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April 11, 2005


Bob Robinson

As I read through the Wright article and dialogued with you about it, I kept scratching my head...
...How am I going to start doing this practically in my personal devotional life and as I engage others in the story (and stories) of the Bible? How will I quit looking for the propositions and begin immersing myself into the narrative? How can I let a story “renew” my mind?

This is great stuff, and I’m on my way. But I have to admit, I’m still just on the journey.


Me, too. I discussed Wright's "5th Act" model with the group I teach on Sunday nights at our church. I thought it was a good way of describing what I'm trying to accomplish in our "study" of 1 Samuel ("trying" being the operative word!):

1. We try to read through at least a chapter as opposed to me delivering a topical sermon based on a few verses.

2. We dicuss as we go. I come to the meeting with preconceived questions, but I hope not to leave it at that. I want the whole community to contribute. When I think of it, I ask God to speak through us as we converse.

3. I try to avoid the trap of making "ready applications," if you know what I mean. This is hard!

4. I try to always ask the following question at the end of meetings: "How can we respond to God tonight?" This can be a tough question because it assumes we have to "get something out of it."

I think that if we can "live" in the text as a community, we'll do better than sitting at home, by ourselves, reading commentaries. I use Brueggemann's commentary, but I only refer to it here and there. The rest of my notes consist of questions and thoughts that popped into my head while reading the text ahead of time. I would like to provide historical clarification where necessary, but I'm not always able to do that. Sometimes I also comment on one of the original Hebrew words.

I'm trying to do something more akin to what Doug Pagitt does with his congregation. I'm still waiting for his new book to come out so I can get a clearer idea of what he does exactly! I'd also like to be able to provide more Rabbinical background, such as Rob Bell does.

Anyway, that probably doesn't really answer your question!

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