Archive for the 'Bible Thoughts' Category

Shavuot

June 2nd, 2008

“Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival to me.” (Ex 23:14) The first is the “Feast of Unleavened Bread,” the Third is the “Feast of Ingathering.” This Sunday begins the middle celebration, which our English Bibles call, “The Feast of Weeks (Shavuot).”
One of the central features of the ‘Feast of […]

Loving My Bible Group

December 5th, 2007

This morning I was struck by how much I simultaneously love and need my bible reading groups. I love the bible and enjoy reading it, but I know that I am much less likely to read in a given week if I am not in a bible group.
I love how these bible groups are […]

Paul’s Call

August 6th, 2007

While reading Acts today I came across this passage where Paul is recounting what Jesus has commanded him (Paul) to do.
“…I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. So that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a […]

The Ironically Named “Higher Criticism”

March 24th, 2007

Living and leading a church in the shadow of the University of Glasgow, I have felt challenged by divinity students of the university and a professor who attends Re:Hope to research ‘higher criticism’ and ‘biblical authorship’, especially with the first 5 books of the bible. The Universities in Glasgow are teaching the same as Harvard, […]

Reading for What?

September 9th, 2006

Abraham Heschel says in his book, God In Search of Man, that while the Greeks studied to comprehend, and western thinkers study to apply their knowledge in a practical way, the ancient Hebrews studied to revere God.
I guess that begs the question do I stumble into moments of reverence and awe, overwhelmed by the amazingness […]

Moses’ Question

August 2nd, 2006

I was reading Exodus this week and this one thing in Chapter 33 just jumped off the page.
Moses is talking to God and he says, “What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
He was talking about “God’s Presence.”
May ‘God’s Presence’ once again distinguish me […]

My Prayer For You.

June 27th, 2006

“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfil every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, […]

Whatever seems good

June 11th, 2006

As I type this I am sitting outside of our church building. I am keenly aware of the fact that tomorrow I am flying away from Glasgow for almost 6 weeks, during which the church building we meet in is coming up for sale. It is one of those moments where I have to […]

Merle d’ Aubigne.

June 3rd, 2006

 
“As we advance through the centuries, light and life begin to decrease in the Church. Why? Because the torch of the Scripture begins to grow dim and because the deceitful light of human authorities begins to replace it.” — Merle d’ Aubigne. (1794-1872)
Who will stand up in our generation to lead people to both love […]

The Biblicists are missing…does anyone care?

May 1st, 2006

Why is there so much Christian resistance to reading the Bible? Why do I find it extremely rare to find church leaders who enjoy the bible? Pastors who read it even when they don’t have to prepare to teach it? Why is it I no longer expect to meet a pastor who loves the word?
The […]