What's in a Phrase?: Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause

What's in a Phrase?: Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause

by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre


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Well-known biblical phrases -- "in the fullness of time," "fearfully and wonderfully made," "in the beauty of holiness," and others -- suggest and evoke and invite. In this book Marilyn Chandler McEntyre offers brief reflections on more than fifty such scriptural phrases that prompt readers to pay attention, to pause where we sense a beckoning.

Some of these select phrases are devotional, some speculative, some whimsical, some edgy. McEntyre encourages us to see such "words within the Word" as invitations and, in doing so, to discover that they are places of divine encounter, epiphany, or unexpected guidance.

The three sections of the book "Assurance," "Invitation," and "Surprise" -- organize the reflections by tone as well as theme. Rich with eloquence, wisdom, and wonder, these reflections will lead readers to enter the sacred spaces of Scripture, play with possibilities, and connect the biblical word with the ordinary -- and extraordinary -- lives we've been given to live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802871145
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/20/2014
Pages: 127
Sales rank: 635,823
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Marilyn Chandler McEntyre is professor of English at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California. She has written dozens of articles and reviews in such journals as The Washington Post, Theology Today, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Christianity Today. She is also the author of Dwelling in the Text and A Healing Art: Regeneration through Autobiography.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix


incline your ear 1

put in custody 3

fed you in the wilderness with manna 5

for you alone, 0 Low, make me dwell in safety 7

hidden with Christ 9

all Israel was recorded in genealogies 11

delight is in the law 12

teach me your paths 14

in the night also my heart instructs me 16

make a way 18

I will scatter 21

become one flesh 23

we live and move and have our being 25

Invitation and Admonition

speak peace 29

make for yoursefl a carved image, or any likeness 32

pray to the Loxv for you 34

mourning over the faithlessness 36

leave them for the poor 38

that I may discern 40

considers the poor 43

no one spoke a word to him 45

and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you 47

to love kindness 49

whatever your hand finds to do 52

exhort one another 54

made no further answer 57

some fell into good soil and grew and yielded 59

holy convocations 61

to hear the groans of the prisoners 64

imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises 66

solemn rest 68

work heartily 71

those who sold and those who bought 73

do not harden your hearts 75

for the wild goats 78

in the beauty of holiness 80

in prison and you came 82

Mystery and Surprise

in the fullness of time 85

praise him, you highest heavens 87

when the mountain goats give birth 89

fearfully and wonderfully made 91

dawns on them like the morning light 93

who can play well 95

put a new song in my mouth 97

let there be light 99

looking at him, loved him 101

born of water and the Spirit 103

who do people say that I am 106

wrestled with him 108

suppose 110

Works Cited 113

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