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Are you locked in?

Locked in to your perception of things, that is.

That is something I am writing about this morning at Out of the Ordinary.

As Christians, part of learning humility is understanding that we are not the centre of the universe. It is likely that we will come across other Christians who will look at the exact same situation and come to different conclusions. That may trouble us, because we want to be united with our brothers and sisters in Christ. But it is a reality we have to come to grips with. 

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Bible study yet again

That is the topic of my post at Out of the Ordinary this morning. Specificially, I am reviewing an excellent book on studying the Bible, Journey into God's Word, by Duvall and Hays.

Bible study books seem to exist at very wide poles: the very introductory on one end and the very advanced on the other. There are not many in between, and I think this one meets that need. I believe it can still be used by a beginner, but it will suit a student for a while. Furthermore, because this book is a scaled down version of Duvall and Hays's book Grasping God's Word, there is a resource for further explanation and added depth.

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Why study Leviticus?

I know, I know; that sounds about as appealing as watching paint dry. Personally, I find Leviticus fascinating. And it is necessary to understand. I'm talking a little about that at Out of the Ordinary this morning. Here is a snippet:

There are many reasons to study Leviticus, but time and space don't allow me to probe them all. I will, however, share one good reason: because in his first epistle, the apostle Peter relies on it to explain what holiness is.

When a New Testament writer uses an Old Testament reference, we should stop and ask ourselves why. How is he using that Old Testament citation to build his teaching? What does the reference say about the unity of the two testaments? It's a time in our study when we must stop and think about what lies behind the author's purpose.

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It may sound dull ... 

... but reading and understanding the Law is nothing like that. In fact, I've learned quite a bit about it lately, and it's pretty fascinating.

I'm at Out of the Ordinary this morning sharing a few tidbits of what I'm learning.

We know that the Law has been fulfilled in Christ, but fulfilled does not mean that it is something we reject entirely. The Law is part of God's Word, and all of God's Word is useful for us (II Timothy 3:16-17), so we cannot simply dismiss it. 

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Theology in Story

I'm over at Out of the Ordinary this morning sharing about reading Old Testament Narrative.

I may think to myself, "Sarai followed Abram without question when God called him out of Ur. She was a good wife. If I want to be a good wife, I need to be like Sarai." That is moralizing. It is a noble thing to be a good wife, and there are other places in Scripture which support the principle of being a responsible wife, but this account of Sarai and Abram leaving Ur is not about marriage. Esther is not about how to be manage a difficult husband. Every story about Moses cannot be reduced to a lesson about effective leadership. 

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