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09 September 2009 @ 10:59 pm
Is all in a day's worth of work.

Varsity Christian Fellowship at NUS Arts faculty on a normal Monday - conducting Bible study, on the book of Genesis, is quite a feat. It's different from, say, studying the same passage/ verse at youth group or at church. Studying shouldn't be the absolute word. More like burning the flares of knowledge till there isn't anything left.

Depending on your perspective, I study/ coordinate/ facilitate/ read through a Bible passage with predetermined questions, with a group of about 10. I have the privilege of having an entire range of people with me (new Christians, seasoned ones, exchange students, year ones, seniors etc etc). But I guess it comes with a handful of difficulty. We didn't have a discussion. But for the first time in a long time (since my Friday talks with Jingyan back in 2007) I really had to take out Scripture to defend it from potential misinterpretation.

I'm not sure if I'm actually doing something productive by trying to get people to read the Bible differently. At the moment I wonder at all if I'm retelling stories, or digging for truths. Or both. But if there's one thing I can expect: some disagreement. I don't subscribe to the notion that authority is always right, or that my one hour preparation to answer theological questions on things like Creation, the Sabbath or the nature of Sin are enough. I expect to be challenged, to have my faith pulled like a guitar string during a Five Finger Death Punch guitar solo.

If I'm not roughed up how will I learn?

In the business of telling stories, I always accuse the messenger (the narrator) is always crazy or deluded because it helps me to understand the text. If I believe that looking at God's Word is not just about looking at stories, then I should be the crazy one. Deluded to the point of being willing to narrate the truth.



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