Tag: Bible


14
Aug 2019
Tools for Interpretation: Resources

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......

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12
Aug 2019
Tools for Interpretation: Ask & Imagine

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......

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05
Aug 2019
The Bible: Something More

Ancient words ever true Changing me, and changing you. We have come with open hearts Oh let the ancient words impart. –Michael W. Smith Reflect & Practice: Spend 10 minutes each day this week reading from a different book in the Bible. With each reading ask yourself: Are these words poetry or prose? Are they directions from a manual or symbols from a metaphor? Are they literal or figurative? How does your answer to these questions affect the meaning of the passage? Reflect: It’s easy to say the Bible is God’s Word.......

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14
May 2019
Mothers and the Church, part 3

Today we share a story of another beloved mother at Hood Memorial. We can learn from the stories of mothers along our faith journey. These are women and mothers in our church family who helped shape the faith of their own children or others around them. As a part of our 130th year of ministry in Dunn, we have collected stories and memories of women whose legacy and influence of faith continues through the ministry and work of our church family.  We wanted to share these stories with our church family in......

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02
Apr 2019
What is the Bible? Small Group Study

You probably know folks who talk about how important and central and inspired the Bible is, but then butcher it with their stilted literalism and stifling interpretations. They assume the Bible says one thing and if you just get that one thing, then you’ve read it well. But the bible is a collection of stories that have endured thousands of years not because they mean one thing but because they contain many layers of meaning. In fact, the Bible is a library of stories about  loss and anger and transcendence and worry and......

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09
Aug 2018
Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene.  She is probably one of the more well-known characters from the New Testament.  However, I wonder how of her popularity is due to her appearances in the gospel stories and how much of her popularity is contributed to artwork and ideas and fictional stories that have appeared over the course of the last few centuries. On Sunday, we return to the Biblical accounts of Mary Magdalene. So in preparation for Sunday, get your wheels spinning.  Think about Mary Magdalene. Reflect on what you really know about her. Who is she? ......

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