I’ve seen a couple of good movies in the last week: “Zodiac” and “Amazing Grace.” Two very different movies but both are well made and worth watching. A theme common to both movies is obsession and the toll it takes on those committed to a cause.
Our staff is reading Slaves, Women and Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis by William Webb. We’ve just gotten started, but I can already tell it’s going to spawn some great discussions.
Another book I highly recommend is The Burning Word: A Christian Encounter with Jewish Midrash by Judith Kunst. I think most Christians take the Bible too seriously. So seriously in fact that we suffocate it. We come to the text already knowing what it says and how we’re supposed to respond. Maybe this is actually a sign that for all our seriousness about the Bible, we’re not willing unleash it and let it be the heart-cutting, bone-melting Word of God. This book shows Christians how to read the Bible with a spirit of creativity and playfulness. Approaching it in such a way gives Scripture room to breathe and opens us up to surprising discoveries, which might actually break through our pious religiosity and shake us up a bit. Kunst argues–and I agree with her–that Scripture is written in such a way to encourage such playful creativity.
I’ve received a couple of nasty emails blaming me for a newfound sweet-tarts jelly bean addiction. I told you they were good.