Alpha and Omega

In Revelation 1, the Lord God refers to Himself as the Alpha and Omega. Eugene Peterson makes a great observation in his book “Eat This Book” that this designation signifies more than the eternal nature of God, it also indicates that God inhabits the letters of the alphabet starting with A and ending with Z. Language is used by the God working through the biblical writers to create reality and lead people into God’s presence. The net-net effect is: language / words are important. They can be holy and influential. They can be transformational. But to be transformational, they must make it past our heads and into our hearts. This is done through meditation and “living” them out.

I tend to read quickly for quantity and breadth instead of slowly for quality and depth. Is more/faster necessarily better? Or is less/slower more productive? Should there be a difference in our reading between the local newspaper and Scripture? More to come.

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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