ed noble, the teaching pastor at my church (and my friend of almost 20 years — he hired me in omaha in early 1989), turned the big five-oh a few days ago, and blogged a random list of thoughts from his new “older” perspective.
i was nonchalantly reading through the post, until i came to this comment about the bible, which just blew me away:
The Bible looks different than it did 20 years ago. It looks less manageable yet more real. Less consistent but more true. I used to marshal arguments for the inspiration of Scripture (they were good ones too!) and I still do. It seems however lately that the story itself is so self-authenticating that this seems almost redundant. It’s like convincing people that the sun is hot as we are sweating outside on an August day.
yes! ah, yes. so pickin’ good.
i’ve been thinking quite a bit about the role of the bible in our lives (both practically, and in terms of god’s intent), since the CORE is focused on this subject next spring, and i’m writing (and re-writing, and re-writing again) the opening session. this is so in line with what we’re hoping to communicate that day.