Barber Shop Theology – Directions

How many words are in the Bible? “In the beginning God . . .” Look, four words at the start.

“Yes, I am coming soon.”  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.  The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

See that? There are twenty more words at the end of the last book of the Bible.

I read somewhere that there are maybe a million words in the Bible. I spent my whole childhood hoping to find a genie in a bottle or get a wish; my goal was to ask for a million dollars. I figured a million of anything would be plenty.

Growing up in my dad’s barber shop taught me many life lessons. One lesson was how to give good directions. Quite often a stranger would step into the shop to ask for directions to a farm, or place like Boone, Broxton, Richard’s Spur or Porter Hill. Sometimes they would name a place three doors around the corner. A barber shop on Main Street was an easy find. Our directions went something like this: “Go up to the light (the only red light in town) and turn north, go `bout a half mile and turn back west. Head on out past the Sale Barn and go a `lil over five miles and turn right out there where the road bends. It’s just right there across a `lil-lo bridge.” 

If Dad didn’t know exactly how to direct the person, someone in the shop would.

The Bible is a million word map (directions) for our journey in life. At one time, hundreds of years ago we only had a rudimentary map. We still have it and it’s called the Apostle’s Creed. Back in the day, Christians used to call this Creed their Rule of Faith. It has also been called The Belief.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;

He descended into hell.

The third day He arose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.


What is that? About a hundred words?

Words. So far there are 429 words in this short article.

Words. A way to communicate; tools to convey meaning.

Words. They are wonderful and wicked. Words have cut me to the core.

Words. A million words offering direction, pointing the way.

ONE WORD — has become flesh and dwelt among us.

Jesus, God’s word on the matter of life and life eternal.

My goal for this day is that my words convey The Word… and life more abundantly.