The Importance of the Narrative of Scripture

I lighted the following from Michael F. Bird’s Euangelion’s blog.  It’s taken from Michael Goheen and Craig Bartholomew’s book Drama of Scripture: Finding our Place in God’s Story:  It’s quite instructive.

Many of us have read the Bible as if it were merely a mosaic of little bits – theological bits, moral bits, historical-critical bits, sermon bits, devotional bits. But when we read the Bible in such a fragmented way, we ignore it’s divine author’s intention to shape our lives through its story. All humanity communities live out some story that provides a context for understanding the meaning of history and gives shape and direction to their lives. If we allow the Bible to become fragmented, it is in danger of being absorbed into whatever other story is shaping our culture, and it will thus cease to shape our lives as it should. Idolatry has twisted the dominant cultural story of the secular Western world. If as believers we allow this story (rather than the Bible) to become the foundation of our thought and action, then our lives will manifest not the truths of Scripture, but the lies of an idolatrous culture. Hence the unity of Scripture is no minor matter: a fragmented Bible may actually produce theologically orthodox, morally upright, warmly pious idol worshippers! (p. 12, emphasis added).

And may I add that a fragmented Bible may be used to prove any and every imaginable doctrine.  Simply put, if we are to do justice to Scripture, we must approach it as a whole— on its on terms–and cease and desist from our tendency to fragment it.

Well, at some point I too need to read my copy of the Drama of Scripture.

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2 Responses to The Importance of the Narrative of Scripture

  1. Duane says:

    Too often we personalize scriptural passages intended for the corporate and instead of denying ourselves our personal religion become to feed our selfishness.
    TC, how come your last post suddenly showed up in my email after all these years?

    • TC says:

      Duane, I had taken a break from this blog. I just returned to blogging here. It’s good to be back, to continue that theological and biblical conversation. 😉

      Yes, Scripture is meant to be read in community.

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