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Friday, October 12, 2007

Friday Five: The B-I-B-L-E



Does everyone remember the old Sunday School song?

The B-I-B-L-E,
Oh, that's the book for me.
I take my stand on the Word of God,
The B-I-B-L-E
.

I have been working on an expansive language version of the Psalms and the Liturgy of the Hours/Divine Office/Breviary. (For you non-liturgical gals and pals, that's a set of prayers for morning, noon, evening, etc., mostly consisting of Psalms and other biblical texts).

So I have been thinking a lot about the Bible recently, and how we encounter it as God's Word--or don't--in our lives, prayer, and ministry. (Great minds think somewhat alike this week, as yesterday's Ask The Matriarch post dealt with ways to help as many people in a community as possible engage with a scriptural text in preparation for Sunday worship).

So, in that spirit, I offer my first Friday Five. I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's experience and reflection on these B-I-B-L-E questions:

1. What is your earliest memory of encountering a biblical text?

2. What is your favorite biblical translation, and why? (You might have a few for different purposes).

3. What is your favorite book of the Bible? Your favorite verse/passage?

4. Which book of the Bible do you consider, in Luther's famous words about James, to be "an epistle of straw?" Which verse(s) make you want to scream?

5. Inclusive language in biblical translation and liturgical proclamation: for, against, or neutral?

Bonus: Back to the Psalms--which one best speaks the prayer of your heart?

Let us know in comments if you play. Post a direct link to your blog entry in your comment using the following formulation:
<a href="the url of your blog post goes here">what you want the link to say goes here</a>
For a complete how-to, click here.

55 comments:

  1. I played here. Sorry about the linking directions showing up as a link instead--hopefully that will be fixed soon.

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  2. Okay, all fixed--good thing I'm married to the god of computing. Go to it, gals and pals...

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  3. B-I-B-L-E

    Thanks for the early posting Laura.Great for us here in Europe!

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  4. Here I am, unable to sleep and in the top ten! See, sometimes insomnia is a blessing! I played here!

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  5. Due to a dog frightened by a NOFunder-storm, though not in Europe, I am up and posting in the middle of the night.

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  6. I played- thought provoking 5 Laura- thanks... here

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  7. I played here and I found a B-I-B-L-E youtube video -- she is so cute so look at it.

    Thank you Mother Laura on your first Friday Five!

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  8. I hope it's okay for me to play! After all, I am a Ministry Dog.

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  9. Wonderful, thought-provoking, first Firday Five, Mother Laura! (But no thanks for the song that will haunt and taunt me now throughout the day!) I played here.

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  10. Since I am sitting in my Bible-less office at the moment, I am going to have to play later today...but I will play!

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  11. It's been a while, but here's myFriday Five for this week.

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  12. it's been a few weeks but i'm
    back!


    this was fun, great first post Mother Laura!

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  13. ...the best part of waking up is foldger's in your cup... ta da!

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  14. I almost forgot to check.
    It's post 200 for me!

    Gratuitous plug (or a plea for help with my homework): anyone got a favorite ministry with a strong web presence? I'm working on a project for my postmodern ecclesiology class. Please leave me a comment at my other blog, Any Way You Slice It. Thanks!

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  15. It's 6:54 am here and 21 people have already posted. Wow! Think I'll just go reading instead of posting!

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  16. Only a little after 9 AM...looks like an early morning for many.

    I added my translation here

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  17. And I thought I was getting an early jump on things...

    I haven't played for awhile, but here goes nothing!

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  18. "When I look at the blogs, the work of all y'all's hands, the answers and thoughts that y'all have established, what is RevScott, that y'all should be mindful of him?"

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  19. I played: www.foraseason.blogspot.com

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  20. I played at my place. I loved the B-I-B-L-E song growing up, only our words were a little different, instead of "I take my stand on the word of God" We sang "I stand alone on the word of God." I like yours better!

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  21. Here's mine, and I'll be back to read later!

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  22. Disagreeing with Luther but agreeing with Sebastian Bach and just now realizing I should've played on my theology blog, so I'll cross-post there later on.

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  23. I'm in here.

    I was way too wordy... but what's new! (she says as she contemplates how she's going to cut an entire page out of the sermon she's just drafted...)

    Great job, Mother Laura.

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  24. I don't know how good mine can be, I am no expert like all of you.
    Here is my good foot forward!

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  25. hey Jill!
    I have a whole slew of taunting songs to sing from my early days!
    They get stuck in your head and ya can't get 'em out...
    All day, all night Angels watching over me My Lord! All nigth, all Day, angels watching over me.
    For Now....
    B-I-B-L-E

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  26. I just want to tell reverendmother, I cannot view your site. The firewall here thinks your site is a gambling site. So basically anyone in the military that is in theater cannot look at your website. Just so you know.

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  27. I played. Kind of late, but I played.

    RevHRod

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  28. And more importantly, thank you Mother Laura. This made me think! Which is good since I am in my office wanting to fall asleep in my chair. Nice first five!

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  29. They always say that "third time's the charm," so I'm hoping that I'll get the link here this time. The last two tries didn't work, and I don't know why! There's no "computer god" here at home right now. . . .

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  30. I finally got my Friday Five done. And -- hey -- I put in a plug for the muchly underappreciated Book of Jonah.

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  31. Y'all are so awesome...I am having a blast visiting everyone's place.

    CPClergymama, I think your version of the song is the normal one, actually--not sure if I heard the other one somewhere or just made it up at some point.

    revhrod--your link didn't seem to work; now that I am caught up on reading I will try to go fix it. Can't wait for your first FF next week :-).

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  32. Let's see if this works for revhrod's play.

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  33. Okay, we're good for revhrod. Let's see if this link works for net.

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  34. I'm really late with this... had a wedding in another state today and just got back to the Bible

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  35. I am H-E-R-E
    and a little late because I am home from seminary modular week... and dog tired at that...

    Deb

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  36. A mere 3 days late, I'm finally back at the computer and wanted to join in.

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  37. I got behind on my blog reading and posting. I played here.

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