June 5th, 2016

Current Reading Tag

1. How many books do you usually read at once? I usually read ten books at a time.

2. If you're reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch to reading the other book (do you read a certain amount of pages in each?) I read my Christian books in the morning and my non-Christian books in the afternoons/evening. I read different books throughout the day-Christian books, novels, essays, history, short stories etc. . .

3. Do you ever switch bookmarks while you're part way through a book? no

4. Where do you keep the book you're currently reading? I keep my Christian books in my main study on my desk and I keep in our living room on a coffee table the non-Christian books that I am currently reading.

5. What time of day do you spend the most time reading? I read all day long into the night. A couple of months ago I stopped watching TV at night and now I read during the evening hours. I usually read till 11 o'clock PM sometimes past Midnight.

6. How long do you typically read for in one go? I read all day long but I do take breaks to write in my diary and in my online diaries (eat food, mess with our main computer, when my wife is up do stuff with her like grocery shopping, fed the birds, sit in silence pondering etc. . . ) I can read several hours at a time. I am able to block out everything when I am reading. I like to read when the house is silent and my wife is sleeping (my wife is a night nurse and sleeps during the day).

7. Do you read hard covers with the dust jacket on or off? I read my the dust covers on if the book has a dust cover.

8. Which position do you mainly use to read? I usually read sitting at my desk or sitting in our dining room. I sometimes sit in a reading chair in our living room. Sometimes I will take a book to read in bed. Sometimes I read down in the lower level of our home where we have our main library.

9. Do you take the book you're currently reading with you everywhere you go? I always take with me in my saddle bag a camera and a book.

10. How often do you update your progress in the book you're currently reading on goodreads? I have not updated my reading progress in goodreads in a very long time.

11. Who would you like to tag? I tag anyone who watches these videos.
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a flat zero

Comments Bryce Gassner

Bryce Gassner
I know you've said that you been through seminary before. I was wondering: did you learn any Greek, Hebrew, or Latin?

Jonny Keen
I recall you or someone asking me this question lately-I can't seem to remember who or what video-I wrote a long answer to the Question when I was in seminary did I learn any Greek, Hebrew, or Latin? No I did not learn any New Testament Greek or Old Testament Hebrew. I never took Latin in High School, College or Seminary. To be honest I hardly American English. I am always tongue tied. I know very few words and find myself often speechless or coming off foolish. I wish I could locate the answer to this question because it was a beauty of a answer. I did try to learn NT Greek in Bible College but failed. I did hire a fellow to teach me NT Greek but he said i was hopeless. I also tried to learn NT Greek in seminary but could not do it or OT Hebrew. If one can not learn New Testament Greek it is impossible to learn Old Testament Hebrew. The main problem I discovered in taking classes in biblical languages is that I do not know anything about English Grammar. I do not know what a sentence is or a verb on and on it goes. I am not a learned man. I have read a lot over the years but when it comes to actual practical knowledge I come up a flat zero. I am always amazed I graduated from High School, College and Seminary. I am suppose to be an educated man, but in reality I know nothing but God and the Bible.

So no I never learned NT Greek or OT Hebrew-I have a Master's Divinity Diploma and not a Master's of Divinity Degree-I should ADD that due to not taking Greek or Hebrew in seminary I built my library to be an Exegetical Library-plus while in seminary I took every NT elective and OT elective-also every Systematic Theology elective-it always amazes me that I went to college for four years and seminary for three and half year-then a two year internship in a Presbyterian church and then it all came to an end-meaning I never got a call from a church to be an ordained minister-before I retired 10 years ago I was a farm laborer/hauled unloaded eggs off farm trucks-well thanks for stopping by peace.

Life Story entry
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pick apples

It is 2:25 PM Sunday afternoon in the death flow. It has been a normal day for me thus far. Existence keeps flowing by.

Outside this afternoon is wet and gray. A good day to pick apples.

I got up this morning around 7:05 AM. I got up and drank coffee made last night. I had toasted frozen waffles for breakfast. I ate my plastic waffles messing with our main computer. After messing with our main computer I wrote in my paper diary. Carol got home from work around 9 o'clock AM and went to bed around 10:05 AM.

I have done nothing today but write in my paper diary, messed with our main computer and read my books. I thought about going down into the lower level and taking a nap, but resisted the urge. I sleep better if I do not take a nap during the afternoon.

This afternoon I have been reading, "White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World" essays by Geoff Dyer.

Well I suppose I will close to drift.

a painting by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
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