Friday, May 26, 2006

The Bible: Not Written to Us? What?

Linguist missionary, David Ker, recently posted on his blog Lingamish a very thought provoking article, The Bible Wasn't Written to You. He suggests the Bible was not written to me, to you, to us.

Huh, I thought it was - I mean, everyone in the Bible spoke English, right?, and in some translations, American English at that! Huh . . . I think this post is worth a read!

Tell me what you think.

For example, how many of us will admit our guilt of reading/consuming/applying the Word like a trail mix?


At 6/09/2006 6:06 PM, Anonymous Scott D. Andersen said...

His article is worth reading and my preliminary understanding is that he is right on target.

When I was a new believer in my 20's (about 21 yrs ago) I was amazed at the method of preaching employed by my Pastor at that time. He would start the sermon with a verse from scripture and then talk for 1/2 hour or 45 minutes most of the time never really explaining the passage. This was true even if he was preaching his way through a book of the bible. The passage was his springboard, but I never remember having the actual meaning of the passage explained or how it related to the context or the whole counsel of scripture. At that time I thought my hunger for the word would have been better satisfied if he simply read the whole chapter and preached the message the apostle had originally intended. I was certiainly ignorant at the time, had no concept of what expository preaching was, and was finding Matthew Henry much more soul satisfying than a sunday service ever was.

From this backdrop, the article you mentioned resonated with me and brought back some old memories. May my God guard me from ever imitating a "trail-mix" approach to the Holy Word of God.

At 6/09/2006 7:18 PM, Blogger TSHusker said...

Thanks, Scott, for the post. Don't you just love that analogy?! Trail-mix - Ya gotta love it!


At 6/09/2006 10:36 PM, Anonymous scott d. andersen said...


It's amazing how that article revived those memories from the past. Was discussing it with my wife tonight - we were rejoicing together the expository preaching we now hear and how gracious God has been in our lives providing a rich feast in his word.

God willing, I will be sharing this with a few men as we get together for Breakfast this teu.

Praise God for a Holy appetite, certainly this is grace indeed.

ps. also a Husker fan living in Nebraska. go big red.

At 8/08/2006 3:39 PM, Blogger Bible Discernment said...



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