The newest book in my reading stack looks to be the perfect chaser to Peter Enns' The Bible Tells Me So. Check out this sample from Scripture and the Authority of God by N.T. Wright: "…the phrase [authority of scripture] is invoked when something is proposed or done in the church to which others object: 'You can't do... Continue Reading →
Sola scriptura Latin for "by scripture alone." Refers to the belief that the Bible is the supreme authority in all matters of doctrine and practice.
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing... Continue Reading →
Twenty-seven years ago today was my mother's funeral. Simply put, I thought I was going to die, too. But I had a little one of my own that needed her mother, so I kept getting up and going on. Some days, that was the extent of it. But as time moved on, I discovered that I... Continue Reading →
Apocrypha Biblical and related writings outside of the traditionally accepted canon.
This past Sunday morning, I experienced one of the best sermons I’ve ever heard. I know that sounds trite and hyperbolic, but seriously – this one moved me. While listening to our minister’s powerful exegesis of the second chapter of Galatians, my brain made a connection to a book I’m currently reading: Simply Christian by... Continue Reading →
I look at the rising sun and feel that now upon me falls the responsibility of seeing what all my ancestors have seen…praising God before me. Whether or not they praised him then, for themselves, they must praise him now in me. When the sun rises, each one of us is summoned by the living... Continue Reading →
As I was finishing The Bible Tells Me So, one of the most moving parts I read was Peter Enns’s description of the unfathomable size of the universe: The known universe is 13.7 billion years old. Traveling at the speed of light, it would take about 100 billion years to get from one end of... Continue Reading →
Hermeneutics The study of the methods of interpreting Biblical text so that we may understand and apply scripture.
"You can forgive someone almost anything. But you cannot tolerate everything...We don't have to tolerate what people do just because we forgive them for doing it. Forgiving heals us personally. To tolerate everything only hurts us all in the long run." Lewis B. Smedes
O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly: Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in thy light... Continue Reading →