To the Choirmaster

The Psalms are collection of powerful poems, teeming with emotion and theology, rich with expression, and, I believe, inexhaustible in meaning. I don’t always think about this, however. In the past I have found myself turning to the Psalms when I “need to” do a devotional, and I want something quick, understandable, and easy. Rather than savoring each unique Psalm, I find myself viewing them as repetitive iterations of each other.

Although it’s good that I find myself reading Psalms frequently, it’s less than profitable that this turns into a mindless activity for me. Instead, I have been recently convicted of being a informed, intentional, and regular reader of the Psalms. There are three reason that we (I) should read Psalms on the reg. Continue reading “To the Choirmaster”

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God’s myth

I used to think that every story in the Bible was historical. Abraham came out of the land of Ur. Moses parted the Red Sea. David was a king of Israel. As I learn more about the Old Testament, I’m persistently faced with the perplexing suggestion that these stories may not be completely true. Some are historical legends, with strains of truth and layers of tradition woven together. Others are folklore, expressing truths about the Israelite’s God and defining the Israelite identity.  A daring few could even be categorized as fictional.

Such propositions startle me. If something is fictional, how can it be scripture, the inspired word of God, infallible, with truths for me? I’ve come to enjoy good literature, and have become comfortable gently teasing out truths about the human condition and honest questions about the world, even in secular works. I never thought that I could approach scriptures that way, though. It wasn’t until I revisited C.S. Lewis’ views on the connection of myth and Christianity that I came to understand that Biblical literature can be read similarly. Continue reading “God’s myth”