04 Whats the Bible All About… wuddya know?

There is an analogy (I think that’s the right word) that use from time to time to illustrate how different people view the same thing… and see something unique.  I can’t lay claim to the analogy, but it will be employed none the less.


It uses baseball to make a point.


Three pitches.


Three different umpires making the call.


Three different approaches to calling the strike.


Umpire number 1 claims that a strike is a strike simply because: well… a strike is a strike.


Umpire number 2 claims that a strike is a  strike simply because: it’s… the way he sees it.


Umpire number 3 claims that a strike is actually not a strike: until… he calls it a strike.


People approach the Bible much the same way that our above mentioned umpires approach baseball.


Some people claim that the Bible says it… I believe it… that settles it.


Some people claim that the Bible is what it is… because its what its always been to them.


Some people claim that the Bible is what it is… because what they see and feel finds its way into the text.


Because I told you in the last post that I am not going to make judgements about where you are at in your journey… I’m not going to close off or say that you’re wrong for camping out in one of those claims above… or maybe you move from one claim to another as time and life and maturity and circumstances cause you to wake up anew every day.


I have had access to the Bible most of my life.  From attending a Catholic school through most of my elementary school years… to Baptist Sunday School and VBS with the neighbors… to a time of independent wandering with the Scriptures where I mixed it with Buddhism and New Age philosophy… to the study of ministry and spiritual formation in major Christian universities… as a pastor and as a laymen…


I’ve read all kinds of books… studied under all kinds of people…


Had donuts with the fundamentalists… smoked cigars with the progressives…


Led Bible studies through an interpreter in a third world orphanage… prayed with porn stars at conventions in Los Angeles…


Quietly read Bible passages to people in rural America as they took their last breath… shared a few words of the Book with pimps at two in the morning in South Central…


Experienced great success in local ministry… and not ever wanted to go to a church again…


Sometimes feeling as if I were exactly where I needed to be… other times alone in a spiritual darkness.


All the while… at home in some way between the covers of these sacred texts.


My journey began before I was even born… but, that’s more philosophical than I want to go right now…


Instead… I’m going to start with a Psalm… that touched a nerve in me in my early twenties… that validated something I had felt for a long time… and still feel to this day…


We were created to know… and be known…

A Couple Feet in this Corner

Spring is here.  There were several moments in recent weeks that I wasn’t quite sure if we were ever going to see the snow leave the yard.  It was so deep… and Michigan can have this tendency to tease a bit.  A relatively warm day in the upper 40’s one day… then back down into the teens the next.  It is a test of endurance… and sanity.


Yesterday, we were able to take our first short walk in the woods together, without the worry of snow leaving its mark on our steps.

With the walk, came the first… hand in hand… pause in the middle of the woods… where we were able to let the quiet settle over us in the form of a breeze through the trees, and the finding of the ground beneath our feet.  Consider this:

The earth has a surface area of 196,950,000 Sq. miles.  Of that, the ground itself covers  57,510,000 Sq. miles.  

The universe is estimated to be 93 billion light years across. That is 879,847,933,950,014,400,000,000 km, or 546,712,159,497,257,716,145,164.8 miles. 


2,885,901,223,355,803,200,000,000,000 feet 


34,630,814,680,269,638,400,000,000,000 inches 


87,962,269,287,884,881,536,000,000,000 cm 


879,622,692,878,848,815,360,000,000,00… mm 


879,622,692,878,848,815,360,000,000,00… nm 


879,622,692,878,848,815,360,000,000,00… ym (yoctometers) 


879.8479339500144 Ym (Yottameters) 

and… once you get the light year measurements you can do almost anything with it.

For instance, if we were to lay unsharpened #2 pencils all the way across the universe it would take: 

4,617,441,957,369,285,120,000,000,000 of them. Yeah! 

And let’s try a battery. 

It would take: 

17,315,407,340,134,819,200,000,000,000 of them! 

If these were duracell AA batteries this would be: 

25,973,111,010,202,228,800,000,000,000 volts! 

That is enough to light: 
216,442,591,751,685,240,000,000,000 light bulbs! (If there was no resistance) 

Ok… that was random… and is probably off a bit… because, like love… the universe is always expanding and will never truly be measured… but…

All that to say… we are grateful for the couple of square feet that we can share holding each other under the trees in this little corner of the universe.  Happy spring.