Welcome to Ninth & Fillmore!

A quick story about how this blog came to be:

I was sitting in a Bible study in Tennessee, listening to the discussion. One of participants, Pat, raised her hand, and she started quoting passages, some of them a little obscure.

Book, chapter, verse! Pat had the stuff down cold. And her Bible—filled with notes in the margins. (Yes. She wrote in her Bible.)

It struck me at that point that I probably knew Aristotle’s Rhetoric (near and dear to my academic heart) better than the Bible. And this, despite being a lifelong Lutheran, educated in Lutheran schools. Granted, the Rhetoric is much shorter than the Bible. But still.

I don’t think St. Peter will be handing out Bible quizzes at the pearly gates. But I could definitely take my efforts up a notch when it comes to learning about the faith. This is important stuff, and interesting, too.  

So here's the plan: I'm going to use the methods that worked in school (for me, anyway).  

Read. Reflect. Write. Discuss. (Or in the familiar words of the church: Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest.)

That’s what’s happening at Ninth & Fillmore. I'll be posting on Tuesdays and Fridays, and I invite you to chime in with your insights, questions, and reactions.

For those curious about the name of the blog: The title was inspired by the location of my church, St. John’s Lutheran in Topeka, Kansas. Despite the connection, this is NOT an official blog of St. John’s. All views on this blog are my own (unless otherwise noted).

As for the subtitle, it refers to a couple of favorite passages:
2 Tim. 1:13: “Follow the pattern of sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”
Phil. 4:8: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 

But I’m guessing some of you already knew that. Especially if you write in the margins of your Bible. 

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