Approaching formative scripture: reading with both head and heart.
Scripture continues to play a very important role in my formative walk with God, yet keeping both “head” and “heart ״ in my Scripture reading and study has been a challenge. Two helpful insights for me involved, first, identifying two distinct but complimentary approaches to Scripture—analytical reading and meditative reading—and, second, intentionally welcoming both approaches as I read and study Scripture. In this reflective essay I describe aspects of my journey and engagement with Scripture, clarifying my understanding of these two approaches to Scripture, and sharing some of the fruit both approaches have yielded for me—including a meditative poem from an episode in Jesus's ministry.
Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care
Issler, Klaus Dieter, "Approaching formative scripture: reading with both head and heart." (2012). Faculty Articles & Research. 188.