To Plan or Not to Plan: Why Context Matters - Radical

To Plan or Not to Plan: Why Context Matters

There’s a lot to be said for context. Ignoring the words that come before and after a statement can lead us to reinforce our pre-existing ideas. We ignore what is said. Whether it be varying statistical data, conflicting news reports, or warring political ads, if all you hear are snippets being wielded by someone with an agenda, you’re likely to never know what’s going on. When it comes to your Bible, the biblical context is absolutely critical. It’s how, for example, we can make sense of the Prince of Peace (Is 9:6) saying in the Bible, “I have not come to bring peace” (Matt 10:34).

Biblical Context

With the importance of context in mind, take a look at the following articles:

The Spiritual Importance of Scheduling: Michael Kelley
You Don’t Have to Plan Everything: Jon Bloom

As you decide whether or not the two articles contradict each other (as their titles would suggest), take context into account. Ask yourself who the intended audiences are, why the authors are writing, and if the main points are mutually exclusive.

In this case, it’s probably safe to say that Michael Kelley and Jon Bloom are on the same team. They both speak on needing truth to combat different shortfalls.

So depending on your context… make a schedule, but don’t plan everything.

Jonathan Lenning is the General Manager of Sales at Cottage Supply Company in Birmingham, Alabama. He previously worked on staff at Radical.

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