Power-Reading the Bible
an occasional blog by Gary D. Collier

Reading by the Spirit (2): The Letter Kills Mar 02, 2024

Go here for part 1.

All readings of biblical texts should be Spirit-led. If any method of reading is Spirit-led, it will at least attempt to be responsible to what that text is trying to say and...

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Reading by the Spirit (1): What Does It Mean? Feb 24, 2024

We’re talking about reading the Bible. So, right up front, let’s put this on the table: When reading the Bible, we need the Spirit of God. All reading of biblical texts...

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Power-Reading the Bible Feb 17, 2024

Power-Reading the Bible can fundamentally transform how we look at the Bible, how we handle it, what we get from it, and how we apply it to ourselves and to others. 

So, starting now,...

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Is Revelation Poetry? Aug 18, 2023

Note:  this post is an early version of the introduction of a new translation of the Apocalypse now available only for private sale (by personal request), or as a promotional gift under the...

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(2) Free Speech & Conversation Jun 13, 2023

If free speech is a desirable thing, and if Christians are sometimes schizophrenic about it (see previous post), should we be thoughtful in how we pursue it?  Such a question will cause most...

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(1) Free Speech & Censorship Jun 07, 2023

Free speech. An important concept. Worthy of discussion.  Of course to do that, some measure of it has to exist already. 

Saying "I believe in the importance of freedom of speech," is...

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Moving Mar 03, 2023

Like a timely chess move, during March 2023, the social media presence of IABC is moving off of Facebook and onto a platform called MeWe.  Those who sign up for a free account...

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Groupthink Feb 28, 2023

A society, large or small, built on the pursuit of critical inquiry is a precious thing. Where there is a collective hunger for the genuine exchange of ideas, of testing and evaluating what and how...

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The Bible and the Abortion Debate Oct 29, 2022

A very hot topic—abortion as a religious value—was brought into focus today on a short Fox Entertainment interview of two people: (1) a pastor [Shane Idleman] and (2) the president of...

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Where Virtue Goes to Die Aug 22, 2022

In the movie, Gladiator, young Commodus says to his father, Marcus Aurelius (emperor of Rome 161-180 CE):

You wrote to me once, listing the Four Cardinal Virtues: 

    1. Wisdom,
    2. Justice,
    3. ...
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A Word about Patriotism Jul 03, 2022

I’m certain that I would not be considered a patriot by many people. I am grateful for many things about the country of my birth and life, and I could write extensively about those things,...

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Could Adam and Eve Have Left? (5) May 13, 2022

By Gary D. Collier (Index:  1 2 | 3 | 4 | 5  )

I want to thank you, Alan, for kindly inviting us to look over your shoulder...

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Could Adam and Eve Have Left? (4) May 11, 2022

Response by Alan Mudd  (Index:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5  )

I don't know how to respond to the list of questions you made. To me, they do...

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Could Adam and Eve Have Left? (3) May 11, 2022

Response by Gary D. Collier  (Index:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5  )

Being in near total agreement with your entire treatment of this subject,...

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Could Adam and Eve Have Left? (2) May 08, 2022

Response by Alan Mudd  (Index:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5  ) 
(See editor's note at the end.)

I take it from your post that your position on...

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Could Adam and Eve Have Left? (1) May 07, 2022

By Gary D. Collier (Index:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5  ) 

What do you think?  Could Adam and Eve have left the garden on their own had they...

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Context Attention Disorder Apr 02, 2022

The list below—an instance of what I'll term CAD—was projected during a sermon I heard.

 With some guidance, one might legitimately compare brief texts by six different authors...

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Reading Revelation Today Dec 14, 2021

My encouragement to all who would read the book of Revelation is this:  Spend less time listening to theories about the book (how it is said to apply to this or that thing today or tomorrow),...

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Is it right to question inspiration? Nov 28, 2021

A reader has sent the following paragraph and granted the right to post it: 

Yet, I see the author(s) of the book of Revelation giving their interpretation and ideas of what is going on...

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The Most Difficult Verse? Rev 18:20 Nov 18, 2021

By the time we get to Revelation 18:20, the beast-riding woman from chapter 17 is promised for swift destruction in a futile attempt at war against God.  And so we come to this: 

...

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PROBE & Biblical Conversation Sep 17, 2021

Yahweh was passing by.
     Before him a raging wind 
          digging into the mountain, 
             ...

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Part 5: Joy & Evangelism Aug 30, 2021

5. Certainly there was Some Joy in the Roman Empire. Without it, Evangelism would be Impossible.

            We are leading to the notion that...

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Part 4: When Culture Thwarts Joy Aug 23, 2021

4. A Government and Society and Culture that Thwarts “Joy.”

            What about the Roman Empire? Beard wrote a chapter titled...

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Part 3: Making It Personal Aug 16, 2021

3. A Way to Understand “Joy” that Avoids the Tangle of Vocabulary.

As we seek to discuss the concept of “joy,” we will not seek a definition, but we will seek a way to...

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