But if you have nothing to say, then listen to me.
Be quiet, and I will teach you wisdom.
Job 33.33 EXB

In the age of social media, we all have something to say and multiple venues through which to say it.

Elihu launched himself into the lull between Job and his three friends. Everyone had exhausted their arguments. No one had convinced anyone of their positions. Now the youngest of them thinks he has a shot. Continue reading

For some time now, I’ve worked, on and off, in my own modest way, on understanding the structure of a Bible book, in order to appreciate better its message and the meaning of a given passage. If context is meaning, and it is, this would seem to be an important task.

Before we can do the task of analysis, so the thought goes, we must see the whole picture, the synthesis. Continue reading

Joe Slater of Justin TX wrote the following on an email list and allowed me to reproduce it:

… there is a shortage of quality reading material and a shortage of people willing and able to read such material. I’ll take it a step further and say that reading quality Bible-related literature requires thinking, and in my opinion most folks don’t want to do the work of thinking (or don’t know how to think critically). It’s easier to have someone spoon-feed me than to read, think, and arrive at a sound conclusion. Couple that with the pervasive notion that “it really doesn’t matter anyway” and any motive for reading (other than entertainment) evaporates. We have our work cut out for us in convincing people that truth exists and can be known, that it matters, and that it is worth the time and effort to read, think, and learn the truth.

What do you think of his assertions? Agree or disagree?

Enhanced by Zemanta

• Some time back I’d highlighted this sentence from Holladay’s commentary on 1 Cor.: “Life in Christ is a constant interaction of being acted upon by God and acting in response to God.” That probably means more to me now than it did then.

• I bought my copy of the commentary from sr. Andrade in Belo Horizonte. It has his stamp on the title page, with the date he acquired it: 2 April 1987. He was a good man and effective teacher who died after being hit by a car, as he crossed the avenue in front of his apartment. I miss him and his no-nonsense attitude.

• Coming up: Brazil anniversary #26 on Nov. 28.

• Ron Thomas shared a great phrase yesterday, in the middle of his post about our Bible reading for the day, Ephesians 3. I quote him up to that phrase: Continue reading