means without any cost, for those who have been following advertisements for too long. You can read it on the blog of the same name: Anawim
This book is telling the story of the poor in the Bible… but instead of doing so through dry, dusty, professorial theology, this book proposes to tell the radical truths of poverty through stories. It is meant not only to challenge, but to entertain. Let me know how that goes, okay?
The only catch is this: it’s a blog. So you read it backwards. Not the words backwards, but the book’s sections begin at the bottom and you have to read each post directly above that. It’s tricky that way. Eventually, the whole thing will be published and you can read it joyfully from left to right. In the mean time, it’s from the bottom to the top. Heh, kinda like the poor in the Bible, huh? That works!
Or you can just read it from the middle. That’ll work too. The blog format gives you SO MUCH FREEDOM!
You don’t get to read the end, though. It’s not published yet. In fact, less than half the book is, at this date. So you’ll have to keep tuned in to the blog to get the latest section. How Dickensian!
I hope you like it. If you do, tell your friends. Link to a favorite post on FB. If enough people like it, who knows? We might actually see it in a direct-to-paperback format. I’d love that. Pulp fiction, by Steve Kimes. Nice.
In case you’ve forgotten that I posted a link above, here’s another one.
Jesus and his disciples traveled through a village and a woman named Martha offered them hospitality. Martha’s sister Mary didn’t help Martha at all, but instead sat at Jesus feet as he taught his disciples, listening. Martha, of course, was busy with all the preparations one must make to host thirteen people.
Martha came up to Jesus and said, “Lord, why have you let my sister leave me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to get off her butt and help me.”
Jesus answered, shaking his head, “Martha, Martha. You fret and worry about so many things. Only one thing is really necessary and Mary has chosen the better part. This will never be taken from her.”
(Paraphrase of Luke 10:38-42)
It is amazing how much time I spend worrying about the mundane. As the head of a church for the homeless, I want to make sure that I have enough food for everyone, and to make sure that we have enough money to pay the rent and the bills. And I want to make sure that there’s enough toilet paper and groceries for the house… and on and on. Half my life is spend being concerned on whether there is “enough” to go around.
Jesus tells me clearly that I should stop focusing on if I have “enough.” There are bigger fish to fry. Just like Jesus told Martha “You are concerned about many things, but Mary has chosen the better part.” The better part isn’t doctrine, and Jesus is not rejecting service or hospitality.
The point is this: Jesus wants me to spend more time with Him and less time on fretting. I need to do what I can do and let the rest go. And if I stop fretting, perhaps I can spend more time in prayer and let the world turn without me tonight.