Approaching Formative Scripture Reading with Both Head and Heart

Issler, Klaus
May 2012
Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care;Spring2012, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p117
Academic Journal
Scripture continues to play a very important role in my formative walk with God, yet keeping both "head" and "heart" in my Scripture reading and study has been a challenge. Two helpful insights for me involved, first, identifying two distinct but complimentary approaches to Scripture-analytical reading and meditative reading-and, second, intentionally welcoming both approaches as I read and study Scripture. In this reflective essay I describe aspects of my journey and engagement with Scripture, clarifying my understanding of these two approaches to Scripture, and sharing some of the fruit both approaches have yielded for me-including a meditative poem from an episode in Jesus's ministry.


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