Filed under: 40 Days
Yesterday was weigh-in. I’m 204. I knocked off another 5 bringing my grand total to 10 pounds total. I think what’s funny about the whole thing is that last year during the cleanse it was all about losing weight and making my body feel amazing. By Day 21 last year during the cleanse, I felt a spiritual awakening that I was not expecting. This year, I planned it the other way around. I really wanted this time to be a spiritual time. And without even knowing it my body let go of 10 pounds of blubber. Weird.
I finished reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Great book. It’s going to be a movie this October. I never thought I’d be one of those guys that says it but I will: “Read the book before you see the movie.”
I just started The Challenge of Jesus by N.T. Wright. Only 15 pages in, and it’s solid. I leave you with this:
“Many Jesus scholars of the last two centuries have, of course, thrown Scripture out of the window and reconstructed a Jesus quite different from what we find in the New Testament. But the proper answer to that approach isn’t simply to reassert that because we believe in the Bible we don’t need to ask fresh questions about Jesus. As with God, so with the Bible; just because our tradition tells us that the Bible says and means one thing or another, that doesn’t excuse us from the hard task of studying it afresh, in the light of the best knowledge we have about its world and context, to see whether these things are indeed so. For me, the dynamic of a commitment to Scripture is not, ‘We believe the Bible, so there’s nothing more to be learnt’, but rather, ‘We believe the Bible, so we’d better discover all the things in it to which our traditions, including our “Protestant” or “evangelical” traditions, which have supposed themselves to be “biblical” but are sometimes demonstrably not, have made us blind.’ And this process of rethinking will include the hard and often threatening question, whether some things that our traditions have taken as ‘literal’ should be seen as ‘metaphorical’, and perhaps also vice versa – and, if so, which ones. “
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