I recently had a conversation with a Christian friend who confessed her aversion to reading the Bible. The reason she gave is understandable: she’s afraid that she’ll misunderstand and misinterpret the Bible, rendering her more confused than when she started.
Feeling that the medical system has failed is an increasingly common reaction when problems aren’t fixed or diseases aren’t cured. No area of medicine can escape this sense of failure.
Paul, in 1 Corinthians, implies that although everything in the Bible is important, not everything is equally important. Some doctrines are more important. To simplify things, we could think of three levels of theological triage.
How does a Christian navigate relationships or a career in a society so flooded with lies in advertising, ghostwriting, and politics? Christians are supposed to be people of the truth—for their God is a God of truth—but the Bible, relationships, and language itself are often unclear on the matter.
Other mornings, I offer my quiet time to God as if I were bartering off a chicken in exchange for his blessing.
For singles who choose celibacy until marriage, a healthy sex-drive can feel like a curse. Despite what married people say about enjoying singleness and the challenges of marriage, sometimes we just want to have sex.
From the start people said a lot of things to me about attending Bible College. Some of them I believed at first, but along the way I’ve realized most of the things they told me were actually myths.
Sometimes Christians are too quick to assume the quotes we see on twitter and pinterest are in the Bible. If it has a few “thee’s” and “thou’s” or sounds at all like a proverb, we assume that its somewhere in that dense, leather-bound book sitting on our nightstand.
Somewhere along the line I had been told by some friends that the bible doesn’t really teach the idea of “the one” and that is was actually just Plato’s idea, but I still thought, worried, and prayed like there was “the one” out there for me.
Most people are really good at either humility/hearing or courage/doing. To be great at both hearing and doing requires time and effort.