Here are more thoughts on Ancient-Future Worship.
Webber describes the two pronged approach that many of us are accustomed to when dealing with Scripture: The first prong is the literary and historical criticism approach which leads us to a defensive reading of the Bible. With his approach we put the Bible under the scrutiny of evidentiary practices to prove that it is true. Webber suggests that this approach misses the point of the scripture as God’s narrative. Rather than using subjecting scripture to this scrutiny we ought to read scripture from “within the story itself” and allow yourself to be transformed as you are caught up into God’s story. This is quite a shift for a rational modern thinker like me!
The second prong is the experiential approach to Scripture. “What does this say to me?” This approach can get dangerously close to total deconstruction of the scripture by abandoning the author’s intent and focusing only on self. This approach allows one to take verses out of context and view them as separate from God’s grand narrative. This also leads to an overly therapeutic hermeneutic (rhymes!) which reduces the power of scripture to that of a self-help book.
The antidote that Webber describes is to take the apostles and the ancients view of scripture. To view it as a narrative in which we play a role, and allow that grand narrative of creation-incarnation-recapitulation to shape us.