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Toward Christian Knowing

Devotional 1

Richard Wurmbrand, an evangelical minister who endured 14 years of Communist imprisonment and torture in his homeland of Romania, said, "There are two kinds of Christians: Those who sincerely believe in God and those who, just as sincerely, believe that they believe. You can tell them apart by their actions in decisive moments." That got me thinking.

The next morning I watched this video that Dina sent a link to that I felt helped answer the question--a practical easy to listen to classroom discussion about Christian knowing with Brad Jersak. It's 48 minutes long, but Brad makes it easy with his layman's way of talking about deeper concepts.

Plato, Plantinga, and Paul—Toward Christian Knowing


  • Jon

    • 3 years ago
    Great poem at the end of this post, Loved it!

    Reading The Bible Right, by Brian Zahnd

    (An old poem resurfaces. It’s best read aloud.)
    It’s a STORY
    We’re telling news here
    Keeping alive an ancient epic
    The grand narrative of paradise lost and paradise regained
    The greatest “Once upon a time” tale ever told
    The beautiful story which moves relentlessly toward—
    “They lived happily ever after”

    Never, never, NEVER forget that before its anything else it’s a story
    So let the Story live and breathe, enthrall and enchant
    Don’t rip out its guts and leave it lifeless on the dissecting table
    Don’t make it something it’s really not—
    A catalog of wished-for promises
    An encyclopedia of God-facts
    A law journal of divine edicts
    A how-to manual for do-it-yourselfers
    Find the promises, learn the facts, heed the laws, live the lessons
    But don’t forget the Story

    Learn to read the Book for what it is—
    God’s great big wild and wonderful surprise ending love story
    Let there be wonder
    Let there be mystery
    Let there be tragedy
    Let there be heartbreak
    Let there be suspense
    Let there be surprise
    Let it be earthy and human
    Let it be celestial and divine

    Let it be what it is and don’t try to make it perfect where it’s not
    This fantastic story of—
    With its cast of thousands, more Tolstoy novel than thousand page sermon

    It’s a Story because we are not saved by ideas but by events!
    Here’s a plotline for you: Death, Burial, and Resurrection
    Yes, it’s a story — not a plan, not ology or ism, but a story

    And it’s an amalgamated patchwork story told in mixed medium
    Narration, history, genealogy
    Prophecy, poetry, parable
    Psalm, song, sermon
    Dream and vision
    Memoir and letter

    So understand the medium and don’t try so hard to miss the point
    Try to learn what matters and what doesn’t
    It’s not where and when Job lived
    But what Job learned
    In his painful odyssey and poetic theodicy

    It’s not how many cubits of water you need to put Everest under a flood
    But why the world was so dirty that it needed such a big bath
    Trying to find Noah’s ark
    Instead of trying to rid the world of violence
    Really is an exercise in missing the point

    Speaking of missing the point—
    It’s not did a snake talk?
    But what the freakin’ thing said!
    Because even though I’ve never met a talking snake
    I’ve sure had serpentine thoughts crawl through my head

    Literalism is a kind of escapism
    By which you move out of the cross-hairs of the probing question
    But parable and metaphor have a way of knocking us to the floor
    Prose flattened literalism makes the story small, time confined and irrelevant
    But poetry and allegory travel through time and space to get in our face
    Inert facts are easy enough to set on the shelf
    But the Story well told will haunt you

    Ah, the Story well told
    That’s what is needed
    It’s time for the Story to bust out of the cage and take the stage
    And demand a hearing once again
    It’s a STORY, I tell you!
    And If you allow the Story to seep into your life
    So that THE STORY begins to weave into your story
    That’s when, at last, my friend, you’re reading the Bible right.