Shortly after the resurrection, Jesus joined two disciples on their way to the town of Emmaus. They did not recognize him and invited him to have supper with them. The Gospel of Luke reports that after Jesus had joined them at the table, “he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them” (Luke 24:30 – 32). Suddenly they recognized Jesus and exclaimed: “Were not our hearts burning with us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Have you experienced this “burning” of the heart? I remember so well when I first experienced this as a teenager at a camp meeting. When Jesus opens the Scriptures our hearts are touched by the Holy Spirit. John Wesley (1703-1791) reported that his heart “was strangely warmed” after hearing a sermon based on Luther’s commentary on Romans.
For many years I have had the privilege of studying and teaching the Bible. It is my desire to share the Word with a broader group of people and I am now publishing a regular discussion piece (blog). It is not a monologue, but a forum for sharing insights and encouraging each other. I am focusing on three topics:
Please visit my blog regularly at petergrabe.com. And please take part in the discussion!
With all best wishes!
As a theologian and author in the twenty-first century it is a privilege to be part of a long tradition of learning in the Christian church. Augustine formulated the approach of thousands through
the centuries with the words, credo ut intelligam ("I believe in order to understand"). Anselm of Canterbury expressed the same attitude with the statement, fides quaereus intellectum
("faith seeking understanding").
This passage from Scripture has always been a great encouragement to me:
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:1-2, NIV).
My books and articles are my service to you. It gives me great joy to hear about small groups discussing them and pastors preaching from them!
Once again, welcome!
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