Which Translation Should I Use?

There are many who would say that there are no interpretations to be made in the Scripture. “Just read the words on the page, and do what they say” is a saying that typically accompanies this mindset. But what many don’t realize is that we’ve made an interpretation even before we’ve opened our Bibles. We made it at the bookstore when we picked out our favorite translation. Wikipedia (source of all knowl…

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Faith and Magic

The Harry Potter novels, and other stories of their kind, have been hugely popular for lots of reasons: they’re well written, the characters are engaging, the plots are compelling, and they invite people into all sorts of fantasies and adventures. And not least, in the center of it all is the perennial appeal of magic. Magic is fascinating because it has to do with power and control. Harry and h…

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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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