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Engage the Scriptures, part 3

September 20, 2020

[QUICK REVIEW: Daniel Griswold is a colleague in South Carolina who seems to have had the phrase “credit your source whenever possible” woven into his life as much as others of us. Witness this citation: paraphrased from a podcast w David Watson on the doctrine of Scripture. And here’s what Watson offered, shared here with Daniel’s graciously expressed permission —

How should Christians engage the scriptures?

(1) Read everyday,

(2) Read the whole Bible, not just the pieces you like, &

(3) Listen to the wisdom of other believers – from today and the early church, avail yourselves of the wisdom of the church.]

Good stuff there from Daniel!

Given all of that, to what kind of “wisdom of other believers” do you and I pay attention?

Only those who think like us? Beware of living in an echo chamber.

Only those with whom we can disagree and argue? Beware of picking needless fights.

Only those who are our contemporaries? Beware of losing the richness of the work of those who came before us.

Only those who are the ancients? Beware of irrelevancy.

As business guru Peter Drucker writes, “Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.”

The goal for you and me as (hopefully) thinking Christians? To couple lifelong learning with our informed, growing, and experiential faith.

Daniel Griswold again: “Listen to the wisdom of other believers – from today and the early church, avail yourselves of the wisdom of the church.”

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