Friday, September 2, 2011

Conversation 3

Conversation 3 - A future based in scripture?

In Changing The Conversation, Anthony Robinson writes,
"Is Scripture a kind of archaeological relic or anthropological artifact, or is it the trustworthy mediation of the living God? Too often it seems that the Bible is treated as decorative or as “great literature” (that we haven’t read and have no intention of reading) rather than the truth about who God is and who we are. To create another vessel of the new heart needed in today's church, theology needs to be deprofessionalized. For a century or more, theology has been limited to professionals, with the consequence that many in mainline Protestant churches are clueless about the core convictions of Christianity and what difference they might make. When lives are transformed by the mercies of God, energy is produced—energy that translates into new forms, mission, and vitality."

How familiar are you with scripture? Do you know the key stories of Jewish and Christian salvation history? Only a few experts can talk about ALL the Bible. Still we hear stories every week and know some of them quite well. What do they mean to you?

Theologians talk about the "person and work of Christ". Are you able and interested in discussing what Jesus accomplished in living, dying, and rising again? What difference does atonement (any of the theories) make for your living? What did Jesus do that matters to how you live today and the plans you make for tomorrow?

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