Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Scripture like you've never heard it before

This 11 minute video clip is really tremendous. A man named Ryan Ferguson quotes Hebrews chapters 9 and 10 from memory. That in itself is neat, but the way in which he quotes them is incredible. These chapters are what we would normally think of as theologically “heavy”, but when he gets to 10:23 the audience cannot restrain their applause, not for him, but for the message of the Bible itself.

He “preaches” the text with such enthusiasm and clarity that you at first think “He must be using one of those modern translations that ‘spice up’ the Bible to make it sound more interesting.” But no, he’s using the ESV, which is definitely toward the “literal” end of the translation spectrum, more literal than the KJV in fact. (See for a handy comparison chart of Bible translations, if you’re interested.)

The reason why Hebrews 9 and 10 “come alive” when Ryan quotes them is simply because of the way he quotes them. This shows that Scripture could come alive for any of us if we simply thought more deeply about what we read and read it with the same passion with which the writers wrote it.

Anyways, here’s the video. Enjoy it!

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