Authors Alistair Roberts and Andrew Wilson believe that reading Scripture is like taking in a symphony. Every note is important and contributes to the whole piece, and there is a common tune—the exodus—that recurs throughout the Scriptures for those who have ears to hear.
When we have a fuller understanding of the themes of Scripture, we find ourselves swept into the stories themselves, being transformed by the words of God to live out those stories in our own lives.
As with anything, just because something is hard or difficult doesn’t mean that we should stop doing it. In fact, sometimes we need to keep on doing the hard or difficult things because it helps us grow. There are times, though, when we face the realization that we can’t do something without help.
In leadership, but also in the whole of life, follow the pattern of the psalmist: seek the good with a heart of praise. Like the king, live in and live out the Word. Like the shepherd, lead with humility and service. In your service, God is glorified, and we are given a gracious and priceless gift. Whatever that crown of glory may look like, it will never fade.
In my own context of Christianization and capital punishment, the argument must be discussed not only at the level of policy, but at the level of Scripture.
Try reading the passages with the view that Jesus not only became an archetype himself, but was demonstrating what abundant life and a right relationship with God could look like.
To thirst for God, to seek after His teachings and long for His presence, is to adopt the posture of the psalmist in Psalm 119.
Daily Scripture Texts Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18 Luke 17:1-4 Jeremiah 28:1-4 My spell-checker does not like the word “lectionary.” (My spell-checker also does not like the word spellings I fall back on because I learned them in the British Commonwealth…extra “u’s,” eh! And that reminds me that today is Canada Day! Today is the 150th anniversary of the passage of the …
When we worship, we tell God’s story back to Him. We sing and declare praises of who God is and what He has done.
How can you let the Bible read you today, rather than merely the other way around?
The Protestant reformers’ almost frenetic attention to THE Word has left a powerful legacy. This power lies not in a onetime, long gone Reformation, but an ongoing process of continual reassessment and development of new biblical criticisms, new ways of reading the texts.
One emerging field of Reformation studies in particular focuses on the manner in which various Reformers made use of the popular media of the time, as a means of communicating their message to the masses.
The Reformation remains relevant to the twenty-first century Church because it is a persistent call to continuous, Spirit-led change through the Word.
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.