How Are There So Many Different Interpretations?

2 + 2 = 4 This, a formulaic approach to things, is how we like the world to work. There is no way that anyone could look at the equation and decide that the answer is 5, or 3, or 100. The answer to the question “What is two plus two?” will always be four. No questions. So why is it then that when two people sit down and read the same passage from the scriptures, they can come away with such rad…

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Transformed through Study

Perhaps, it is that unplanned moment that best describes the true spiritual discipline of study. It is the heart inclined toward God saying: "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." (Brad Dudley, 3, “The Spiritual Discipline of Study”) For many the idea of study conjures up unpleasant and boring things like slo…

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Gracious

One of my favorite lines from the theater comes from The Man of La Mancha. In the play, Don Quijote has this habit of treating people better than some think they deserve to be treated. One of those people is Aldonza, a woman who’s been roughed up by life and become rather coarse and cynical along the way. Don Quijote, though, sees her as his fair lady Dulcinea, and he shows her all the honor and d…

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Restless Hearts Transformed By Prayer

Last week’s post explored our need to be transformed by God’s love, and the ways in which spiritual disciplines are avenues that lead to this transformation. For the next several weeks we will delve into several specific disciplines. Today: the spiritual discipline of prayer. Consider something that Frederick Buechner wrote: We all pray whether we think of it as praying or not. The odd silence we fal…

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Where Did the Bible Come From?

I have a black leather bound Bible that I purchased at the Family Christian Book Store, and it goes with me everywhere I go. It’s in my messenger bag when I go to work. It’s in my backpack when I’m at school. It waits for me every morning at my kitchen table for my morning readings (more on this later). For as much as I am a tech geek, I never got next to reading my Bible on a screen. For some reaso…

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