Thursday, February 23, 2012

Build your knowledge of Scripture in a prayerful, calm, skillful, and mature way. Then you can read with head and heart and Spirit working as one, and not just a search for quick answers. (Richard Rohr)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Bible

"Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3:16).

Saying that scripture is "inspired by God" is the recognition that God chooses to use scripture to inspire us. It is acknowledging that reading the scriptures has become a particular way of allowing the Spirit of God to engage with us.

The Christian Bible has a special place in my life because I am inspired by the stories of those who met the Spirit of God long before me. This does not mean that their words are infallible or without error. Rather when I search for truth in the Bible, I am able to look beyond the human limitations of those who wrote its many books. Instead I discover in the Bible the truths of those who experienced a relationship with God - and their reflections on this encounter. I can learn from then as I discern God at work in my own life.

 And I am grateful.