Update and Books

It has been about six months since my last post, which is probably the longest I have ever gone. Life has been a little off the past few month, so we haven’t done a podcast, nor have I written anything. So, we sat down and did a quick update, which you can listen to below.

I’m pretty behind on my books. I think I only read about 20 this year and I’ve only reviewed one or so of them. Hopefully, I’ll post more regularly next year and get back on track with the podcast.

Studying The Bible: Study Bibles Modern Cloister

In this episode, we discuss Study Bibles, including their importance and history, the different types and focuses, and recommendations for what to look for and consider when getting a new one. This is the 2nd episode in our series on studying the Bible. Listen to the 1st here –> Studying The Bible: Translations. For expanded notes on this topic, check out Kevin's blog post On Study Bibles. ** If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our other series via the links below and listen to our introductory episode (Welcome to the Modern Cloister) to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast. A History of Christian Community The Decline of Community The Future of Community The Impact of COVID-19 on Community A Guide to Understanding the Psalms How To Use The Psalms Praise and Thanksgiving In The Psalms Lament and Confession In The Psalms Confidence and Remembrance In The Psalms Wisdom and Kingship In The Psalms Remember to rate, review and subscribe to be the first to get our newest episodes! And connect with us to share your thoughts and feedback at moderncloister@gmail.com. 
  1. Studying The Bible: Study Bibles
  2. Studying The Bible: Translations
  3. An Update From Us + Our Favorite Books of 2021
  4. Wisdom and Kingship In The Psalms
  5. Confidence and Remembrance In The Psalms

I’m still here

The last time I posed on this site was back on Good Friday, which was actually a pre-made post, so not sure that even counts. I’ve taken an official hiatus for quite some time, for a number of reasons. One has to do with the pointlessness of this blog, and my struggles as to whether I want to keep trying to have content. It cost money to run this site, not much, but I often wonder if it is worth it. In pure numbers, it probably has been, as the number of free books I’ve received, taken at full price, is more than the costs of hosting. However, either the novelty has worn off or the quality of what is offered has declined/I’ve become more discerning.

That said, my book reviews are by far and away my most popular posts (with the exception of the times I’ve hosted the Biblical Studies Carnival). I would like to posts more original content. I’ve dabbled in politics (my least popular), some counseling thoughts (as I enrolled and subsequently dropped out of a master’s program through Westminster), and some Bible Study/Theological writings.

It is the later category that I would like to have more of, but is also the most time intensive. My life has become a little busier recently, with my new(ish) job and  a greater involvement with my church. This summer has been pretty booked, I witnessed the birth of my two sons, and recently have gone through the loss of both my granddads.

Anyway, all that to say, I should have a book review post up next Monday, with two others in the hopper. I’ll also have a few more thoughts on commentaries and Study Bibles, as well as some notes on Mark. Finally, I will likely, though it has been difficult, have some thoughts/stories regarding my sons and granddads.

I was unexpectedly encouraged the other day as I hit and then went over the 100 follower mark, though how few I actually have that still actively follow is unknown. So, I will attempt to keep going for at least another year. Thanks for playing along.