As the Ethiopian eunuch replied when Philip asked if he understood the portions from Isaiah he was reading, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” Such guides include pastors and teachers and spiritual mentors of many kinds, but especially for those of us living in a time and place radically separated from the culture and languages of the Bible, such guides must also include biblical scholars.
In doing the work that we do, we seek to ensure that the dignity of mothers, children, men, women, the elderly, and the young is respected. God has provided us with a world of plenty, making the injustice of hunger so much more egregious.
If Christians are to live out their lives before the face of God, where should they look for guiding principles in how to conduct agriculture?
Sometimes our Reformation emphasis on putting the Bible in hands of everyone leads to the false conclusion that the Bible requires no interpretation.
The best thing we can do to prepare to read and hear the biblical story is to exercise our imagination.
I have become more solidly convinced over time that a huge reason why we don’t read our Bibles more isn’t because we are afraid it isn’t true but because are terrified that it really is.