Hey all… sorry I haven’t blogged at you in a while. Here’s a post I’ve been meaning to make for a while. I recently read Scot McKnight’s latest release “The Blue Parakeet – Rethinking How You Read the Bible“. My overall review is a huge thumbs up. Here are 5 shortcuts that he says many of us take in reading the Bible.
- Morsels of Law – viewing the Bible only as a compendium of commandments
- Morsels of Blessing – viewing the Bible as simply 1001 promises from God
- Mirrors and Inkblots – viewing the Bible as a mirror or a Rorschach ink blot upon which we project whatever we want
- Puzzling together the Pieces – With this approach we treat the Bible as a brain-teaser and try to puzzle together the pieces to map God’s mind.
- Maestro’s – looking at the Bible only through the perspective of one author. This often happens in evangelical circles when we view the rest of the Bible through Paul rather than a balanced view of the entire Bible. This shortcut was the hardest for me to wrap my head around.
Scot’s answer is that we read the Bible as a Story. It is a story made up of stories and we each have our place within the story. I have found that viewing the Bible as The Story has affected my entire spirituality. The story of Creation::Fall::Incarnation::Redemption::Re-Creation has changed everything for me.
Anyway, I highly recommend the book as well as Scot’s excellent blog (much better than mine!)