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Good Questions

Brian Mclaren on a narrative understanding of Scripture and asking quesions of our present story we find ourselves in...

"When you have a sense of the Biblical narrative, you stop reading the Bible so much as a source of proof-texts for a systematic theology ... and you read it more as a conversation taking place in an unfolding story.

As well, when we enter the narrative imaginatively, we start asking, "Why would Jeremiah say this? Why would Jacob do that? Why would an editor include this story in this way, in obvious tension with the way the same story was told in that other version? What was Habbakuk trying to get his readers to feel, do, think - in their specific historic/political/religious context?" That's when things - for me, anyway - get even more interesting.

Of course, all of this brings us to look at our world - Darfur, Congo, North Korea, the Religious Right, the global economy, Bill O'Reilly, American Idol - and ask the right questions here and now. What dangers do we need to expose and confront? What sparks of hope or virtue do we need to fan? Who is suffering and forgotten? How does God want us to respond?"
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