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Have you ever thanked God for the shoes you wore today? How about the tastes you have experienced this week? Pick one you especially enjoyed, and think about it for a moment, letting the memory dance across your tongue. Have you thanked God for the color palette your eyes paint across your brain as you scan the room right now? Wasn't blue a good idea?
This week I am at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. Among other things, such conferences are bookfests, large exhibit halls filled with book publishers, talking to authors about their books, selling books (often at steep discounts), and planning to publish more and more books. So the setting reminded me of a post I did several years ago, on the spiritual dynamics surrounding having a book released to the world. The following is that post.
The following is an adaptation from my NIV Application Commentary: Hebrews (Zondervan, 1998), 388-89. Here are 6 characteristics of biblical faith according to Hebrews 11. See how your faith measures up.
My wife, Pat, crafted the following prayer, which she prayed in our worship service yesterday. Would you join us in praying it today?
Lord, because You are our High Priest, we approach Your throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace as we come to You and pray for ourselves and our country. (Hebrews 4:16)
. . . If I simply wear my “cultural glasses,” the way of looking at the world which has been crafted in my own cultural context, the teaching of Jesus can be skewed. I may not feel disoriented, since I am comfortable in my culture, but I may have a skewed vision of what Jesus is saying, missing aspects of his powerful, culture-bending message.
Over the past few weeks we have been in a series on “6 Ways to Transform Your Reading of the Gospels.” First I suggested that we Read Matthew, Mark, and Luke from ‘the Earth Up’ and John ‘from Heaven Down.’ Last week we looked at how to Read Each Gospel for Its Unique Perspective. Our third principle, the topic of this post, is As we Read the Miracle Stories Ask, “What Does this Tell Me about the Identity of Jesus?”