Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

"In the Bible" Quiz

Sometimes as Christians we feel like we know the Bible extremely well. However, it is amazing how often cultural sayings and aphorisms get mixed up in our mind with the word of God. Below are fifteen sayings, only five of which are Bible quotations. See if you can find the correct five. The Bible quotations are from the NASB version so that the correct answers won't be obvious from the "thees" and "thous" of the KJV. (Answers are below the quiz. No cheating!)

A. This too shall pass

B. Spare the rod, spoil the child

C. A man is justified by works and not by faith alone

D. God helps those who help themselves

E. The Lord moves in mysterious ways

F. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever

G. Baptism now saves you

H. Let him drink and forget his poverty and remember his trouble no more

I. Money is the root of all evil

J. The lion shall lie down with the lamb.

K. May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine

L. Rejoice when a man dies and weep when a child is born

M. Give me neither poverty nor riches

N. Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

O. The woman took the apple and ate; and she gave also to her husband and he ate.


A. Not in the Bible.
B. Not in the Bible. The Bible actually says: "He who withholds his rod hates his son" Prov. 13:24
C. Quote from James 2:24
D. Not in the Bible
E. Not in the Bible. This one is from a hymn by William Cowper.
F. Not in the Bible. This is from the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
G. Quote from 1 Peter 3:21
H. Quote from Proverbs 31:7
I. Not in the Bible. The Bible actually says: "For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil" 1 Timothy 6:10
J. Not in the Bible. Isaiah 11:6 actually has the wolf and the lamb hanging out. The lion is with the calf.
K. Quote from Song of Solomon 1:2
L. Not in the Bible. This is a Buddhist saying.
M. Quote from Proverbs 30:8
N. Not in the Bible. This is a quote from Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
O. Not in the Bible. The Bible never says it was an apple.