A child fingerpainting (from here)
A child fingerpainting (from here)

Am I just finger painting in my walk with the Messiah Jesus? is a wonderful post by Michael Wilson that uses a verse taken from The Message to make the point that we cannot stand still as Christians. We must strive to grow and become mature disciples of Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 6:1

So come on, let’s leave the preschool finger painting exercises on the Messiah and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ.

When I read ‘s post, I enjoyed it, but my skepticism is ingrained. The Message is the Bible in the words of Pastor Eugene H. Peterson. Because Peterson’s goal was to make the Bible understandable, we cannot accurately call The Message a translation of the Bible. In fact, it is a bit of a stretch to call The Message a paraphrasing of the Bible. Hence, The Message has its critics (see here and here for examples).

The Message reminds me of those times I have heard a speech and wished the guy giving it had said something different, what I would have said.  So when I read a verse or passage from The Message, I always find myself comparing it with a literal translation (Here is an example.).

As a practical matter, I consider The Message a good Bible commentary, but I don’t consider it to be a translation of Bible. I will concede The Message generally sticks close to the original meaning in the text, but in our effort to grow as Christians, we should use The Message to help us understand a literal translation (see Hebrews 6:1-8). We should try to avoid using The Message and translations that paraphrase the Bible in the original language as crutches to avoid reading a literal translation.

Should we try to read the Bible in the original language? I wish I could, but few of us have the time to make that sort of effort. Perfect is not the enemy of good.

Anyway, on to a bit of amusement. What first struck me about Peterson’s version of Hebrews 6:1 is that I did not think the writer of Hebrews could have known anything about finger painting. After a little research, however, I am not sure. Apparently, Prehistoric Children Finger-Painted on Cave Walls.

In addition, Peterson wisely used the adjective “preschool,” that is, “preschool finger painting exercises.” What an expert can do with finger paint is really quite remarkable => This Artist Only Uses Her Fingers to Paint and the Results are Amazing.


Here is an article that considers the possibility of an asteroid hitting the earth.

You may have heard about an asteroid in the news this week that has a 1 in 625 chance of hitting Earth on Feb. 5, 2040. So, will this asteroid, named 2011 AG5, really hit our planet? The quick answer is, probably not. But astronomers will need more observations of this asteroid to say one way or the other for sure.

“Because of the extreme rarity of an impact by a near-Earth asteroid of this size, I fully expect we will be able to significantly reduce or rule out entirely any impact probability for the foreseeable future,” said Donald Yeomans, head of the Near-Earth Object Observations Program at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (continued here)

Do we need a space program? No. Although I think we need a military space capability, but I do not think we need a civilian space program operated by the government. Socialism does not work any better in space than in works on the ground.

Just the same, we do need to protect ourselves from the possibility of an asteroid hitting the earth, and obviously government will have to do something. The question is: what?

Perhaps our government should periodically awards prizes to the individuals and companies that help to design a solution for the problem. Then, when it becomes necessary, our government can hire a contractor to do something about a threatening asteroid. As it is, it is only a matter of time before an asteroid does hit the earth, and there is not much we could do about it.

Fortunately, the asteroid due to arrive in our vicinity in 2040 is not especially big. It would create a mess, but the damage would be local, not global. So we could just have people move out of the way. Unfortunately, if a really big asteroid hits the earth, we have no where to go.


Don’t know how true the story is, but it sounds good.

Best Christmas Lights Display

This is cool, it looks like the house is jumping.

As the story goes, the guy that owns this house lives north of Cincinnati, Ohio (Mason, Ohio). Police were constantly being called for traffic jams and accidents in the neighborhood so they asked him to shut it down during certain hours. Instead he started charging by car load to pay off-duty police to be there. The guy is supposedly a real computer GEEK, and in my opinion, also a great decorator! So click on the link below and enjoy!

Here is another version of the story.