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Matthew 16:24-26

24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

The industrious, illustrious Mike O’Connor has outdone himself. Not only is he producing a wonderful new monthly Letterpress magazine online, but he has also created a domain to make it easily accessible:

The February Galley Gab is out! Articles include a great story about Jim Daggs’ introduction to letterpress as a hobby at age 12. Daggs is the owner of Ackley Publishing, a commercial printing house with several employees. Mike Anderson’s article on typeface design is a concise introduction into “how it’s done”.

Mike publishes The Galley Gab for the APA, but welcomes and encourages readers from all over. Check it out, and do let Mike know what you think!

UPDATE March 3 2008: There’s a new URL for viewing Galley Gab archives. Please see this post to learn more: 

Diana, Sharla, and friends are hosting a common scripture reading of the book of Proverbs during February. They are inviting all interested to join in – even people like me who don’t know them yet! – so do enjoy the readings, and chime in on Diana’s blog if you like! 🙂

Some of my thoughts on today’s reading of Proverbs 2:

God speaks to us through His Word, and through the action of the Holy Spirit, He leads us into understanding.

But this is never as divination or magic: the whole bible comes together rationally. Here, in Proverbs, is a focus on wisdom as the key: if we seek wisdom, THEN we will gain understanding and knowledge; once God gives us wisdom, THEN we’ll understand what rightness and justice really are.

There’s that algebra again: we can’t really understand until we learn – and we can’t learn unless we study, and study requires being willing to receive wisdom from those who do know that yes, algebra does indeed exist, and does indeed produce correct answers – no matter how bizarre the formula may seem.

There’s no gnosticism here, no “secrets for the few”: the promises of God, through Jesus Christ, are open to all people. All we have to do is want that, is to seek Him. What marvelous, yet commonplace qualities God promises those who seek His wisdom: discretion, integrity, understanding, the ability to recognize an honest man, and not be deceived by slick messaging. The confidence of wisdom that we follow wise counsel for a good life, and not fall prey to the siren call of trendiness and novelty.

John 10: 11-16

11 [Jesus said:] I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.