Preface to Studies in Scripture
Let me be clear: I am not a pastor. I am not a Biblical scholar. I didn't go to Bible school or anything like that. I am a guy with a normal job, raising kids, reading the Bible, and writing down his thoughts. I am not even especially well read in Biblical literature.
That being said, let me be clear about something else: I don't think any of the above credentials that I don't have would make a lick of difference. the Bible isn't for pastors. the Bible isn't for scholars. the Bible is for God's people. It is for normal folks with normal jobs, tasing kids and trying to read the Bible. It requires no supplementary literature.
Before I began my "Studies in Scripture" blog in 2016, I put some thought into how I should write it. I considered writing as one who writes a journal: sharing my thoughts and question in a narrative format and spilling all of my ideas. While I felt this approach may be more humble and human, I also felt it would be disorganized and practically unreadable. Ultimately, I decided the blog should be a compilation of my organized thoughts, to be published only after much meditation on each topic. I actually spend weeks and sometimes even months on each entry. I consider passages throughout the entire Bible before I finally hone my ideas I focus and refocus my writing until I believe it is as concise as I can make it. While my efforts at least produce a far more organized result, I sometimes fear the writing may sound authoritative or ultimate. On the contrary, one's pursuit of truth should be ongoing.
When you read my "Studies in Scripture" you should take it with a grain of salt, not because I am lacking credentials, but because you yourself are no less qualified. You should study it yourself and make your own conclusions. I only hope my writing glorifies God, leads no one astray, and may even inspire its readers to consider possibilities they never considered before.