Sitz im Leben: Understanding Scripture in Context

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Context makes all the difference in properly understanding the scriptures. The German phrase sitz im leben, meaning “setting in life”, stresses that biblical interpretation must consider the social context for which a text was purposed and in which it was designed to function. Proper contextual understanding will keep one from error and from developing an eccentric theology. Continue reading “Sitz im Leben: Understanding Scripture in Context”

My Top 10 in the Bible

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What are you favorite parts of the Bible? What draws you back again and again? The Bible is a marvelous anthology written by men and touched by God. It never bores. We should be thankful that we get to read the completed canon in our own language, something many people never got to do, if only because they were illiterate.

Selecting my best parts of the Bible was not easy. Yet this is what I present to you now and encourage you to consider what most intrigues you in biblical history. Continue reading “My Top 10 in the Bible”

Meet Cutter Mattock

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Do you have a favorite tool? Is it an outdoor or indoor tool? Manual, automatic, or digital—didn’t think of that, did ya? Although I consider myself a bona fide city-boy, I love nature and I like getting out in it. My favorite tool is a cutter mattock—doesn’t that sound like it might be your uncle in the country? “You know, Uncle Cutter said the wind took down Cousin Mable’s ole spook elm the other ni-igh-t.”

A cutter mattock is the combination of an axe and an adze blade.

I like the cutter mattock (there are other types) because it’s a simple tool that is very useful outdoors. I’ve used it and a bow rake alone to transform a property of dense brush into bare ground. It will unearth the toughest root balls and fell small trees. I’ve even lopped off the heads of a few snakes with it. Continue reading “Meet Cutter Mattock”