Let me just go ahead and get this out in the open:
I am an English teacher.
Which means that, yes, I am crazy about all the books and writings you had to slog through in high school. I love it all–from Shakespeare and Chaucer right on up to Hemingway and Fitzgerald and beyond.
It also means that I approach the Bible like an English teacher, searching out the wisdom, beauty, poetry, history, numerology, to be revealed in its pages. And so much is revealed: the deep things of God, prayers of an ancient people, heroic deeds and misadventures of cultural icons, wooing words to a beloved, visions from another realm, practical instructions for institutional administration.
But don’t let this scare you off: In his first letter to Timothy, Paul sends words of encouragement, instructing Timothy on the mindset fitting for kingdom work and reminding him that the Lord does not give his followers a spirit of fear but “of power and of a love and of a sound mind.”
Because of this gift of a fearless spirit, Paul goes on to say that Timothy need not “be ashamed of the testimony of the Lord” but could share in God’s calling, grace, purpose, and even sufferings. Paul then circles back around to urge Timothy to “hold fast to the pattern of sound words…in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.”
So that is all this blog attempts to do: To hold fast to the pattern of sound words in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
Which doesn’t sound too scary. Even coming from an English teacher.
AUTHOR [a third-person profile]
Hilary Brooke Hall lives with her family in North Carolina. Until the day she gets it all together, she is leaning on the Lord (and Dr. Pepper).
She has a B.A. in graphic design from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in English/Creative Writing from North Carolina State University.
She does NOT profess to be a Bible scholar or an expert. In anything. At all.
Hilary Brooke Hall also authors cloverandpine.com, a blog that features original graphic design and writings about about the American South, music, and other sociocultural topics.
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