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Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 | 1 comment

Yes, But How Should I Read?: Lectio Divina, the Holy Spirit, and the Written Word

Yes, But How Should I Read?: Lectio Divina, the Holy Spirit, and the Written Word

While we have had many discussions up to this point on the authority of Scripture, we have not had one on how to read the authoritative text. I hope this post will be a catalyst for dialogue on the many ways one can, and should, read the Bible. Today I am going to write about lectio divina: the divine reading. The first recorded use of lectio divina was in a letter from Origen (185-254) to Gregory, and it has been an important part of the way the church understands scripture since then. Lectio divina consists of four stages— lectio, meditatio, oratio, and contemplatio. The remainder of this post will go into brief detail of each step and conclude by highlighting why this way of reading is important. Before entering into lectio divina, one must prepare themselves by asking the Holy Spirit to attend to them in their reading. To read the scripture without first seeking the Holy Spirit is to cut yourself off from the helper who brings the peace...

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Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 | 2 comments

Why do we trust the Bible?

Why do we trust the Bible?

Rachel recently wrote a great post on how we give authority to the Bible. Here I want to examine some of the issues around  why we do so. Traditionally, Evangelicals have made the Bible the basis of all their theological beliefs. The final call, the ultimate standard for whether to believe something is whether “the Bible says so.” Even when something seems nonsensical, absurd, or just enormously unlikely — if the Bible says it, we are committed to believing it. This enormous weight of authority placed on the text of Scripture can only be forgotten in a context in which everyone takes it for granted. But if we regularly encounter people who do not share this attitude, we cannot ignore or avoid the question: why do we trust what the Bible says? Nobody is born “believing the Bible.” Something or someone has led us to this belief, which begins by its appeal to something innate to who we are. Was I swept away by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit...

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