We don’t need sanitized Scripture

Beth Caplin – Stories, not simple answers

Sarahbeth Caplin

aaron-burden-651693-unsplashYou’ve probably seen it before: the Instagram photo of a Bible study, complete with a cup of coffee (maybe the mug has a Psalm or Proverb printed on it in swirly script) and open journal (the cover of which is probably embossed with something like “For I know the plans I have for you”).

I can’t judge too harshly, because I’ve done that before. I even own a leather journal with that verse from Jeremiah 29 on the cover. For years, I sat down for my “quiet time” and prayed for God to reveal himself to me, to reach me through his Word, and show me how to apply the what I was reading to my daily life.

I don’t read the Bible that way anymore. I haven’t stopped seeking God, but I’ve learned over time, thanks to a renewed interest in studying Christianity’s Jewish roots, that this way of…

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