Why do I write about the Bible? The flowers of truth in the Bible are oftentimes obscured by the weeds of human opinion. And working the garden requires patience, lest in the weeding, the flower itself becomes damaged. Given the massive size of this garden and the abundance of its flowers, the time-constrained gardener focuses his efforts where he figures he can do the most good and the least harm. But when, in the kindness and providence of God, the blazing heat of the noontime sun and the conditions of the soil conspire to give that gardener an unsought opportunity to remove some particularly noxious weeds which had choked at some particularly beautiful flowers, he only insults a gracious God and those who love flowers if he does not act.
The flowers that I present to you in this blog – at least some of them – have certainly suffered in the shadow of much human opinion. In the simple labor of seeking to know Jesus these flowers came to my attention. I pass them on to you having thoroughly weighed the gravity of bringing forth teaching which, at least in some instances, contradicts many long-held opinions.
But if it is wrong to pop off one’s mouth with every new Bible insight he thinks he has received (and it is), it is also wrong to remain silent when God has graciously blown away the fog of a long-standing confusion. Even if some of the positions offered on my blogs are new to some ears, they have the merit that they are far more consistent with the Bible, God’s faithfulness, and Jesus’ honor than the positions which they refute. And so the newness has to do not with something different and strange, but with the newness of His mercies…which never end.
None of us ever labors for God alone. We are beneficiaries of those who’ve labored before us and around us. The only way I know that I can begin to repay the incalculable debt I owe to the many who’ve helped me to see what I see in the Bible is to set forth as clearly as I can what I have seen.
Join with me, as I have joined with others, in living life at the feet of Jesus who loves us all and to whom we indeed owe everything.