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Thoughtful Thursday: How we Read Matters

Essay, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Theology
Who wrote the Gospel of John (in Christian scripture)? Read the text and answer the question. From 1:1 to 21:26 (beginning to end, alpha to omega!), there is no definition of the authorship of the Gospel of John. And yet we assume because someone put a label on the book, that this "John the Evangelist" wrote the Gospel. Hmm. How we read matters! Titles, verse numbers, chapter numbers, all these things came later. From a social standpoint, society's of the gospel writer's time (and earlier) did not have the same ideas about ownership and authorship that we have today. Today, it is super important that MY idea is written in MY hand and attributed to ME. Then, if the general idea was generated by a lowly person like me, but who was a follower of a particular person-like Isaiah, then the au...

Thoughtful Thursday: Have we ruined the Bible?

Essay, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Theology
A Guest Post from Mike Skinner at Cataclysmic. Reprinted with permission. ... At the beginning of each year I have my students read Chapter 3 (“Inkblots and Puzzles”) of Scot McKnight’s The Blue Parakeet.  Without fail, the following quote provokes an interesting dialogue: “When publishers provide a Bible where the only divisions are chapters and verses, as if each verse were a new paragraph, reading the Bible as a story is much more difficult.  Take your favorite novel or book, photocopy a page, cut out each sentence, number each sentence, and then paste them back onto a page with each number beginning at the left margin, and you’ll see the problem.  It’s much harder to read a book that way.  One has to wonder what got into the head of the publishers who started doing this.  It’s a co...

Thoughtful Thursday: I Have a Dream

Essay, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Theology
August 28th is the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Some questions to ponder while you read this excerpt: Where has this dream gone unrealized? Where are we separate and not walking together? Where are we not free? Where have we failed to bring people together? Where have we driven people apart? From Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state o...