Imaginatively Inhabiting the Bible

Savor – that’s the Word – that’s the vision – that’s the mission – – – Savoring the Auctor and Perfector – – – Savoring the WoG! …the WoG that incarnated, and sought with all His heart to do the will of God like a deer panting for water …like a starving man striving for food!

To subversively counter the disaffected former ‘readers’ and the simply indifferent and negligent. To reclaim grounds and lands and continents of confidence via IMAGINATIVELY INHABITING! To subvert the plausibility of “Bibleless Christianity.” To subvert mammon idolatry and quantitative analysis junkies. To subvert the pragmatists and utilitarianites. To subvert the paradigm of the Scriptures regressing from seldom used to never used, and from rarely thought about to completely forgotten …from the WoG being lost to us as much as if it had ceased to exist. To subversively plant Words in our minds and hearts …in the marrow of our being …in our souls! To find ourselves reading as poets and artists …and with these bold, unlicensed scavengers ask, “What moves me here? What can I use?”

To resist (believing in resistance) and act in sundry ways subversive to: high-tech distraction and buzz – the buzz that forbids me to hear my own thoughts, let alone the voice of God. To resist the dark power that would make Bible-reading one more casualty of this relentless assault on contemplation and the inner-life. To resist the information deluge that has now arrived – and hating with all my heart the scenario wherein the Bible vanishes with barely a ripple.

To delight in the fact that reading the Bible is the most subversive thing a person can do in the tech-centered “information” deluge. The Bible rebukes hollow technology and exploitive policies, as well as the wistful adherents of “Bibleless Christianity.” The Bible cut against the grain, subversive and radically countercultural.

To join the resistance and relish the truth that – – – > the political is NOT ultimate. And to understand that – the belief that it is ultimate is why so many conversations on almost any topic so quickly degenerate into debates between conservative and liberal political agendas. Often people talk, even in Christian circles, as if the only way to really change the world is to engage in political activity. That real change, if it occurs, will begin with a  political movement of some kind. But that is mistaken, a form of idolatry. Politics is always downstream from the culture. …Relishing the fact that change (TGB) comes from ordinary people being faithful in the ordinary and routine of daily life. And grasping (really KNOWING) that this faithful presence is as essential for cultural transformation as scholars developing ideas and artists making art. The Gospel (the advancement and expansion of the Kingdom of Heaven) really begins to be seen in the grace of God fleshed out in the story of history and int he history of my life.

We are drawn to stories not just because they are entertaining, but because stories help us make sense of life in our beautiful, bewildering, and badly broken world. This is why children are instinctively drawn to storytellers.

…We are drawn in – because stories follow a trajectory that reflects our experience of life in a broken world. Stories include an element of tension that must be resolved, and in doing so, echo the deep yearning we have for redemption from the alienation, fragmentation, failure, and disappointment that always lurks in the shadows, bringing tension that we cannot escape.

“Creation, fall, redemption, and restoration is not an exotic doctrinal nicety that Christians believe as a matter of ritual. Rather, it is a definition of the reality in which all human beings live and move and have their being.”

Story is essential to human life …it’s the way we try to make sense of things in a broken world. STORIES are how the perennial questions of existence are considered and explored.

“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguable most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.” – J.K. Rowling

“Trying to understand another person (i.e. really listening to their story) is one of the most profound forms of love.” – Vern Poythress



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