As you continue to think Biblical interpretation as turning the gem of scripture over and over to look at every possible face, here is a list of Bible study resources that you might find helpful. there are many more than I include in this brief list. And please note that some resources are great while others are not. Bible Translations It is always a good idea to start by reading passages of scripture in multiple English translations. this helps you to see a passage from several different angles just by the differences......
After talking about Biblical Interpretation this past Sunday, I want to offer you some practical tools to use in your Bible study than can aid in your interpretation of scripture. To begin, I want to return to the image I used on Sunday about studying and interpreting scripture. Scripture should be studied as though it were a precious gem. When you look at a gem, the light refracts off of every face of the gem. And every gem has many, many faces. So, as you study it, you turn it around and......
Truth. Sometimes it demands the reason and logic of a physics. And sometimes it demands the artistry and aesthetic of a poet. Sometimes truth comes from a mathematician and sometimes it comes from a musician. Sometimes truth is discovered by a method and sometimes its discovered by a mystic. None of these are at odds…even though we often set them at odds. What’s true is that there is something more going on with truth than we realize. There is something more going on than these false dichotomies can describe. That something more......
Remember the Centurion that asked Jesus to heal his slave? He built a synagogue for the Jewish people in his community, but considered himself unworthy to have Jesus in his home. Look closer at Jesus’ response. Jesus judges the Centurion, but not in the way you might think! The ONLY judgment Jesus placed on the centurion was that he is worthy and faithful. The centurion did not believe himself worthy to have Jesus come to his home. But, Jesus saw his faithfulness and did find him worthy. Even though the centurion didn’t......
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matt 7:7) Brothers and sisters, I am afraid that when the world hears those words and comes knocking on the doors of the faith – of Christianity, of the church -to find out just what Jesus has to offer, the church closes the doors that God has promised shall be opened. And in so doing, we are fighting against the will of God. We are disobeying. We are standing in......
Sunday’s message is right here, just in case you missed it! Read or listen to Following Fish. And here’s an except from the sermon: After the resurrection, Jesus found the disciples once again fishing for fish…even though Jesus had called them to fish for people. So, Jesus appears and asks Peter three times: Do you love me? Three times Peter says, “Yes!” And three times Jesus responds to Peter with a call from words to action. Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. Jesus asks Peter and He asks us: Will you......
Sunday’s message is right here, just in case you missed it! Un-busy: Balance Next Steps from Sunday’s Message Reflect: What did you hear differently today about “timing” from today’s sermon? How does the context of Ecclesiastes change or shape your reading of the Ecclesiastes 3 passage? Reflect: What is your understanding of “the breath of God”? How can the “breath of God” breathe into your daily routine and sense of balance? Practice: Take time to read Ecclesiastes 3 again. What is something new that stands out to you? Write it down. Reflect......
Last year about this time, we kicked of a series called Freeway and encouraged everyone to participate in a small group during the series. We had great feedback from folks about small groups. In fact, one of our new small groups kept meeting all year long! Many of you have been asking about joining an ongoing small group. So, here we go! This Sunday, September 9 at 6:00 pm, Pastor Joanie and I are hosting a small group kickoff gathering at Hood. Anyone and everyone is invited. Maybe you already are part......
The Harnett County Partnership for Children (HCPC) recently approached our church with an immediate need for space to host its Ready to Grow Play Group in the Dunn area. We had to make a quick decision with little time to spread the word within our church family. So, this week we are thrilled to share the news that the HCPC is now leasing space on our third floor and this amazing new ministry is now happening on our church campus! Ready To Grow Playgroups are free and provide fun opportunities for children to......
You and I are dirt creatures. Scripture describes us as dirt sculptures made alive by the spirit of God. The Lord God formed the human from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the human became a living being. (Genesis 2:7) It’s not all that different from frosty the snowman. You know, you build a human form from snow, you give it facial features, and then something magical animates good old frosty! In the snowman’s case, it was an old silk hat. In our......