Five for Friday: What Happened to the Bible?, Office Fidgeting, Burned by Bake-Off

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CHICAGO, IL (September 16, 2016) — Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by the Covenant of any views expressed.

The Great British Break-Up

A major move by the “The Great British Bake Off”—the show that makes you believe British food might not only be edible, but even scrumptious—is now leaving a bad taste in the mouth of the hosts. They have declared its latest recipe for success—a move away from the BBC—to be a disaster.

From the article: “Now, a show built on gluttony is ultimately being threatened by greed.”

No More Changes to ESV—Ever

I’m glad that’s settled.

esvFrom the article: “In making these final changes, the Crossway board of directors and the translation oversight committee thus affirm that their highest responsibility is to ‘guard the deposit entrusted to you’ (1 Tim. 6:20)—to guard and preserve the very words of God as translated in the ESV Bible.”

Veteran Religion Reporter Looks for the Bible in Public Life

Maybe the Crossway decision won’t matter to everyone. A leading religion reporter traveled around the country to learn how the Bible is being used. He says that while it still may be a bestseller, the book is largely unread.

From the article: “One thing we miss in this is the potential to enlarge our minds and hearts and spirits. I think the Bible is the springboard to opening all kinds of ideas, thoughts, beliefs about what our life is about. And I think without it, it narrows our perspective and gives us a much more truncated view of what the possibilities are.”

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Toy for Fidgety Workers Raises Millions of Dollars on Kickstarter

So apparently if a pastor looks out at the congregation and sees people using these, he or she can rest assured that the attendees are really paying attention.

From the article: “The cube is a little like a baby toy, but for adult office workers (perhaps they should make a chewable version next?). And the overwhelming response to it indicates that there are thousands of underserved fidgeters out there who were apparently just waiting for the right product to feed their compulsion.”

An Up-Close Look at Refugee Rescues on the Mediterranean

A National Geographic photographer spent 15 hours with a German boat crew of 15 volunteers who give up their vacation time to intercept rafts loaded with Africans making the perilous journey from Libya to Italy. So far this year, about 270,000 migrants have traveled to Europe by sea. Nearly 3,200 have died on the way.

From the article: “(Mission leader Ingo) Werth was quick to play down the idea that his plucky team was doing anything heroic. ‘It’s a very normal crew, very normal people,’ he said. ‘Nobody of us is a hero. We just do our job, and the job we want to do in our holidays or our time off—to support people who are not so lucky, like we are.’ ”

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Stan Friedman

Stan Friedman is the news and online editor for the Covenant Companion and is grateful for the opportunity to serve in a job that combines his newspaper and pastoral ministry experience. He has been to 15 Bruce Springsteen concerts in four cities and listened to “Thunder Road” an average of at least once a day for 41 years.

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