REDESCRIBING REALITY …

WALTER BRUEGGEMANN wrote of the Bible:

I believe that this is how the church must live in response to the text; the church, in its deepest moments of trusting faith, is addressed by the revelatory text – not in predictable ways but in ways that surprise and subvert and enliven. But, then, that is what one must expect from a text that bears witness to the God who judges and restores Israel, who shows up as Friday absence and as Sunday newness.

The church, when it answers to this text, is indeed called to an alternative life in the world. The world around us – with its immense power and knowledge – intends none of the vulnerability of Friday. With its capacity for control and prediction, it intends none of the surprise of Sunday. But the church, when it responds in alternative imagination, is exactly a practice of vulnerability and surprise that keeps our common life human. That is the passion that propels my exposition.

And this is just in his Introduction to Redescribing Reality – What we do when we read the Bible, (pxxiii). This is good material for the coming Advent. Who came, who’s come, who’s coming? And who, if any, is intended by God to “control”?

Vulnerability will be a good keyword for Advent.