Happy New Year!!! Throughout the month, I will be posting on New Year themes because I allot a month to converse with God, mediate on Scripture and reflect on my life before I’m ready to declare my God-given New Year’s goals and or resolutions. One of the ways that God communicates with me is through gospel music! And if that is true for you too and or even if you just enjoy gospel music, tune into ABC’s “Good Morning America” tomorrow at 7 am! Grammy Award-winner Tasha Cobbs Leonard will be performing songs from her third album HEART. PASSION. PURSUIT. Check out a snippet below of Tasha Cobb Leonard’s song “The Name of Our God!”
It’s Thanksgiving Eve! And tomorrow, you will be surrounded by your family and food. Despite all of the revelry and reunion, if you are a single lady in particular, somebody from your grandmother to your play cousin is going to ask you what’s going in the man department. You can hear it now:
THEM: So Mariah, congratulations on that promotion! You big ballin’ now. And sorry, I couldn’t make it to your housewarming party because I had to work, but you know my gift card is in the mail. But what’s going in the man department? When you gon bring someone home for Thanksgiving?
YOU: (Insert eye roll) (Insert inner dialogue: Isn’t being competent at work and being able to buy own home enough to not get me interrogated about my man status ever year without fail?) I have a friend, but it’s not serious.
THEM: Well, time waits for no one. You better get on it! I’ve been praying for you. One day, God is going to bless you with a husband…
If the thought of going through that interrogation yet again is enough to make you stay at home for Thanksgiving, check out Sean Buffington’s Instagram ad! It’s not too late to book a boo — provided that he is not already booked up! Chile, he is even willing to quote scripture and speak in tongues!!! And his rates are low! LOL Check it out below!
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
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