BibleStick Unboxing

January 5, 2010

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The BibleStick from Faith Comes By Hearing I recently won (on Twitter of all places) showed up on my door step today so I thought I’d take a minute or two to show it off.

First things: The BibleStick is a dedicated digital audio player that comes pre-loaded with the entire New Testament in audio. I received the ESV audio version but apparently it also comes in an NIV, KJV, and Kids flavor as well.

Set up out of the box, as expected, was simple and the whole process was much more enjoyable because I didn’t have to fumble around the house trying to find the single AAA battery needed to fire it up. Battery is included. The sound quality of the supplied earbuds is surprisingly good. Paradoxically, the most complex part of the set up was associated with the L and R markings on the earbuds – are they designed for left or right handed people? It must make a difference otherwise they would not have been labeled. If I mistakenly put them in backwards would the audio play backwards? Finally I through caution to the wind and popped one in each ear  (which, incidentally, is much more comfortable than sticking both of them in one ear—not recommended) and powered the player on.

The player is small, only slightly larger than a thumb drive or a pack of gum but it has a solid feel. Time will tell, but my initial reaction is that it will endure my innate clumsiness and likely last longer than some of the cell phones, two laptops, and one very small kitten that had the misfortune of falling into (I should say out of) my hands. The volume up/down and next/previous track controls as well as the on/off button are well designed and have a pleasant tactile feel.

As I mentioned earlier the sound quality is good but really the most important part of the entire shabang is the fidelity of the audio to the Bible. In this respect, the BibleStick is excellent. The background sounds, great voice talent, and first class production quality is as good as any available commercial product in my opinion.  Given this and the mission of the Faith Comes By Hearing ministry, I will definitely pick up more BibleSticks in the future as gifts and giveaways and have no hesitation recommending it to others as well.

By the way, turns out that reversing the earbuds doesn’t cause the audio to run backwards after all.

Enjoy!

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Reformed Rap

November 14, 2009

More theology in this 4.5 minute video than is preached in an hour form the pulpits of many churches today.


Just For Fun

July 20, 2009

(HT: Wretched Radio)


The Lord Crosses Every Boundary Including Our Own Weakness

January 2, 2009

Kathryn Scott Quote:

I love that the Lord crosses every boundary of race and culture, language and background. He truly is Lord of the whole earth – and He loves the whole church!

I love that He invites us into the most glorious partnership with Him too – that we get to minister to people, even from the place of deep awareness of our own weakness, and yet, in the power that the Holy Spirit brings!

(Kathryn Scott)


The Wondrous Cross

January 1, 2009

 

One of the greatest hymns of the church, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, was written by Isaac Watts and published in Hymns and Spiritual Songs in 1707. So great are the words of this hymn that Charles Wesley, who authored at least two thousand hymns himself, reportedly said he would give up all his other hymns to have written this one.

Kathryn Scott’s 2007 arrangement of this song (300 years after it was first penned by Isaac Watts!) is perhaps the most beautiful and moving I have ever heard. It seems appropriate to not only begin 2009 surveying that wondrous cross but to spend it in service to the Prince of Glory who hugn upon it.

 

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.