October 25, 2020

RLP: “There’s Something About The Way You Use The Bible.”

Real Live Preacher penned this short piece in July of 2005. It’s typical of why I admire RLP as one of the finest writers in the Christian blogosphere.

“There’s Something About The Way You Use The Bible.”

Thank you, Gordon.


  1. Histrion (Jay H) says

    Hallelujah! It’s so nice to find other people who understand. Xanga doesn’t offer Trackbacks so I’ll just have to link to it the old-fashioned way. 🙂

  2. This article really hit me hard. I’ve been facing some persecution recently over some comments I have made that weren’t intended to be anything other than observations and I have been close to acting the same way as my adversaries are acting. This article helpedget my thoughts back on track. Thank you for posting it.

  3. Could it be said that us “control freaks” often miss the point that the Bible is really a book about Who really is in control and a Divine offer for us to stop trying to be in control?

    I think I have just realized this: Most people want to read the Bible and still be in control. And then we teach others and make them religious zealots “transforming our nation” because “we are going to be in control”. It just won’t work because that is not the point of the Book.

    Thanks for the post. It helped me crystalize something that has been brewing within me.

  4. rlp is a great preacher and writer – though recenlyt his posts haven’t spoken to me as much as earlier.

    But this one was good 🙂

    this is perhaps my favourite part of it
    You cannot abide, so you will not abide. You will not abide the journey. Arriving is all you want, and the bible is some kind of shortcut for you. You seem to be cutting corners and covering your tracks with memorized verses. You enter every room with a blast of pretty Jesus words and a lot of fast talking.

    you see for me relationship with God is spending time with HIm, not merely his written word. Time with HIm helps me understand (a bit!) the nuances and it definitely helps me to learn to apply my faith in the here and now, the everyday routine and the mundane as well as the highs.

    thanks for reminding me of this post