a B c

So there will be an emphasis on the ABC’s of the faith this year: Attend whenever you can, Read the Bible Richly, Connect to Christ.  As part of the B the sermon focus from Advent to Easter will be on the Gospel of John.  I did preach John about a decade ago, but this time it will be with a different approach.  We will encourage each other to read, deeply and richly, the Gospel.  As I work out the schedule for the church, it will be posted here.

In the Catholic Tradition it is called “Lectio Divina”, or Divine Reading.  Being rather “low church” here, we will simply call it spiritual reading, or reading richly.  The idea is that we need to not just cast our eyes over the text, or to simply think about it.  We need to enter its story, smell its smells, imagine it’s events, carry around the teaching and chew on it like a dog chews on its bone.  What is more is that bible reading is a personal act – we read the book with the company of the Holy Spirit who walks with us through the text.



2 thoughts on “a B c

  1. Hi Dave, this is very interesting. Which in a weird way connects to what I read In a recent reading of a new translation, new to me anyway. The NET Bible, I was reading through the Book of Revelation and I discovered an interesting translation of verse 3 in chapter 1 of Revelation. It read, “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy ALOUD, and blessed are those who hear and obey the things written in it, because the time is near!” I have never seen this! To read the words ALOUD! As in out loud!? Amazing, which to me leads to a two things. The books of the Bible to be read aloud as in a congregation setting and possible aloud in your own private readings? Hmmmmm…………………. What do you think Dave?

    • the books were originally written to churches for public reading as part of the worship. so read out loud is the idea based on that context. I also think that Rev was written to he heard more than analyzed.

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