I’m no fan of N. T. Wright’s “new perspective on Paul” stuff, but his new book about the centrality of the Psalms for Christian worship, prayer, and worldview formation sounds really, really good. It’s called The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential. I am forming my opinion from the interview in Christianity Today, which you can sample after the jump. [Read more…]
We had a powerful sermon last Sunday on one of those “difficult” passages of Scripture, one that reminds us that Christianity is not merely about “family values”:
26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. . . .33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26-27, 33)
Lectio continua is the ancient practice of reading the Bible from beginning to end. Quite a few people do that on their own, but sometimes it has been read aloud. The 17th century Protestant community Little Gidding was built around Bible reading, and a Psalm would be read out loud every hour of every day and every night.
As they did last year, the youth group at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville, VA, led by frequent reader and commenter Rich Shipe, has started a marathon Bible reading exercise, which will run through the 4th of July. They will be on Main Street. Can’t miss them. Rich says that if you are in the neighborhood, drop by and do some reading. [Read more…]
The sermon last Sunday was about Nathan’s preaching to King David about his sin with Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 12. Some striking insights about the role of the “sword” never departing from his house in keeping David (and us) faithful and about David’s other child, likewise descended from this sinful relationship (through Bathsheba’s child Solomon), who had to die. [Read more…]