I want to comment on the balance that I hope to attain with this blog. I hope this is a place you feel like you can come and learn more about God’s word. I also hope it is a place you feel safe to write your thoughts and ideas. Here is where the balance part comes in. I hope to have a better balance in the future of practical/application focused Bible study balanced with stories of events in my life or people I know that helped me learn about God or are things I feel I should pass on to help others.
I don’t want this to be a place where minutia is the focus (although that is certainly fun from time to time!). We can get so bogged down in pulling things apart that we forget to actually apply the results. I love what Fosdick said about this early in the 20th century – “People do not come to church with a burning interest in what happened to the Jebusites…but with their own questions and problems.” I think sometimes I get too interested in the Jebusites and not interested enough in helping myself and others grow closer to God.
So two questions:
- Does anyone out there find the posts on the Ancient Near Eastern texts helpful or is that just too much when there is so much in the Bible to explore?
- What topics would you like to hear more about. I have had people mention a discussion of the Holy Spirit would be helpful. What suggestions for topics do you have?
I have really been spoiled to have so many people stop by and comment from all over the world. I really feel blessed and I hope it has been a blessing to you. Thank you so much for sharpening me and helping me to grow in my faith. Thank you for correcting me when I have needed correcting. Thank you for opening my eyes to things in scripture I had never noticed were there before, through your comments. It really makes me wonder what is in store over the years. I appreicate you all. God bless,