16 October, 2019
Written by Matt Dabbs
I love reading books about how to read the Bible. I guess I love that because I love meta-cognition, thinking about how we think about things. There are so many treasures in the scriptures and, as Bobby Valentine has written in the last two articles, the closer we come to understand things about their world the better we will understand the Bible!
Here are my favorite books on how to read the Big Book!
The Journey from Texts to Translations: The Origin and Development of the Bible by Paul D. Wegner – If you are going…
Understanding Distance #2: How Geography and Politics Shed Light on Rendering to Caesar “Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and […]
Love First: Ending Hate Before It’s Too Late By Don McLaughlin “Perfect love casts out fear.” We learn early that some people seem to get the idea of love better than others. I’m not suggesting that I have met anyone who is perfect at loving God, themselves, or others, but it does seem some are very committed to perfecting the way they love. They seem to […]
Coming within Understanding Distance Alexander Campbell is one of the primary movers in the American Restoration Movement. This movement was primarily an effort to find ways of unifying the fragmented church. But Campbell believed the best way of accomplishing this goal was to facilitate better, not just more, reading of the Bible. To that end, Campbell devoted considerable energy […]
Taking God Out of Context I am sure you have had the experience. You say something that someone else twists all around to mean something you never intended. Depending on the severity of it all, you can feel pretty violated by such a flagrant act! God has had that experience as well. Millions and millions of times more than we […]
On Fieldwork in Ministry: Tools for Understanding our Contexts Principal Cook, of the West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey, had a problem. Some students resisted when security officers tried to check their bags. While one might assume they resisted because they were carrying drugs or a weapon, when Principal Cook started asking questions, he found that some students couldn’t afford to wash […]
October’s Theme – Context Steve desperately wanted to know God’s will for his life. So he determined that God would guide him to the appropriate passage of scripture. He opened his Bible to a random page, put his finger on a verse and read Matthew 27:4, “Then Judas went and hanged himself.” Frustrated, he tried again…flipping over a few […]