Every night I prayed to die. And every morning I woke up: angry, depressed – hopeless. Little did I know through repeatedly opening my eyes, an involuntary and seemingly mundane act, salvation was rearing its persistent head.
If you do not understand the difference between the theological concepts of revelation and inspiration, then you could be causing yourself significant consequences in your daily spiritual life and church practice. Confusing the two can result in erroneous understanding of the Bible that ranges from feelings of despair to justifying unjust acts against others. And that is why this is one of the most important points being made in this series.
Most of us tend to pay little or no attention at the end of a movie when the closing credits begin to roll (unless it’s a Marvel superhero movie and we want our added scene). In fact, many people start to leave the theater as soon as they start. But have you ever stayed, read through all of the credits, and then wondered what some of those positions were?
In this episode of Stories from a Village, Ivy talks with Sonya about faith, art, politics, and self-acceptance. Sonya grew up in West Virginia and learned early-on that being a good Christian meant not doing bad things like smoking, swearing, or watching R-rated movies. Today, she’s a Christian who cusses a little (and sometimes maybe a lot) but she knows that God loves her just the way she is. You can find examples of her art at sonyalucasart.com
Our notion of an inspired Bible comes primarily from the Bible itself. The idea of God’s Spirit coming upon someone is seen throughout the Old Testament and, generally speaking, is categorized in one of three ways:
At some point in my life, I learned to dance with scripture— a give and take, a waltz in and around one another, moving forward and backward. I laugh and I cry and the text does too.
I’m not much of a dancer. For a long time, I was scared to ask the questions, I was scared to enter into the conversation. My moves were awkward and I feared what would happen if I overstepped. The dark words on the white page are to be feared, we’re told. If you don’t take them seriously enough they’ll bite you.
We believe that the Bible is a beautiful, God-inspired, complex, and challenging book.
From the “We Believe” statement on Stone Village Church’s web site (emphasis added)
Let’s say your favorite translation of the Bible is being re-published and you have been solicited to join a focus group regarding the new edition. You agree to participate in the focus group and thereafter you are sent of list of potential updated titles to be printed on the front of the Bible. The list includes the following:
In this episode, Ivy sits down with Irene, a devout Catholic who also had a deeply meaningful “born again” experience in the Evangelical church. Intrigued yet? Listen to hear how Irene has navigated the many twists and turns in her faith journey.
God is the savior—known boldly and intimately in Jesus’ life, which shows us how to live and love.
From the “We Believe” statement on Stone Village Church’s web site
I have never forgotten what the shop manager told me several years ago after my vehicle had an oil change and was checked for routine maintenance. He reviewed the results of the check and highlighted that I would need new tires soon. That was not news, as I knew the life of the original tires was near an end. What left an impression on me was how he phrased the importance of tires. His talk went something like this: Continue reading “The Jesus Criterion #1 – Introduction”
Meet the creators of Stories from a Village. Ivy, John and Steve kick things off by sitting down to discuss what inspired them to start the website and podcast. You’ll hear about the hopes and dreams for Stories from a Village, and learn more about each host’s own religious background.