Thursday, November 4, 2010

All Have Arrived Excited in Athens

by Steve Ray on November 4, 2010

All arrived in Athens Greece tired but excited to walk and sail in the footprints of St. Paul. Great dinner, reverent Mass and to bed. Enjoy the short video.

Tomorrow to Corinth for Mass, exploring and lunch. I will read Acts 18 to the group. We will spend the night in Patras where St. Andrew was crucified on an X shaped cross and where the Battle of Lepanto was fought. More on all this tomorrow.

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Reading the Bible

by Steve Ray on November 4, 2010

A Little Poem about Bible Context

I supposed I knew my Bible,
Reading piecemeal, hit or miss,
Now a bit of John or Matthew,
Now a snatch of Genesis,

Certain chapters of Isaiah,
Certain Psalms (the twenty-third),
Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs —
Yes, I thought I knew the Word!

But I found that thorough reading
Was a different thing to do,
And the way was unfamiliar
When I read the Bible through.

You who like to play at Bible,
Dip and dabble, here and there,
Just before you kneel, aweary,
And yawn through a hurried prayer;

You who treat the Crown of Writings
As you treat no other book,
Just a paragraph, disjointed,
Just a crude, impatient look.

Try a worthier procedure,
Try a broad and steady view;
You will kneel in very rapture
When you read the Bible through.

Writer Amos Wells reflected our need for thorough Bible study in this verse: Leading the Way by Paul Borthwick, Navpress, 1989, p.  139. Galaxie Software. (2002; 2002). 10,000 Sermon Illustrations. Biblical Studies Press.

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