“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NIV84)
Untitled by Vela Zanetti, 1975
Last week I took a day off work and went with my son David to the Washington Nationals home opener. It was a truly special day, capped by dinner with my niece, nephew and son’s girlfriend.
My niece is a student at George Mason University, currently enrolled in a philosophy class. We started talking a little bit about Socrates and Aristotle (both of whom she is required to read), the Audible app I’ve been enjoying lately to ‘read’ philosophy, and how critical context can be to appreciating ancient writing. Continue reading
Here’s a video that captures the essence and purpose of this blog.
If you’re not getting much out of studying the Bible, consider these examples of the kind of material that can help you ‘see’ the Bible in a new, realistic light.
The events recorded in the Bible did not happen “long ago and far away,” as in a fairy tale. Take the Apostle Paul for instance. Paul was real, lived in real places under the harshest of conditions, and had a real reason for carrying out his mission. Paul knew the truth. His willingness to suffer for the sake of spreading the Gospel message is a powerful apologetic in its own right.
Paul’s writings contain a consistent prescription for peace and joy, perhaps best documented in Romans 12 and 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22. The video concludes with a special interpretation of Paul’s central theme.
In the Bible we have Paul’s lengthy first-hand testimony, an amazingly accurate biography from Luke (i.e. the book of Acts), and an acknowledgment from Peter. Study the accounts. As you do, ask yourself why Paul would take the punishment and suffering that came along with his mission. 2 Timothy is a great place to start if you’re picking up the Bible for the first time. It’s Paul’s last will and testament. Listen to Dick Woodward’s teaching on 2 Timothy from his Mini Bible College audio series before you read the Scripture. Then by all means read the text of 2 Timothy and develop an appreciation for the incredible man who wrote half of the New Testament.