We have already noted that modern Bible readers must deal honestly with the differences between the cosmology of biblical times and the modern world.
It soon becomes obvious when immersed in the Bible that the worldview emerging from the biblical text is not that of most modern readers.
We have already identified the Modern Era as roughly encompassing the 17th to the 20th centuries.
It has been my intention for quite some time now to begin a series of essays about how we should read the Bible today.
There is a building that wants to take over my community and the world! That building is the Seven Oaks Mall [or if you have "mall envy" pick any mall near you, it will do just as well].
More and more people work and shop in big boxes on the edge of small towns and cities across the world. Where I live in Steinbach, most everything you want to buy is found on the fringes of our city in big boxes.
In a four-part interview series conducted by CBC entitled, The Corruption of Christianity, Ivan Illich makes the impassioned assertion that the institutionalization of Christianity has debased it in profound ways.
Charles Dickens begins The Tale of Two Cities by stating that “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” I think this is an apt description of what is happening in our world today.
As I listened recently to a good sermon Terry Hiebert was delivering, the short sentence quoted above grabbed my attention.
A few weeks ago I had an epiphany of sorts as I was preparing Christmas cards to be given to our church friends.