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Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 | 6 comments

Engaging a Storied Text

Engaging a Storied Text

Long before smartphones were the standard cell phone, I enjoyed the navigator feature on my dumb phone. GPS is helpful because it is straight-forward; it tells me what I need to know to get me from point “A” to point “B.” Tonight, I stumbled upon a different category of navigation systems. A well to-do church advertised this to every passerby on their marquee: Though a bit confused at first regarding why God would need a GPS, I think I know what this church was trying to get at: “The Bible: The Church’s GPS.” (I am going to assume for the rest of the post that this is what they meant.) This would mean, that Scripture tells us where to go; when to turn left, when to turn right, when the figurative next coffee shop is five miles away, etc. etc. This all sounds well and nice until one actually begins to read the thing. Scripture is simply not that straight-forward. The Bible is full of lot stories. Stories and storied lives...

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