Pres. Reagan at his Best

The Magnificat

I always come back to this passage every year about this time. What God did Mary as a human being is worthy of reflection. It calls to my heart: “what is your stance, your view?” All ends in worship of the Magnificent!

This year I explored these thoughts from the Message. For context it helps to start in verse 25.

Reformation

“The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellar full of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two-hundred proof Grace–bottle after bottle of pure distilate of Scripture, one sip of which would convince anyone that God saves us single-handedly. The word of the Gospel–after all those centuries of trying to lift yourself into heaven by worrying about the perfection of your bootstraps–suddenly turned out to be a flat announcement that the saved were home before they started…Grace has to be drunk straight: no water, no ice, and certainly no ginger ale; neither goodness, nor badness, not the flowers that bloom in the spring of super spirituality could be allowed to enter into the case.” 

Robert Farrar Capon, Between Noon & Three: Romance, Law & the Outrage of Grace

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Questions: a New Tool for Daily Devotions

Jonathan Petersen Content manager for Bible Gateway

Brian J. Wright, author of Inspired Questions

Even as a boy, Jesus used inquiry to prompt people’s thinking: ‘After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions’ (Luke 2:46). We turn to the Bible for answers, but it actually is also full of questions: ‘For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?’ (Matthew 5:46); ‘What must I do to be saved?’ (Acts 16:30); ‘Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?’ (Romans 8:35).

Bible Gateway interviewed Brian J. Wright (@brianjwrightphd) about his book, Inspired Questions: A Year’s Journey Through the New Testament (Christian Focus, 2019).

Read more about the impact of questions in the Bible.