Short Cuts to Reading the Bible

Hey all… sorry I haven’t blogged at you in a while.  Here’s a post I’ve been meaning to make for a while.  I recently read Scot McKnight’s latest release “The Blue Parakeet – Rethinking How You Read the Bible“.  My overall review is a huge thumbs up.  Here are 5 shortcuts that he says many of us take in reading the Bible.

  1. Morsels of Law – viewing the Bible only as a compendium of commandments
  2. Morsels of Blessing – viewing the Bible as simply 1001 promises from God
  3. Mirrors and Inkblots – viewing the Bible as a mirror or a Rorschach ink blot upon which we project whatever we want
  4. Puzzling together the Pieces -  With this approach we treat the Bible as a brain-teaser and try to puzzle together the pieces to map God’s mind.
  5. Maestro’s – looking at the Bible only through the perspective of one author.  This often happens in evangelical circles when we view the rest of the Bible through Paul rather than a balanced view of the entire Bible.  This shortcut was the hardest for me to wrap my head around.

Scot’s answer is that we read the Bible as a Story.  It is a story made up of stories and we each have our place within the story.  I have found that viewing the Bible as The Story has affected my entire spirituality.  The story of Creation::Fall::Incarnation::Redemption::Re-Creation has changed everything for me.

Anyway, I highly recommend the book as well as Scot’s excellent blog (much better than mine!)

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  1. Dear Geoff:

    Thank you for posting this. It is really interesting and helpful.

    I wanted to know if you are doing any Christmas concerts? Have you recorded any Christmas music?

    I watched the tractor playing Sweet Georgia Brown video you posted for Thanksgiving. It was fun to watch! That is one amazing tractor! Appearances can be deceiving!!! (Just kidding!)

    Merry Christmas!

    Annette

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