Study methods & disciplines

A Devotional Scope on “A Lively Hope”

Paul and I spent 24 days at Mick and Lilly’s in The Villages, Florida recently, helping them settle in at their new home. (Note previous post. Scroll down to see some pictures.)

Now, we are at The Good Samaritan Mission in Florida (in the Sun City Center area) where Paul is helping them move their store front office back to the mission property (long story). I help in smaller ways, such as putting stamps on letters, making meals, and interacting with folks. Yesterday, I helped with a little tea luncheon for a new volunteer. Sweet fellowship with just three ladies. Lots of action around here. (Scroll down to see some pictures.)

Whether in The Villages or here at Good Samaritan’s, I find it hard to carve out sufficient study-write time. I keep losing my momentum, but I know I need to be involved in the needs of the situation around me. That’s why we’re here. I love the people….

Today’s post will be simpler than the last post. I made the previous one too complicated. I hope you are patient with me!

I’ve been pouring over the book of I Peter again, which has so much to say about suffering and joy. Today, I’d like to consider some observations and reflections mainly on I Peter 1: 3 ( in context through verse 9) which speaks of a “lively hope,” as it is so intriguingly worded in the KJV. What is a “lively hope”?

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Christian Spirituality: A 12 Verse Dance OR A 12 Point Framework

A dance sounds much more interesting than a framework. Dancers listen and move —  responsively and actively. A framework, like a musical score, sets direction and boundaries for the movements. The dance attracts, offering adventure, while the framework protects, offering wisdom and security.

Before we begin a new series, I want to close (for now) this series on spirituality.  In this series, I didn’t move well enough from abstraction to illustration these six months, but I do not want to take more space and time to move in that direction.

Today, I’m going to present a chart to you, based on the framework I began in draft form on April 10 and July 11. I’ve revised, added references, and expanded points up to an even dozen. I was tempted to add more, but you can!

I hope you find the chart useful. Read the Scriptures after each point. Lots of rich food there! The points may seem basic or obvious to many of you, but when you read the passages, the points no longer seem basic. These Scriptures should move your heart!

You can print the chart and use it as a Bible study, exploring the given Scriptures and adding more references. You may want to Continue reading

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Genre, Genre, What are You? (Plus a Gabe update)

Are we there yet?

You mean, at the end of this series? No! It’s taking me a long time to get through it because I do not post every week. So, I’ll see if I can up the pace on this series about being a good reader and a self-discipler.

We’re on point two of six points on The Reader-Navigator’s Map.* Point 1 is Biblical Literacy (both the anchor and rudder) and point 2 is Genre Identity (the ship’s hull). As the ship’s hull, I see an understanding of a book’s (or a writing selection’s) genre as some ballast in my ship (my mind) giving me balance and perspective, essential to reasonable interpretation, analysis, and appreciation.

Don’t you love to learn and to read? I doubt you would read my blog otherwise. Since we must be rather brief (a book I am not writing here), I would like to offer a smattering of quotations from some expert readers along with some commentary to help us consider the impact of genre (categorization of literature) when reading.

I’m sure  you view writing as a craft. Writers are sometimes called wordsmiths. Have you ever thought of reading as a craft? This is not my idea. A fascinating thought! Who said it? Continue reading

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