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"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." - 2 Timothy 3:16,17



Why didn’t God behave like a good Evangelical and say that “All Scripture is inerrant and infallible”? Surely God believed in the inerrancy of Scripture!? If not, what would we believe in? Wouldn’t it be foolish to believe that a document riddled with textual variants, internal inconsistencies, and historical contradictions could lead women and men to saving grace?



Yes. It would be utterly absurd. ”But we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles” (1 Cor. 1:23). 



When Scripture is described as God-breathed, something much bigger is going on. In Genesis 2: God breathes into humanity’s nostrils, pumping blood into our stone hearts, transforming us into living beings. By the breath, we are dignified. We are incorporated into God’s plan for the world. Yet even “in the Beginning” we were fallible. One page later we proved this by denying the very source of Life and fracturing the perfect community God had created.



God does not use flawless creations to accomplish his will; God uses powerlessness to witness to perfect power, foolishness to reveal perfect truth, and broken cisterns to point to living water. God-breathed never meant to be infallible. God-breathed meant to be intimate with the Father, in a profound and transformative relationship with the one who gives Life. God-breathed means to have God’s spirit. We have been given God’s breath, the Holy Spirit of God, in order that we might proclaim good news to the poor and freedom for the prisoners.



God uses a tired, old book to accomplish his will. Over the last few centuries, critics of all kinds have proven that the Bible is not superlative in any discernible way; the Bible is not the best account of ancient history or even a very consistent guide for living morally. It is filled with characters who are deeply flawed and seem to mess up more than they get things right. Yet God poured his own Spirit into it. We do not believe the Bible because we have examined it and found it to be without fault. We believe the Bible because a man who was once dead is now alive and in the Bible we find “the very Scriptures that testify about [him]” (John 5:39). 



Our task is not to convince the world that it is illogical for them to reject Christ. “I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments” (Col. 2:4). Our message is foolishness. Our task is to testify that the Lord has done something inconceivable: God became fallen man in order that humanity might be with God once more. Our task is not to convince the world that the Bible is the perfect document, somehow unmarred by human hands. Our task is to testify to the Perfect One whose name is written across its pages. 



We are to bring life to the world through the same breath by which God gave us new life. 

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Shakey Graves at the Jefferson Theater, November 17th, 2013 

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Edinburgh

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Last Week in Dublin

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Tallaght, the town I worked in for two months this Summer. Took these pictures on my lunch break my last day there.

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Rome pt. 2

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Rome pt. 1

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Connemara

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Trip to the Cliffs of Moher. It was blazing hot; we felt like we were trekking through Spain more so than Ireland.

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Galway City