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.::The Author is There

Posted in church, disciplines, spiritual disciplines, Theology, what matters with tags , , , , , on September 15, 2009 by Walter

“The Author of the Bible is always present with his Book. This is not true of any other book in the world. Most authors are dead; and we sometimes regret that we cannot speak to them. But this Author for ever lives, and is for ever present; and, therefore, while we read his written word it is as natural as life sometimes to speak to him on certain subjects as they occur. “Truly, then, our communion is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

–Alexander Campbell, Millennial Harbinger Vol. III no. 1, 1839

This is from Alexander Campbell, one of the founders of the Stone-Campbell Movement as he writes on Reading Scripture.  I think he taps into something that we overlook far too often when we read scripture–that God is ALWAYS there when we read scripture.  In my Spiritual Disciplines class (and many times in church as well), it seems that at time when we open the text, there is the pall that overcomes the class and a sense of apathy that overcomes us.  Many times when we read scripture we approach it as a chore, boring, or irrelevant.  I also believe that our access to scripture through multiple Bibles, translations, formats, gives us a familiarity with the Bible that lessens our view of it and, as a result, we take it for granted.

We make it work FOR us–instead of letting it work IN us.

I love how Campbell reminds us about WHY scripture is special in that the Author (God) is ALWAYS present in its reading.  Every time we open the Word, God IS there.

  • What if we possessed a perspective that WHEN we read scripture that God IS present?
  • How might that change our perspective on Scripture?
  • What kind of REVERENCE might we bring to the text?
  • How might God’s Holy Presence CHANGE us?
  • What kind of challenges might our souls be confronted with?
  • How REFRESHING might our scripture reading become?
  • How much BIGGER might God become with a perspective like this?
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.::Alone

Posted in disciplines, Life, spiritual disciplines, Theology with tags , , , , on February 9, 2009 by Walter

aloneIn yesterday’s sermon, Lee Camp referenced the following quote from Bonhoeffer:

When you are alone in your sin, then you are truly alone.”

I believe that is one of the reasons *silence* frightens us.

It is in silence that we have to listen…listen to our souls.

It is in slience that we hear and see vividly how we don’t measure up to God…and then are confronted with our sin.

This sin alienates, separates and convicts.  And we don’t like that.

We like !NOISE!  Noise that distracts.  Noise that allows us to ignore the TRUTH residing in our souls.  Noise that causes us to procrastinate the self-reflection and meditation that margin in our lives so deeply desires.

Being alone in one’s sin is not necessarily a bad thing.  Perhaps, that aloneness is what truly gives us the motivation to actually DO something about that sin, or better yet, let God do something with that sin in the *silence*

So in invite  you to be *silent* . . . right now . . . go ahead . . . you can do it