Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 16-MAY-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Dr M. Lake, Dr J. Raftery, Rev Dr G. Elsden
Easter 7 – 'The Bible and you ...' – This 'sermon' was a discussion around the topic of "The Bible and you ...", with three participants – Dr Meredith Luke, a historian of religion, society and culture, and frequently heard on ABC Radio; Dr Judith Raftery, historian, author, and a senior lecturer in Public Health; and the Rev Dr Greg Elsdon, the Minister of the Word at Pilgrim Church and for many years a theological college lecturer. It was observed how all Christians can agree that the Bible is the word of the living God, but there are often different ways of understanding the meaning of a given text. The Bible is a difficult book. Back in the 1950s it was found that biblical literacy was very poor. Even among preachers of long standing there can be a lack of awareness of the stories in the Bible, let alone what they mean. An uninterpreted text is both useless and dangerous; and when you misquote a text taken out of its original context, you can make that text mean whatever you want it to mean. In reading and using the Bible, we are urged to be humble, to be wary of certitude, and to be encouraged for the Bible to speak to us, to be gospel for us, and to be a living word for us. We always have to be ready for it to surprise us, to say something new, and to move us from where we are.

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