We all come to the Bible with our own perspectives, insights and blind spots, which is why reading Scripture with others is vital. But often the groups we are part of come from similar cultural backgrounds. Are there things we could be missing?
‘Reading the Bible with the Global Church: Opening our eyes to see how God speaks worldwide’ was the title of Eddie Arthur’s Annual Lecture in Bible and Mission, given here at Redcliffe College.
Eddie is Executive Director of Wycliffe Bible Translators UK. That evening he brought to us a wealth of experience and insight, drawing on wide reading and deep, humble reflection on God’s Word and God’s worldwide Church.
This issue of Encounters focuses on Eddie’s paper, which is replicated in full as the opening article. We also asked a number of friends from around the globe to offer responses from their own perspectives, which form the remaining articles.
Our thanks, of course, goes to Eddie for delivering the original lecture, and to the respondents who gave it their careful consideration. I’d also like to acknowledge the partner organisations who sponsored the lecture: Wycliffe Bible Translators, Bible Society, and Keswick Ministries.
And finally, if your own context is not including among the respondents, why not drop me a line and help the conversation to grow further?
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Article 1: Reading the Bible with The Global Church
(Eddie Arthur, words 6024) PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion
Article 2: Reading the Bible with The Global Church – A Response from the UK
(David Spriggs, words 1834) PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion
Article 3: Reading the Bible with The Global Church – A Response from the US
(Brian Russel, 1450 words ) PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion
Article 4: Reading the Bible with The Global Church – A Response from Uganda
(Wankuma Abel Kibbedi, words 1177) PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion
Article 5: Reading the Bible with The Global Church – A Response from Malaysia
(Anthony Loke, words 992) PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion
And finally, a single PDF of the whole issue. Ideal for using offline or to make printing easier.
Issue 44 (pdf 314KB)