Man reading scripture is tough. I recently watched a documentary For the Bible Tells Me So which addressed the difficulty around interpretation of scriptures dealing with homosexuality. Today I read an article discussing the incredibly difficult task of determining what the Bible means when it talks about hell. And then I was challenged on something I thought was an interpretive slam dunk when I learned “abba” may be mistranslated when it is used as “daddy”.
August 4, 2011 4 Comments
In the last week I have had a the same conversation with several different people about scripture. Because it is on my mind, and because it is on other’s minds too; I thought I would post my latest tool for scriptural interpretation and see what you think. Hopefully you can help sharpen my imagery and add the depth of your experience. [Read more →]
October 1, 2010 No Comments
My newest conviction: We are Christ in the world. As quoted from a sermon I heard this morning, “The whole point of scripture and faith is an invitation to engage.” Be Christ. Love the world. Engage.
December 10, 2009 No Comments
Today we are writing our final papers for a class focused on the Pastoral Epistles of the New Testament: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus.
These texts are rather controversial; their authorship is debated, they contain some pretty harsh stuff about women, and they represent a shift in the New Testament from the early Church who believed that Christ would return in their lifetime to a church who began to set up hierarchy. This shift started the desire to figure out how to be a religion for the long run in a society which wasn’t really for them…. [Read more →]
December 8, 2009 No Comments
Often in my faith life themes arise and connect unrelated events in revealing ways. Currently this is happening over the revelation of scripture. This term has been one of dealing with and confronting difficult scripture and revitalizing the way I understand and approach the Bible as a whole. And in each discovery I grow more intriqued by my faith tradition and at how poorly we sometimes use such a rich scripture…. [Read more →]
November 20, 2009 2 Comments
This is a sermon that I used in class. To much going on to write a real blog post, but I think you’ll like this. Let me know what you think.
The scripture is Revelation 1:5-6
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
November 18, 2009 4 Comments
I had a great experience today at the monthly gathering of a confirmation class I co-teach. In trying to teach the narrative of the Hebrew Bible in one four-hour Saturday morning gathering, we decided to focus on telling the story of the People of Israel through the lens of their relationship with God and understanding of the closeness and presence of God in every part of their life. We ran through the story, from Creation and Noah to the Ancestral Period, from the Judges to the divided Kingdom, exile and building of the 2nd Temple, acting out the parts and moving about the room. We worked through the Ancient Israel understanding of God by looking at the Hebrew names of God and viewing artwork ascribed to that name. It was an interactive and amazing lesson, but without the worship service that we participated in first, I don’t think it would have connected in such a deeply personal way………. [Read more →]
November 7, 2009 1 Comment