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Hello friends, and welcome to four cubits and a span! I'm Dan Abson, and I'm a Christian lay teacher from Glasgow, UK. I publish a weekly podcast every Monday based around the three portions from the Bible Companion daily readings planner for the following Sunday.

Why four cubits and a span?

If you want to know, "Why that title?", have a listen to the intro podcast. As to, "Why do a podcast?" - well, that's another story. I'm a theologically progressive Christian, Bible geek, and story nerd; but perhaps most of all, I'm interested in how the Bible texts can shape our view of God and guide the disciple of Jesus Christ.

Also, podcasts are cool.

I like to read, I like to ask questions, and I like to share the things I find with other people. I hope that 4QS will be useful to anyone who likes to read, think, and ask questions too. As a resource for the Christadelphian community of lay speakers and preachers where I teach and worship, it can be a 'starter for ten' for speakers preparing exhortations (sermons) who like to base their thoughts on one of the passages from the Bible Companion plan for the day.

Why me?

So, why should you listen to me? Good question! I don't have any formal training in Biblical interpretation, so what's my deal? It's really just a question of time. There are so many translations, study notes, commentaries, monographs, articles, and other podcasts out there, that the lay Bible reader is really spoiled for choice. Putting it all together and talking about it is just something I enjoy doing.

I don't have a hotline to heaven, and I don't have conversations with the holy spirit. Instead, I cite my references.

Note for "concerned" individuals

For the avoidance of doubt: four cubits and a span affirms without qualification the full inspiration of the entire Protestant Christian biblical canon, comprising the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and the New Testament, and its authority in the personal and ecclesial life of the Christian. You and I might sometimes disagree on what a given passage means. Sometimes I will be wrong. Sometimes you will be wrong. Sometimes we'll both get it wrong. Best not to obsess over it, eh?

The Internet hosts and enables more opportunities for studying the Bible, and a wider, more detailed wealth of information to support that study, than has ever before been so readily available. Please don't spoil it for the rest of us. If you're not comfortable asking questions, looking for answers, and exchanging ideas: that's completely fine. Just turn around, and walk away. I won't chase you. I won't make you listen to me. I won't try to convince you to see things my way, or try to sanction you when you don't.

Do to others as you would have them do to you.
– Luke 6:31 (NRSV)