Karl barth….I take the bible too seriously to take it literally. Bible isn’t the definitive answer to every question. Bible isn’t the end of the discussion, it’s the beginning. Opens discussion. Check out video archive for the authors names. 3/16-2014 FCC.
“The readers of Luke’s gospel, like most people in the ancient world, did not make a sharp distinction between myth and reality. That is to say they were less interested in what actually happened than in what it meant.” (p. 31)
I am most interested in what the Bible means about who God is and who we are. My faith is not based on whether or not Jesus was born in Bethlehem or Nazareth. It’s not based on whether or not Mary was a virgin, although I believe that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and with God, nothing is impossible. But it’s deeper than that.
The bible isn’t a manual or the answer to every question. The bible is to be use to start conversation versus close down conversation. Not to end conversation. When we take the bible and it has every answer in it. Conclusion of the journey versus launching us on a journey with god. The bible is a starting point.
William Sloan Kauffman
The bible is not t be used to end a discussion it’s there to begin a discussion. Open, not close down. Not concludes journey, starts journey
How can we know the fullness and completeness of god. Let god grasp us. Let god be god. Not us to grasp god. Fit him into our own construct.
God sent his son not to condemn the world but to save the world.
Not to just embrace god, but to embrace everyone.
Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
As quoted in Finding the Magnificent in Lower Mundane : Extraordinary Stories About An Ordinary Place (1994) by Bob Stromberg, p. 69