It’s been well over a year since my last blog post. I think I’m back.
It won’t be like before, at least most of the time. I realize now that the longer the post, the less likely you are to read it.
So I want to use this blog to help us stay connected during the week, and to keep learning, and to keep remembering who we are and what we’re about.
Most of the time I’ll be saying something about Scripture – either about the lectionary readings for the day or more generally about how Scripture “works.” I hope if you aren’t reading the Bible daily, you’ll consider starting. For some of us it’s a discipline issue, and for others it’s a matter of understanding it. Since I’ve been working with Scripture a long time, I think I can help you navigate the sorts of things that often trip people up, and offer some general principles that can help you get to the heart of things.
But I’m going to keep this one short, and hopefully future posts as well. I’ll end with this teaser from today’s epistle reading.
“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God (1 Peter 1:23).” The word of God is that potentially powerful, that transformative, that available. A few verses later Peter writes, “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.” So while we’ve been born again, we still have a lot of growing up to do. The word of God is meant to help.
“...this is how we make important changes–barely, poorly, slowly. And still [Jesus] raises his fist in triumph.” –Anne Lamott, from Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith