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‘Again and again God calls us to return…’

October 15, 2010

This Sunday, Oct. 17, at 9 am (and then repeating next Thursday, Oct. 21 at 6 pm), Stephen will begin a three-week Adult Ed program on “God’s Call To Action.” Over the course of the class, we will explore what exactly God is calling us to do, how God calls for us to live our lives. And Stephen will use as a jumping off point excerpts from the book, The Dream of God, by Verna Dozier.

Here’s a sample of Dozier’s thinking that Stephen plans to throw at us this week:

I believe Christianity has journeyed far from what Jesus of Nazareth was about… Christians are not the first chosen people to lose the way. I think that is what the biblical story is all about–the people of God losing the way and a God who will not give up calling them back. Again and again God calls us to return. I think the calling still goes on today…

[Our scriptures] are written for our learning. There is something we need to learn, and the only place we can find the subject matter for that learning is in the Bible. We need to know the story, the story the Bible–and only the Bible–tells… [Thus] making sense of the Bible is essential to the religious enterprise in which we are all engaged… For me the Bible is primarily a theological record. Theology is making meaning, making sense out of our lives in terms of what we believe to be the nature of ultimate reality… Because the Bible is a theological book, it is a book of wrestlings, not a book of answers. In each age the people have to struggle to hear the word of the Lord for their time.

 

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