“Perhaps, indeed, that is what “holy scripture” really is — not a calm, serene list of truths to be learned or commands to be obeyed, but a jagged book that forces you to grow up in your thinking as you grapple with it.” — NT Wright, Paul: A Biography My life has been one ofContinue reading “Holy Scripture — a beautiful description by NT Wright”
I use digital and print combinations of the Bible. I appreciate both and I simply love having a physical Bible (or several). Recently I was flipping through my physical Bible looking up a passage and stopped on a couple of notes I had made in Lamentations not that long ago (2018). I was thankful IContinue reading “The notes in my Bible”
“Reading Scripture is like hosting a divine visitor. Patristic reflections on Abraham’s welcome of the three visitors by the oak of Mamre remind us that when we interpret the Scriptures, we are in the position of Abraham: we are called to show hospitality to God as he graciously comes to us through the pages ofContinue reading “The divine visitor”
I am challenged to read through the Gospel of Mark with more intentionality. This is an invitation from the Spirit. I am now in Mark 9 and have come to a realization that I am back to my default approach to reading Scripture.
I am re-reading Eugene Peterson’s As Kingfishers Catch Fire. He helps me to reimagine the work of preaching. He reminds me that we have done a fine job of taking apart a text historically, grammatically, and textually. We’ve also done a poor job learning from the text.
If you will profit by reading Scripture, read humbly, simply, and faithfully, and never desire to gain by your reading the name of the learned. Ask gladly and heed humbly the saying of saints, and do not disdain the parables of the ancient Fathers, for they were not spoken without great cause. — Thomas A’Continue reading “Reading Holy Scripture”
At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time. (Matt. 24:23-25, NIV)
I like wide margin Bibles because I like to take my own notes. There isn’t a wide enough margin for me to adequately do that over the years, of course, so I am thankful for digital Bibles as well. They allow me to keep expanding notes over time.
I am tired. Weary. The news… social media… all around I am confronted with how we are behaving as Americans… as Christians… I am tired. Weary.
Do you have particular passages of Scripture where you read them over and over, or come to them regularly on a reading schedule, and you are reminded of when God spoke to you in that passage? There are a few passages that are radically life-changing for me. They are passages where in that holy moment somethingContinue reading “Living in the FRESH word of God”