A Good Way to Read and Apply the Bible

Reverend Francis RitchieBible

Bible

I’m a minister, not a Bible scholar (though a minister must have some basic tools for reading, interpreting, and applying scripture) but I was involved in a discussion recently where ‘progressive revelation’ (in relation to the Bible) was used to argue the case for a changing approach to a certain hot-button issue. From what I could gather, the understanding of … Read More

Making Sense of Noah

Reverend Francis RitchieMiscellany

Noah

A little while ago I was sitting at the table with my wife and 8 year old daughter. It was dinner time and our daughter had her new Bible with her. It’s an NIV and she was excited about it because it’s her first full Bible, so she wanted to read some of it at the table. She decided she wanted to … Read More

My Love for the Book of Job

Reverend Francis RitchieBible

Job

Since some experiences in 2012 that deconstructed my faith and created a big shift in my approach to life, I’ve fallen in love with the Psalms in the Bible, and also the book of Job. During that year I had an experience with the book of Job at a monastery. That experience has imprinted it within me and the impression it … Read More

Proverbs 31:9 ‘Judge Fairly’

Reverend Francis RitchieSpiritual Disciplines

Crucifix

In my current context Proverbs 31:8-9 are used often to remind all of our responsibility to advocate for the voiceless and to stand up for those who are poor and oppressed. The verses say this: Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights … Read More

Psalm 29: God in the Thunder

Reverend Francis RitchieMiscellany, Psalms

Psalm 29

Psalm 29 offers something powerful. It’s no secret that intentional and mindful silence is one of the central practices of my life. It can be too easy to associate that practice with a tame view of God – a safe view of God, and connect it to images such as those given in 1 Kings 19:12 where God is present … Read More

Psalm 28: Let it Go

Reverend Francis RitchieBible, Psalms, Spiritual Disciplines

Psalm 28

The other morning I was praying and there was a frustration I needed to get out so I took the chance to lay a dark part of myself out there. I expressed to God in no uncertain terms that there was something I wasn’t happy about and I told him how I felt about those involved and what I wished … Read More

The Trinitarian Banquet

Reverend Francis RitchieBible

Banquet

I’m probably very late to the party with this, but I’m doing some work around the parable of the great banquet in Luke’s gospel (Luke 14:15-24) that must be read in conjunction with the account of Jesus at the Pharisee’s house that precedes it. I’m studying it as it forms the foundation of TEAR Fund’s next focus that runs across … Read More