As you can tell by reading many of these blogs, that quite a few of my thought launching points come from Skip Moen. I find his words challenging and insightful. He recently posted a word on Cha-Cha-Cha-Change and he is moving out of country. He posted a reminder that he had and I thought it appropriate to share. I echo much of his intent I believe and sentiment…
Today’s Word is a personal exploration of biblical and cultural assumptions. That’s why the topics are so diverse and the biblical passages are so scattered. I am not trying to write theology or follow some topical idea or develop some theme. I write according to what I experience in my journey. That means that most of the time I am just connecting the dots. I write about relationships between ideas found in culture and in the Bible. I look for historical connections. I find interesting parallels between Scripture and material outside the Bible. I look for relationships between what we believe today and what the writers believed centuries ago. Sometimes this ends in blind alleys. Sometimes I make mistakes. But that’s the nature of open-ended exploration. I try not to start with a foregone doctrinal position. I try to open up the paradigm assumptions that I grew up with. I try to see what’s there as opposed to what I wish were there.
All of this means that I am learning as I go. Things change. I’ve changed my mind about previous beliefs. I correct myself. I am just as subject to error as anyone else. I try to be careful, but I have blind spots too.
If you find these explorations useful, mazel tov. If you don’t, that’s okay too. I’m not trying to please everyone. If you find that what I write about is upsetting, you might be in the right place. But if you want to argue about what you believe, then maybe you should start your own web site. Remember, this is my journey. You don’t have to agree. I don’t expect you to agree. But you’re welcome to come along if you wish.
I am grateful for each one of you who have been part of the long journey. I hope that as these changes take effect you will decide to stick around for the conclusion.