Friday, September 30, 2011

The Church and Scripture

"No interpretive tool, no advanced training, can substitute for active participation in a community concerned with the reading and performing of Scripture."

"[There is an] assumption that the Bible is a resource book for life in this world- a kind of "owner's manual," indexed for troubleshooting when life goes wrong. . . biblical accounts are formed into a collage of the teacher's making, with Bible verses plugged in where they seem best to fit. In such contexts, the considerable resources of the Bible are being shaped in the form of Scripture. In such contexts, the church is shaping the Bible and not the Bible shaping the church." 


-Seized By Truth: Reading the Bible as Scripture

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