Biblical Truth

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am starting a sermon series this week that I am very excited about. The first sermon is on “HOW SHOULD THE BIBLE BE UNDERSTOOD?” (to see all the sermon themes you can go the GGCC website.)

In preparation for this sermon, I have gone back over a few files from some of my favorite teachers. Dr.Walter Brueggemann of Union Seminary, one of the great Old Testament theologians of our day, is one. The late Dr. Donald Juel, a New Testament scholar who taught at Princeton Seminary, is another. Some of the newer teaching I have been reading is from Brian McClaren’s book “A New Kind of Christian.” All three of these offer marvelous scholarship and relevant teaching.

The quote that perhaps resonated with me most came from the late Rich Mullins, who is best known for being a Christian musician-

“The Bible is not a book for the faint of heart. It is a book full of all the greed and glory and violence and tenderness and sex and betrayal that benefits humankind. It is not the collection of pretty little anecdotes mouthed by pious little church mice. It does not so much nibble at our shoe as it cuts to the heart and splits the marrow from bone to bone. It does not give us answers fitted to our smaller minded questions, but truth that goes beyond what we even know to ask.”              Rich Mullins.

May we pray for scripture to offer us truth beyond what we even know to ask. God can grant no greater gift.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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