Animate: Week 6

Bible | A Book Like No Other • Lauren Winner
Why read the Bible? This is Lauren Winner’s central question. For Lauren, an avid reader, there remains something odd about the way Christians read the Bible. Why do we keep turning to the same stories in search of some new revelation? What is it about the Bible that makes it worth repeated reading? What gets in our way as we read the Bible and try to make sense of it? These are issues the church has wrestled with for centuries and yet we keep at it. We keep coming back to this book and its strange narrative full of plagues and miracles and destruction and rebirth. So why do we do it?

Here’s just a brief video about Lauren Winner talking about Animate – this will be great that we can use some of these videos in church to talk about the Animate 2.0 Adult Ed that we’ll be doing, starting in January.

One thing that we didn’t get a chance to talk a ton about was from pages 92-93 in the Animate Journals: the Uses and Abuses of the Bible. I think that for many people, that’s one of the big problems with the Bible – the way that it’s been abused and misused by so many Christians throughout the history of Christianity. Check out this video below, which shares a story from Donald Miller’s book “Blue Like Jazz.” In that book, he tells a story about setting up a “Confession Booth” at an event at Reed College in Portland. However, this wasn’t like any other confession booth, it was a chance for people to come to the booth, and for Christians to confess the sins that Christians have been a part of over the years.

I think we have much we need to confess for, when it comes to how Christians have used and abused the Bible. What are some abuses of the Bible that you can think of now?

Lauren shares this quote from Thomas Merton in the video, in which Merton finally started reading the Bible and then had this to say:

“By reading the Scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, cooler blue, the trees, a deeper green. The whole earth is charged with the glory of God, and I feel fire and music under my feet.”

Have you seen this happen in your own life? What other questions remain for you about the Bible, its authority and how we interact with scripture in our daily lives?


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