The ‘Already Relevant Bible’ (ARB)May 12, 2009
In these days of countless new versions of the bible, I’m coining a new version of my own: the ‘Already Relevant Bible’ (ARB). I’m being inspired by a quote from John Kitchen which I came across in my study of Nehemiah chapter 8 last week:
“Clarity should be the goal of every preacher and every sermon. Clarity is different from relevance. I don’t aim to make the Bible relevant. It is already more relevant than I could ever make it. The Bible is the most relevant book in the world, because it has been written by the timeless, unchanging God. No teacher makes the Bible relevant. His highest aim is to clearly expose its relevance to those who are listening. That resulting clarity leads to changed lives.” .
(John Kitchen, Revival in The Rubble, 167)