An Overview of Lectio Divina by Dr. Gary Gilley

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Dr. Gary E. Gilley, pastor of Southern View Chapel, IL, has been writing a series of articles teaching about various forms and practices within the spiritual formation movement. His most recent commentary discusses Lectio Divina, an ancient method of Scripture meditation. Gilley shares the history and technique of this practice, and demonstrates how it stands in contradiction to the teachings of Scripture. He writes:

As 2 Timothy 3:16–17 states, the Scriptures are “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” How the believer mines the treasures of Scripture is through the normal, literal (often called grammatical/historical) approach to its reading and study. As God’s truth is understood through this process, it is then to be applied to our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is not the approach to Scripture recommended and promoted within spiritual formation. As a matter of fact, this approach is often ridiculed as merely an intellectual process that does not reach the inner person and does not lead to transformation. Instead, we are told that if our lives are to be truly reformed by the Bible we must turn to an ancient technique, never actually taught in the Word itself, known as lectio divina.

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