Museum of the Bible Opens in Washington DC!!! (PHOTOS+VIDEO)

Photo Credit: Alan Karchmer

Hello World,

I don’t know about you, but the Bible is the foundation of my life! Without the wisdom woven through its words, I would be an anxious mess. Without the encouragement embedded through its expanse, I would be overcome with sadness. Without the direction doled out through its dimensions, I would be completely lost. That is why I’m been following the construction of the Museum of the Bible in our nation’s capital since I first heard about it a couple of years ago, and as of yesterday, just in time for the holiday season, it is open!!!

The Museum of the Bible invites all people to engage with the Bible through museum exhibits and scholarly pursuits. Dedicated to the history, narrative and impact of the Bible, the museum, located at 400 4th St. SW, is three blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Exterior rendering of the eight-story, 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible.
Photo credit: SmithGroupJJR

Below are some statistics about the museum:

Total square footage: 430,000

  • Floors: 8 (including two basement levels and two new floors constructed on the existing rooftop)
  • The museum is approximately 170 feet in height from the lowest level to the rooftop
  • Central exhibit floors: 3 (History, Narrative and Impact of the Bible)
  • Construction and property costs: More than $500 million
  • Workers on-site daily at construction’s peak: 500 – 600
  • Time it takes to read every placard, see every artifact and experience every activity in the museum: 9 days at 8 hours per day
  • Floor height (in feet) needed to accommodate exhibits: 20 (approximately)
  • Length (in feet) of giant LED ceiling screen running the expanse of the museum’s
    grand lobby: 140
  • Biblical garden: 1 on rooftop
  • Ballroom: Dinner seating for 420, lecture-style seating for 630
  • Performing arts hall: 472 seats
  • Number of biblical texts and artifacts on display on the History floor alone: More than 500
  • Number of blocks from the National Mall: 2 (approximately three minutes walking)

See a video tour of the museum:

Check out some highlights from some of the museum’s floors:

Floor 1: Overview – Courageous Pages Children’s Area

  • From the Pit to the Palace: This pedestal game uses a maze and a rolling ball to tell the story of Joseph, from his coat of many colors to his various imprisonments to his ascent as second-in-command of all Egypt.
  • Walking on Water: This is a mesmerizing illusion that uses high-end technology to project a watery surface in the middle of Courageous Pages. Kids marvel as they stand “atop” the water and inspect the animated marine life below them.
  • David and Goliath (game): This game puts players in the center of the action of this well-known story as they pitch soft “stones” at a mobile Goliath target.

Floor 2: Impact of the Bible – Bible in the World

  • Biblical Names: Guests see how thousands of names can trace their origins to the Bible.
  • Education: A schoolroom setting lets guests experience firsthand how the Bible has inspired educational efforts around the world. Media traces many biblically founded universities and colleges around the globe, and guests compete against each other in a Bible quiz.
  • Fashion: Mannequins on a runway feature biblically inspired designs. A “magic mirror” allows guests to design their own fashion.

Floor 3: Stories of the Bible – The World of Jesus of Nazareth

A completely immersive, themed environment called The World of Jesus of Nazareth transports guests to a meticulous re-creation of a first-century village.
Photo credit: Alan Karchmer

  • Parable Theater: This cozy standing theater offers guests filmed representations of some of the most arresting of Jesus’ parables.
  • Synagogue: Guests take in a jaw-dropping re-creation of a typical village house of worship
    and instruction.
  • Typical House and Cooking Courtyard: These two areas detail the private life of Nazareth villagers, allowing guests to walk through a typical village home and see how they slept, prepared meals and performed other daily chores.

Below are some photos from the grand opening:

U.S. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black
Photo Credit: Museum of the Bible

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser
Photo Credit: Museum of the Bible

Gospel artist CeCe Winans
Photo Credit: Museum of the Bible

We’ve got to go, right?!!!

To reserve FREE tickets, click on THIS LINK!!!

Also, you can WIN a FREE trip to D.C. to tour the Museum of the Bible!!! Click on THIS LINK!!! The sweepstakes runs through Nov. 30!

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Le’Andria Johnson Partners With Mid-South Ford Dealers on Ford Campaign, Featuring Her Song ‘All I Got’

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GRAMMY® and Stellar Award-winning artist Le’Andria Johnson is celebrating love, music, family and fans in a promotion this holiday season on a Ford Music campaign with Mid-South Ford Dealers.  Running now until December 31st, 2017, the campaign features the beloved vocal powerhouse in a new video sharing her journey in what inspires her to go further, highlighting her hit song “All I Got,” and an amazing sweepstakes promotion for fans in the region.  Empowering others with an uplifting message of love as a source of strength to go further, and highlighting the song’s chorus “Your Love is All I Got,” Le’Andria talks about her family, start in music, and fans, proclaiming love and gratitude to her fans and family for their bond and inspiration.

“All I Got” is Le’Andria’s latest single from her powerful album BIGGER THAN ME, with the song being a particularly special experience for Le’Andria during her recording of the album.  “All I Got” continues to make an impact among fans and on Urban AC radio, where the single is #26 on the latest MediaBase Urban AC chart.  Le’Andria also recently performed at the 2017 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas.

Check out Le’Andria’s message in this new video featuring “All I Got” below.

