This blog like page is used mainly to post when a new ‘Rx’ becomes available on Etheldreda.net, and occasionally for other news (which might be deleted when it ceases to be relevant). So, if you scroll down you can view the history of the website, including longer posts from June 2018 and May 2009, which outline the history behind Etheldreda.net at and before those points in time.
I’ve become aware that some readers might not be familiar with either puritan expository technique, monastic lectio divina, or both. Therefore I’ve added some footnotes to the Why ‘prescriptions’ from God’s word? page to briefly explain these, so that it’s more obvious how they’ve influenced the ‘scripture-medicine’ spiritual discipline. Also, I’ve added a very brief summary of the method, which might be helpful/useful.
From today Etheldreda.net has a new website design – here it is! I hope this new design will be welcomed by anyone who finds the website helpful. The new features include:-
– This ‘New’ section (explained at the top of the page) [changed to be called ‘Blog’ in July 2019],
– An improved visual appearance yet retaining elements of the original website’s look,
– Responsiveness for mobiles/tablets etc. (making it easier to read on such devices),
– An associated Twitter account, Etheldreda.net @etheldredanet,
– A search feature,
– The Bible texts index now presents a ‘random’ starting point, accessed via a new ‘Rx so far’ page,
– Enhanced security (https rather than http, and more).
You will see from the historical record posted below that the current rate of progress is roughly one new Rx every two months. The plan is for this rate of progress to continue until 2020, by which time there will be an Rx on one verse from every book of the Bible. During that time I will be working on another project mainly.
From 2020 onwards the plan is to concentrate more on Etheldreda.net, increasing the rate of new Rx to one or two per month, God willing.
Whenever a new Rx is ready to view I will post a notice here, likewise whenever any significant changes have been made, and which pages have changed.
1 Kings 18:38-39, ‘Then the fire of Yahweh fell, and consumed the burnt offering, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces. They said, “Yahweh, he is God! Yahweh, he is God!”’ (click on the reference or here to read).
Exodus 3:7-8, ‘“I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey…”’ (click on the reference or here to read).
Habakkuk 3:17-19, ‘though the fig tree doesn’t flourish, nor fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive fails, the fields yield no food; the flocks are cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in Yahweh. I will be joyful in the God of my salvation! Yahweh, the Lord, is my strength. He makes my feet like deer’s feet, and enables me to go in high places.’ (click on the reference or here to read).
Deuteronomy 21:22-23, ‘If a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be put to death, and you hang him on a tree; his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him the same day; for he who is hanged is accursed of God; that you don’t defile your land’ (click on the reference or here to read).
My thinking behind the ‘scripture-medicine’ Bible study method developed during the 1990s. This led to the essay format that I use emerging in 2004, with the first ‘prescription – Rx’ being the one written on Ezekiel 33:11 in that year. Etheldreda came into the picture in 2008 (although I have a longstanding interest in monasticism), which led to the launch of Etheldreda.net in 2009 (domain created 25th May), with the 18 Rx that had already been written by that stage posted later in the year. These were:-
Ezekiel 33:11 (the 1st), ‘As I live, says the Lord Yahweh, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn, turn from your evil ways; for why will you die, house of Israel?’ (click on the reference or here to read).
Genesis 3:15, ‘“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.”’ (click on the reference or here to read).
Psalm 46:1-5, ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we won’t be afraid, though the earth changes, though the mountains are shaken into the heart of the seas; though its waters roar and are troubled, though the mountains tremble with their swelling. There is a river, the streams of which make the city of God glad, the holy place of the tents of the Most High. God is in her midst.’ (click on the reference or here to read).
Ecclesiastes 5:18, ‘that which I have seen to be good and proper is for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy good in all his labor, in which he labors under the sun, all the days of his life which God has given him; for this is his portion.’ (click on the reference or here to read).
Matthew 28:18-20, ‘Jesus came to them and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”’ (click on the reference or here to read).
Philippians 4:8, ‘Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things.’ (click on the reference or here to read).
James 1:14-15, ‘each one is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lust, and enticed. Then the lust, when it has conceived, bears sin; and the sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death.’ (click on the reference or here to read).
2 Peter 1:5-7, ‘adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence; and in moral excellence, knowledge; and in knowledge, self-control; and in self-control patience; and in patience godliness; and in godliness brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love.’ (click on the reference or here to read).
Titus 2:11-13 (the 18th), ‘the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we would live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ’ (click on the reference or here to read).