Bible study

The Holy Spirit and Biblical Interpretation

Scott Hafemann in his commentary on 2 Corinthians 3:14–15:

Thus, Paul’s recognition of the root problem behind Israel’s rejection of the gospel demonstrates that the Spirit must create within us a willingness to accept God’s Word so that, being receptive to its message, we will be more apt to comprehend its meaning. Paul’s argument from the Scriptures as common ground with his opponents assumes that the role of the Holy Spirit in biblical interpretation is not to provide God’s people with hidden information or insights into the Scriptures, but to change their moral disposition (cf. 3:14).

A Word of Caution Regarding Bible Reading Resolutions

Sam Allberry: 

This is truly frightening: it is possible for us to hold to the authority of God’s word, and to never miss a day of carefully reading our Bible, and yet all the while neglect coming to Jesus. There is a way to be biblical but not relational. But it makes us into a Pharisee, not a disciple. Biblical it may be, in one sense, but in a way that is profoundly unbiblical. [...]
But what matters most is love for God. So I say to myself and to you: read the Bible in 2017. Read it, not to “conquer” books of the Bible or to “get them under your belt” (scare-quotes entirely necessary). Read it to kindle a fire for the Lord. Read it to prove his love for you, not to prove your self-discipline to him or to others.

Consider covering up the dates on your Bible reading plan. This doesn't solve the problem, of course (which is ultimately a matter of the heart), but it's a step in a healthy direction. 

Link List for October 22, 2013

OS X 10.9 Mavericks: The Ars Technica Review | Ars Technica Apple made OS X Mavericks available today as a free upgrade. Read John Siracusa's comprehensive review.

Mac Power Users 160: Getting Ready for Mavericks

While we're talking about Mavericks, consider giving this episode of Mac Power Users a listen before you pull the trigger on the upgrade.

7 Arrows for Bible Reading | Trevin Wax

A helpful tool for understanding the Bible and knowing how to apply it to your life.

10 Productivity Experiments for Pastors | Pastoralized

Lots of great suggestions here. Not just for pastors.

The Art and Science of the Humblebrag | Tim Challies

"Have you managed to get thousands of people to follow you on Twitter or friend you on Facebook? Do you need to keep reminding them why you are worthy of their attention? Let me offer you some ways you can grow in the art and science of the humblebrag."

So good.

Your Pastor Needs YOU!

David Kraft suggests six ways you can support your church's pastors and leaders.



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