Click on THIS LINK to enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win signed merchandise from Le’Andria Johnson!

“All I Got” is Le’Andria’s latest single from her powerful album BIGGER THAN ME, with the song being a particularly special experience for Le’Andria during her recording of the album.  “All I Got” continues to make an impact among fans and on Urban AC radio, where the single is #26 on the latest MediaBase Urban AC chart.  Le’Andria also recently performed at the 2017 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas.

Any thoughts?

Remembering Annabelle Pomeroy: An Open Letter to First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs Pastor Frank Pomeroy & Sherri Pomeroy…

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Editor’s Note: Since I learned about the mass shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Texas, I’ve struggled about how to address this mass tragedy on this blog. What follows below is my attempt at addressing what is plainly an aberration from God’s perfect will for His people.  

Dear Pastor and Mrs. Frank Pomeroy,

A week ago, this very day, the simply unimaginable become a grotesque reality. Although 26 lives were taken (not lost because I believe those lives can be found in the bosom of Jesus), as a pastor’s daughter, I identify the most with Annabelle, your 14-year-old daughter. From various media reports, she loved your small, humble church and the people in it. Although the two of you adopted her, she was raised by the church, First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 

Although I am way past 14 (add 30 to that number), I remember what it was like to be a 14-year-old pastor daughter’s. Although I have two parents, my small church, Central Christian Church in southwest Atlanta, where I still attend, raised me too. As I grew up, I sometimes hated the extra scrutiny that came with being a pastor’s daughter, but I still reveled in the love lavished on me for that very reason. By the time I was 14, I had entered awkward phase where I wasn’t quite a little girl but not self-possessed enough to be a woman either. And I was teased because of it. My glasses were too big. I hadn’t discovered the most attractive hairstyle for my face yet. I was a bit fluffy. And I often couldn’t think of the cool things to say when more than one person was involved.

But all of that angst and self-consciousness melted away from the warmth of love and acceptance of church members as soon as I entered the church’s doors. The itty-bitty kids whom I towered over although I was short didn’t care that glasses covered my face, they could still see the love in my eyes as I picked them up and spun them in the air or tickled their round bellies. And when that didn’t work, Now & Laters or peppermints or anything sweet worked. The elderly people asked me how I was doing as they hugged me. Their hugs felt like worn soft blankets.  The adults my parents age took a personal interest in my development and gave me leads on new opportunities. One church member helped me to get my first paying job at 14 years old! And the kids my own age and bit older sometimes teased me too, but it was no more than the teasing you would expect in a normal family. When the world outside of the church’s doors depleted me, I could fill up on the love from my church family.

Below are some reflections I’ve come across about your daughter:

  • Annabelle, also known as Belle, loved attending her father’s church, so much so that family members said she would beg to sit in the front row — even when her parents weren’t there.  “Texas Church Shooting: Who Were the Victims of the Sutherland Springs Massacre?” nbcnews.com
  • “She had to give me my hugs,” Rod Green said Thursday. “She was totally sweet, innocent and sweet.” That vision sticks in the mind of Green, a Vietnam veteran who says he never expected to see the kind of carnage in this small town that he saw in Saigon during the Tet Offensive. “Killed in church shooting, pastor’s daughter was ‘totally sweet’” mysanantonio.com
  • “You couldn’t go to Sutherland Springs Baptist Church and not see her,” Debbie Marx said. “She was always helping the Sunday School teacher with the small children.” “Killed in church shooting, pastor’s daughter was ‘totally sweet’”mysanantonio.com.
  • “We will always remember that beautiful smile,” another person said. “These Are The Victims Of The Texas Church Shooting” buzzfeed.com

Now, as the last days of my parents’ ministry at Central Christian Church are being counted down (My father retires at the end of December.), I realize that my small church heritage is the biggest gift he could have ever given me. No material possession could ever match the spiritual riches invested me through the love of this small church. That is why at the head of this blog, I am pictured in the sanctuary of this small church. Everything I’ve become and hope to become can be traced back to what I learned there.  It is my foundation and my springboard. From what I’ve read about Annabelle, she felt the same way.

None of us will live forever in this realm and only God knows how much time we have here, but know that you could have given Annabelle nothing greater than the love she found within the doors of your small, humble church. I have nothing against megachurches or big churches, but there is something special about knowing everyone’s name, seeing them close enough to notice acne or the growth of a new gray hair and feeling compelled to go to everyone’s graduation, wedding and funeral. A beloved deacon that I’ve known since I was six years old passed away earlier this year, and I cannot think of him too long before tears congregate at the corners of my eyes. But I am comforted by the countless sweet memories I have of him from his large, soft hands to him telling me I looked pretty last October, the last time I remember seeing him in church before he came ill. 

I pray that your memories and the memories of members of First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs of your precious Annabelle rush to your mind even as you grieve her loss. I’ve read that the church building will function as a memorial site today and this week rather than a site for church services. May all who enter the doors be surrounded by God’s love that overflowed there Sunday after Sunday despite the damage the devil inflicted there last Sunday…

With All of My Heart,

A Pastor’s Daughter

The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs website has links to legitimate GoFundMe campaigns that have been created to support the families of the victims. One of those campaigns is the Sutherland Springs “Annabelle” Fund.  If you can donate, please do so.

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