Lent Bookclub Part 22: Praying the Bible for your local community

Chapter 10: Scripture; Part 2: Justice and Kingdom

How do you take the words of the Bible, a collection of writings from centuries ago, and apply them to the place where you live today? What is culture, what is context and what is timeless? How do you shape Prayers which sow eternal God-truth into your local community such that the place is transformed?

Well, this podcast gets nowhere near to answering any of those questions, but it does throw a few thoughts into the mix which you might find it helpful to ponder.

And if you can get any nearer to answering those questions in the comments, please do!

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Lent Bookclub Part 21: Reading the Bible with all 5 senses

Chapter 10: Scripture; Part 1: Power and Promise

One of the biggest struggles I’ve had with prayer over the years is how to keep praying in and through and with the Bible. Don’t get me wrong: I read the Bible regularly and love it a lot, but I’ve found it so easy just to glide over it, or to be too familiar with it, or to hear what I’ve always heard. It’s been a quest of mine to find ways to keep myself fresh and open to the Scriptures, and although the vast majority of credit here goes to the Holy Spirit of course, I’ve found this little pattern of the 5 senses really helpful.

Have a listen and let me know your thoughts. Also, tell me what works for you. How do you engage with the Bible when you pray?

An interview I did for UCB2 Radio

Here’s a link to an interview I did for UCB a couple of weeks ago. It was a long chat – almost an hour – and it covered a vast range of subjects … everything from white canes to grief and disappointment!

Lent Bookclub Part 8: The wonder of stories

Chapter 3: Listening; Part 2: Listening with the Senses

This chunk of the book is mostly about listening to God with our senses, and I figure that’s quite familiar to many of you, but I do delve a little into the sixth sense … no, not seeing dead people … the sense of imagination. If our five physical senses tell us about the world around us, then our imagination tells us about the world as it could be, and if you’re a follower of jesus, that’s quite an important sense to develop, because he was all about imagining a better, brighter, kinder world and then living it into reality.

This episode of the podcast is me talking more about imagination and the importance of story. We learn to love stories when we’re young because God speaks through them. And we still need them now, to help us hear him telling us the sorts of things he wants to tell us.

And there’s a little challenge at the end to do with remembering stories you loved as a child … so why not comment below and tell us what your favourite story was and why you loved it.

https://anchor.fm/lyndall-bywater/episodes/The-wonder-of-stories-Chapter-3-Part-2-e3gj6s