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Quotes about the Bible March 20, 2017

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God is not the Bible. To make the Bible into God is idolatrous. The Bible is God’s communication—in the form of words—with us. We can trot out here all the important words about the Bible—inspiration, revelation, truth, etc.—and they deserve to be. But those are not enough. Behind all of these words is the astounding claim we Christians make: the Bible is God’s communication with us in the form of wordsScott McKnight

The Bible does provide norms for life. This is all true, but several problems arise with using the Bible principally as a kind of “rule book” for life. First, large chunks of Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments have a relatively small proportion of imperatives or commands. Much of Scripture seems to be descriptive rather than obviously prescriptive. Much of Scripture doesn’t tell us to do anything at all, particularly the historically oriented booksMichael Emlett

 

More advent reflections on Joseph December 14, 2013

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Thrown into this prison cell
Through no fault of my own
Honouring my master
Yet from him no mercy shown
What can I do? what’s next for me?
The answers yet unknown.

It’s possible to languish
In this dark and painful place
Or try and make it bearable
And provide for hope a space

The seeds of promise have been sown
Helping others in their pain
Alas sorrows continue
And still in solitude I remain

Driving on and moving forward, Where is God in this?
Have I been long forgotten and are my cries a silent wish?

Longing and waiting, for there must be better days
But they are hidden from us, they are God’s mysterious ways.

Help me from my prison cell, dear God that is my desire
Rekindle the dying embers
Make a spark, a roaring fire.
There’s more than this, there’s more to see, tell me God what you require