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

(13) Strategies 2 & 3 May 25, 2024

Today, we continue with 2 more of the 5 strategies that Bible readers should seriously embrace to help create a mindset for entering into conversation with biblical authors...

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(12) Strategy 1 May 18, 2024

How do we consciously and strategically create a mindset for entering into conversation with biblical authors through their texts? That's our main question in this sub-series of...

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(11) Preparation May 11, 2024

You got up late this morning after texting too long last night with your best friend about some random issue. Consequently, the kids and the dog were acting up this morning. Traffic was heavy and...

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(10) 3-D Bible Reading May 04, 2024

If you want to get depressed, go look up the "Flat Bible Believers" Facebook page. Its very existence helps to demonstrate that people read the Bible every which way they can, and every which...

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(9) The Self and DBS Apr 20, 2024

In my previous post, I talked about self disciplines (or disciplines for the self) as specialty tools, and I noted that these tools are designed to do some things, but not other things. I...

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A Thinking Place Apr 18, 2024

Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" came out in 1964;  a new version by the group Disturbed in 2015.  I only heard the Disturbed version two days agoexactly 60 years after...

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(8) Specialty Tools Apr 13, 2024

"You just think everybody has to become a scholar to read the Bible!"  Occasionally, some feel uneasy with what I’m saying in the previous posts, and some even get offended by it,...

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(7) Methods for the Self Apr 06, 2024

We certainly need to read the Bible for personal and lofty reasons, in search of spiritual formation. As with textual interests, there are methods that are applied to the self.[1]   Back...

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(6) Text: Methods, Highs and Lows Mar 30, 2024

Frankly, the basics are pretty straightforward:  think of every biblical text as a friend, and then treat your friend the way you want to be treated. Start by listening to your...

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(5) Text: The Prime Directive Mar 23, 2024

“What does Bible study even mean?” Strange as that may sound, not everything that calls itself “Bible Study” is.

What It's Not

Unfortunately, this phrase gets attached to...

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(4) Text: Initial Notes on Methods Mar 16, 2024

It is not in spite of, but because of our love for our ancient, precious biblical texts, that we, with energy, seek out how to read them. We respect methods developed over centuries, and they are...

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(3) Spirit: What Could Be Mar 09, 2024

How do you know when the Spirit of God is speaking? 

Claiming that "the Spirit told me" something is very easy to do.  And when you hear someone say that, it's...

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

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 do.

The Psalmist says,...

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(1) Spirit: 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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