So, I'm not a theological conservative. That probably comes across in pretty much everything I write, but I thought I should say it. I believe myself to be orthodox, however, and hold to those things which the Church expresses in the catholic creeds. I also have a relatively 'high' theology regarding the inspiration of Scripture.
But I am not a Biblical literalist, nor do I hold to a doctrine of the infallibility of Scripture. I can't. The Bible is too rich, too deep, too difficult, too flawed for that. And by flawed I mean I understand it to be the record of human beings trying to make sense of God at work. It has the breath of the Spirit blowing through it's words and on every page, but when we try and make sense of God there is a chance we will go awry.... 'Hey lets condemn (and or murder) pretty much everyone who isn't in our tribe, that's obviously what God wants' kind of awry. And if we study this book carefully then we see that ideas develop, things change, people learn more, and grow, and experience God in new ways and so their understanding grows. Of course we don't have our Bibles laid out in chronological order and divided up by editorial structure which would help us in understanding that, but that's a post for another day - like this one: A Big Bible Overview
This is all a preamble to last Sunday's sermon, which was on the readings the C of E commonly associates with Bible Sunday. In the Anglican Church of Canada it was simply Pentecost 22....
This is God's Story, Our Story, Everyone's Story, the recorded version of last Sunday's sermon should be below, if not, please click here:
And for the record, the reason for the title was a response to this sermon which came from someone I hold a deep affection for, but who cannot accept that each word of Scripture did not drop straight from the mind of God to the pen of the writer. This man has an admirable desire to share the love and light of Christ, and knows the Bible well. I stick with what I said in the sermon though - I sincerely believe there is only one Word of God and he is Jesus Christ. Scripture contains the words we have been given to discover the Word.