It seems like only yesterday that we were encouraging people to have quiet times and read their Bibles and pray everyday. I know that in some churches it was only yesterday. I know we tend to understand nowadays that not everyone is 'wired' for that sort of discipline. I know that certain (but not all) liberal thinkers challenge the centrality of the Bible to our faith and even whether it is God's word in any sense at all (other than that God speaks in all things!)
And I have come to realise over the last couple of weeks that people in the Methodist Church, in the Grahamstown area, do not generally read their Bibles. I would say that genuine Bible readers have always been in the minority. But a strong minority. No longer.
What is the source of our belief/ doctrine if it is not the Bible? I am afraid that it is platitudes handed down from preacher to preacher. It is what seems good to society and what is seen in soap operas and read in magazines. It is 'common wisdom'. And the hymn book. Thank you God, for the Methodist hymn book.