The title is not my own. I saw this blog posted on Facebook this morning and it resonates with me. The phrase is one that hardly a week goes by that I don’t see someone write it on social media or hear someone say it. It is WRONG. It is one of those things that has been made up to make ourselves and others feel better. I could elaborate more on it but I will let the author do that, so click the link to be taken to his post.
Confronting The Lie
I saw this on Facebook this morning.
“Quote for the day: You cannot hang out with negative people and expect to live a positive life.”
The thought then occurred to me that Jesus did. So did Gandhi and Mother Teresa and countless others like them. They ALL hung out with negative people who couldn’t help themselves and had a huge positive impact on this world. They all lived a full and very positive life. How can we expect to impact the world by hanging out with only those who think and behave as we do? It seems to me that something is wrong with this type thinking that doesn’t take into account the people who need the influence the most. Very selfish outlook! The ones living the “negative” life NEED those of us who see things differently. They need to see that this world can indeed be reimagined differently than they have experienced it.
Let’s not be so prideful that we stand apart from those we deem below us in their outlook.
The book is shipping in a few days and you can pre-order at the link below! I have shared part of my own journey in this book along with several others. It is needed and I hope it may be of help to some! I will probably be giving away a couple of copies to someone so stay tuned!
This book offers many variant forms of the story of discovering the force of the Gospel that lies behind the illusions and distortions of fundamentalism. The authors witness to an emancipation when the old, phony “protections” are abandoned. Coming to such an awareness cannot be hurried or coerced, but it is an urgent enterprise. As one author concludes, “I needed to grow up.”
– Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
These essays revive the ancient tradition of testimony – but in a surprising and compelling direction. The authors recount their journeys from intellectually and spiritually restrictive expressions of Christianity to a vibrant and satisfying faith. Readers will grieve the authors’ painful moments and celebrate their joy. The stories testify that we need not fear doubt, for doubt often opens the path to joy and fulfillment.
– Greg Carey, PhD, Professor of New Testament Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster,
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From Fear To Faith
I am asked frequently if one HAS to be a scholar to understand the biblical texts. No, but scholarship sure helps and contributes to our understanding of such ancient texts, far removed from us and our own culture with which we are familiar. This is why we have teachers in school, those who have studied subjects more in depth than most of us and can impart some of that knowledge and understanding to us. The more I have studied over many years the less I see that I know and have hold of.
Greg Carey of Lancaster Theological Seminary has written an excellent article which I am sharing here. Enjoy!! Comments are always welcome!!
Biblical Scholarship: What’s It Good For?
Greg is on Facebook here: Dr. Greg Carey
RIGHT TEXTS, WRONG MEANINGS: Busting Myths from Popular New Testament Texts. This is the title of a new book by a friend of mine, Dr. Sam Tsang. Every day on social networking sites I see lone Bible verses quoted and applied to something far from the meaning of the texts in which the quote appears. Many seem to have the mentality that scripture is simply a collection of self-help proverbs, meant to help us feel good about everything and anything. No care whatsoever is given to the entire text of which the verse is a part. Interesting to me is that we do this with nothing else. Seems that everyone is an expert and feels free to pull any text out to apply it to whatever situation we are in at the moment, especially if it makes us feel good and happy.
Dr. Tsang covers this in his new book, which is very readable and right on, written for non-academic readers. From his Introduction:
- Does Matthew 7:1 mean not to judge?
- Is the lost son in Luke 15 the younger son?
- Is Romans 13 about the absolute obedience to the government?
- Is the widow’s mite in Luke 21: 1-4 about giving?
If you answered “yes” to any of these, you need this book.
I highly recommend this book IF you have any interest in understanding texts and getting them right. If you prefer to just throw out of context quotes out there and feel good doing so then you will not benefit from it. Read Sam’s blog post to learn more about the book and for ordering information.
Right Texts, Wrong Meanings
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