Monday, July 11, 2011

Graham Cooke on How God Uses Scripture

From the Art of Thinking Brilliantly.



Graham Cooke's interesting, controversial and potentially illuminating explanation of how God uses scripture is worth the listen whether you agree or disagree. Wholly accurate? Partially accurate? Partially erroneous? Wholly erroneous? Comment and let me know what you think.

I find myself sympathetic but not in total agreement.

5 comments:

  1. I would say I mostly agree - I'd have to listen to the whole thing to understand what he means by <"inheritance word"> Often for me the Scripture jumps off the page; things I've read many times before suddenly have a whole new 'meaning'...Liked the idea of claiming it and "keeping" it rather that just jotting down a couple of notes about it. Loved the "read the Bible in a year" stuff - another carry-over from legalistic thinking. I'm reading Galatians and will probably still be reading Galatians a month from now. The Lord is so merciful to us!

    (still listening to that last audio snippet you put up in May - and bought the soundtrack to add to my collection *smile*)

    Thanks for posting this.
    Lynn in ON, Canada

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  2. I'm glad it was a blessing. I really appreciate the Old Testament and I'm pretty attached to reading through the Bible a few times a year, so I winced a little bit.

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  3. I do understand the value of reading through the Bible - - I just finished a "read through in 60 days" - - but I've had to learn to give myself permission not to get hung up on keeping up with a "schedule" just for the sake of "keeping up with a schedule"

    My life has been filled with "Christian to-do lists" for decades: do this, and that, and these other things, to be a "better" "Christian". Learning to live in the freedom of grace is kind of scary - it's too easy to want to fall back into the false security of ticky-box Christianity (yep, read my 4 chapters today at 11:59 PM, couldn't tell you a single thing they said but the list is checked off...) When you're used to walking in the doctrines of man, grace gets pushed aside by the flesh wanting to "do" something "righteous-looking" - hard to break out of that mindset and give that all up!

    Lynn in ON, Canada

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  4. Somehow though I am of the opinion that God's word is always relevant to you, I don't feel very comfortable with the idea that you only have to open the Bible at random and you'll find instant illumination. There's not much difference to casting dice or laying cards, is there?

    I don't want to think that Mr. Cooke's against a systematic study of God's word.

    Though reading the Scriptures should always be a joy and a blessing, I think Mr. Cooke's unto something when he mocks the idea of trudging through dense parts of the Bible because it only says so in a paper schedule. As Lynn pointed out it may turn the blessing into the proverbial legalistic stumbling block.

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  5. I think you caught on to some of the issues and wisdom of what was said. Legalistic Bible reading is turning from the Spirit to the letter. At the same time we shouldn't approach the Bible superstitiously playing popcorn verse. The Holy Spirit often illuminates passages or verses that are specifically and especially relevant to our lives, situations and character and those verses we should take and internalize as our "inheritance" but that doesn't mean that those portions that don't feel relevant or don't seem relevant aren't rich with relevance that we must unpack. Great comments.

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