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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(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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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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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? (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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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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Howling at the Moon Apr 04, 2020

Reading the Bible Is not Rocket Science.  Or Is It?

By now it is an old statement, but every once in a while, someone still makes it:  “You don’t have to be a scholar to read...

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The Bible, Covid-19, and Every Threat Mar 26, 2020

Does the Bible Even Belong in This Discussion?

In the 1951 movie, People Will Talk, Cary Grant (as a medical doctor)  makes the following rather bleak  statement: "If old Mother...

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The Spirit of God & Deep Study Mar 24, 2020

(This post was originally a private letter to a friend. It has been modified for this post.)

Especially in times like ours, with all the serious concern over life and quality of life, I want to...

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Visit to the Creation Museum (2) Jul 11, 2018

In my previous post, I introduced my visit to the Creation Museum (CM). Now I turn to some critical remarks.

Critical Comments

For all of my enjoyment, CM is not really a natural...

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Is Genesis History? Oct 14, 2017

In early 2017 (February 23), a new documentary film came out that asks:  Is Genesis History?  (Here is the main website.)  The answer it gives is a resounding...

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