My duty to the Bible’s living interpretive tradition

I had a good discussion yesterday with my pastor covenant group about our discernment process as a church in the wake of the Frank Schaefer trial and controversy. I know that I got a little hot-headed in the debate online so I wanted to offer more circumspect reflections. I believe that each disciple of Jesus Christ not only has the right but actually the duty to contribute to the ongoing living interpretive tradition of our faith. Some Christians think that the Bible doesn't require any … [Read more...]

Five verses God has tattooed on my heart: #4 Psalm 119:113

Two years ago, I decided to give myself a challenge as I was starting out this blog. I decided to blog my way through the longest, and what I assumed to be the most boring psalm in the Bible, Psalm 119. Boy was I surprised at what I found there! It's basically a love song about God's law. I thought it was nothing more than a giant sycophantic gesture. But it was my time of reading this psalm during my Monday fasts probably more than anything else when the Bible first began to breathe on me in a … [Read more...]

My zeal wears me out: Monster-psalm Meditation #18

My zeal wears me out, for my enemies ignore your words. Psalm 119:139 I resonate with this verse way too much. Isn't this verse the battle-cry of all the angry, sanctimonious Christian bloggers whether we're raging against those liberals or those fundamentalists or those mainliners or those evangelicals? Since my enemies ignore "your" words, God, I will SCREAM LOUDER. … [Read more...]

They have voided your Torah: Monster-Psalm Meditation #16

Psalm 119:121-128I have done what is just and right;    do not leave me to my oppressors. Guarantee your servant’s well-being;    do not let the godless oppress me. My eyes fail from watching for your salvation,    and for the fulfilment of your righteous promise. … [Read more...]

My Soul Languishes for Your Salvation: Monster-Psalm Meditation #11

Psalm 119:81-88 My soul languishes for your salvation; I hope in your word. My eyes fail longing for your word, saying, When will you comfort me? For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke; yet I do not forget your statutes. How many are the days of your servant? When will you judge my persecutors? The arrogant dug pits for me, which are not according to your Torah. … [Read more...]

May the Arrogant Be Put to Shame: Monster-Psalm Meditation #10

Psalm 119:73-80  Your hands made me and formed me;    give me understanding to learn your commands.  May those who fear you rejoice when they see me,    for I have put my hope in your word.  I know, LORD, that your laws are righteous,    and that in faithfulness you have humbled me. … [Read more...]

It was good for me to be afflicted: Monster-Psalm Meditation #9

Psalm 119:65-7265 Do good to your servant    according to your word, LORD. 66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment,    for I trust your commands. 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,    but now I obey your word. … [Read more...]

I am a friend to all who fear you: Monster-Psalm Meditation #8

Psalm 119:57-64You are my portion, LORD;    I have promised to obey your words. I have sought your face with all my heart;    be gracious to me according to your promise. … [Read more...]

Your promise gives me life: Monster-Psalm Meditation #7

Psalm 119:49-56 Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my distress, that your promise gives me life. … [Read more...]

An Answer for the Taunting: Monster-Psalm Meditation #6

Psalm 119:41-48 Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise. Then I shall have an answer for those who taunt me, for I trust in your word. Do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your ordinances. … [Read more...]