“Did not our hearts burn…”

“Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ – Luke 24:25-32 NRSV

In many traditions of the church, the lector (reader of Scripture within worship), often concludes the reading of the prescribed Scripture with theses words, “The word of God for the people of God.” The congregation concludes with the expected response, “Thanks be to God.” For generations the Scripture has carried this understanding with it; God’s word to his people. Reading it is intended to be a communal act. The ekklesia (or church) have received and cherished the Scriptures and hence sought to understood how it applies to them, that is, the body of Christ.

Private and individualistic reading, however, has tended to dominate the evangelical tradition for decades and has been aided by academically-driven dissection of the Bible and it’s various components. No longer is the Scriptures the Word of God for the people of God, but has become the Word of God for the person of God, the individual. The ecclesiastical reading of Scripture has mostly been ejected from most evangelical traditions in the 20th and 21st century. Hensoma (gr. hen soma = one body) is dedicated to reading Scripture as one body and “seeking His face continually” (Psalm 105:4).

This new blog direction will seek to be faithful to the Word of God while taking into consideration the people God, or more specifically, those who have interpreted the word of God within the one body of Christ. Narrowly, I will choose to interact more closely with the patristic reading of Scripture though will also take time to address the one body more broadly as the opportunity (and need) allows. The previous title of this blog, Paradidomi, was a project to catalog my journey through seminary and the changes that took place. The new focus will seek to highlight my growing interests in patristic exegesis and the desire to place the Bible back into the hands of the church. My pray and desire for Hensoma is that this project would serve to promote a return of Scripture as the word of God for the people of God in the evangelical tradition. I pray you would join me in this journey.

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