2009-04-17-OT - April 17, 2009 OT Lord God, please lead us...

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April 17, 2009 OT Lord God, please lead us in love, to your rest. Dr. Don Garner: something of a testimony or a witness. Critical theory…. A two-semester intro to OT. Transformative experience. Someone finally showed him after growing up in the church and being present, someone showed him how to handle the OT. He had been called to follow Jesus and serve the church… but he really didn’t know what to do with the OT. He used it as weight to hold up the NT. He went to seminary to be a pastor. He was astonished by the OT. Jesus used the OT. It was the only Bible he had. Jesus did a pretty good job with scripture. If we’re going to follow Jesus, we need to follow him into the OT. 2/3 of the Bible. To lead a congregation of Jesus’s followers… the hermeneutical of Jesus is the sense… Most people only know the OT at Christmas and Easter. So our people have piecemeal understandings of it. Coupled with a flawed hermeneutic, that can cause real problems. We’re ministers of God to the people of God, and our scripture is the whole book. Ours is a theological enterprise. With our critical work is Kingdom work. It’s important to think it through. When writing a sermon, are you writing an opinion piece that could appear on a blog, or a proclamation. We serve the ministry of the Word. The Art of Astonishing, p. 6: The unique contribution that the OT makes to our Christian understanding. Follow the lectionary in your preaching. We had to buy the Lectionary… only recently has he come back to using it. Liturgical worship. Structure and order. Broadens your coverage of the scripture. Frees us of the freedom. Keeps us from the quandary… what do I preach on Sunday? “Save us from being clever….” Focus on the places where Ellen Davis’ perspective is changing at this point in her teaching. Critical interpretation of scripture. For her, it’s essential to read the text in Hebrew.
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But what has been changing somewhat over a period of years… her intellectual project in her scholarship is to lower the level of abstraction in the reading of scripture. It seems to her that there is a kind of abstraction in our reading of sripture in the church. Both in the Bible centered side of the church and the not-so Bible centered side of the church. There is often a kind of abstraction that occurs. On the more Bible-centered side of the church…. That there is a tendency to reduce scripture to doctrinal formulations. . and the text is reduced to certain common-place understandings. Many of its details never get reported on. The more liberal part of the church…. The part that doesn’t focus on scripture as directly, has a different kind of abstraction…. That is, an historical abstraction. It’s not making a direct claim on us. She is looking for a way that makes a claim upon us in our present context and at the
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course OT 12 taught by Professor Ellendavis during the Spring '09 term at Duke.

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2009-04-17-OT - April 17, 2009 OT Lord God, please lead us...

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