Rules for Interpreting your Bible

bibleIn December of 2013, the final two White Horse Inn broadcasts for the month covered ten rules for interpreting the Bible.  If we fail to follow proper rules for interpretation, we can stray very widely from the intent of the scripture.  I know I did for decades.  Not everything in scripture is equally clear either, but without studying the things we can know, we will never understand exactly why we believe what we believe.  These two conversations were very helpful to me, so I’m sharing the ten rules with a little commentary.

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I’m Sorry

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWow, I’ve really been slacking this past week.  I have some great excuses, which I’ll cover after the break, but first I wanted to say sorry.  I know there are a few (very few) people who regularly read what I have to say.  I don’t take that for granted.  I appreciate that someone might think enough of what I say to come read my blog.  And having not posted something is a little of a let down to the few regular readers that I have, so to you guys, I’m sorry for not posting.  No excusing myself regardless of the reasons, just a sincere apology.

Now, what has been going on that kept me from posting.

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The Economy of Weight Loss

scaleOne day I want to write a book.  I’m still about 60-70 pounds away from my goal weight, but I’m more than half way there.  I have lost over 100 pounds so far (put a few of those back on over the holidays) and even though it has been just over three years, I’m glad that I did it.  I also learned a good bit about diet and exercise before I started and along the way.  I’m not the person to turn to if you only have five, ten or even twenty pounds to lose.  If you have fifty or more to lose, though, I have been there (and am still there) and I think my experience can help.

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Culture of Outrage

outrageGary*, a friend of mine, posted in his blog the other day that “We have a culture of outrage”.  He said more, but this phrase stuck with me because of how apt it is for our world.  Not only do we participate in outrage, but our major media outlets are less about reporting news and more about expressing outrage.  Our national language, especially in the political sphere seems to have become outrage.

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Traditions

pizzaI love traditions.  I have some personal traditions that I try to follow annually and there are others that we celebrate as a family.  Traditions help establish our family’s culture and tie us together.  We’ve also tried some traditions that just didn’t seem to take.  Here are some of my favorites and a few that just didn’t work.

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Open Communication

AngryI had a confrontation the other day.  I guess confrontation is the best thing to call it.  I sent a note to someone to express my beliefs and ask them for their cooperation in a situation we were mutually involved in.  I knew the request was not exactly how they believed the situation should be handled, but I also had confidence (based on both my belief and solid advice) that it was the right way to handle it.  The final decision was mine, and I was trying to be gracious in including them.  I also tried to work my response to them as carefully as I could, without arrogance or accusation.

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I’m tired

sleepI’m tired.  I was sitting at my desk trying to think about what I wanted to post today.  I had a couple of ideas, then my eyes snapped opened.  I don’t recall nodding off, and I’m sure it was only for a second or two, but still.

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