Taylor and Long
Day Three

Day Two

Barbara Brown Taylor lectured this morning. Her main point was that we should preach what we practice, that preaching should arise out of our spiritual practices.

Peter Gomes lectured and preached. His lecture thesis was "the Bible is a dangerous book, the less we know about it, the more powers we ascribe to it. He had a number of good points: there is a difference between making sense and making meaning; experience instead of explanation; don't confuse the Word of God with scripture; there is a difference between preaching the Bible and preaching the good news (the Bible suggests and points to the gospel, to replace the gospel with the Bible is like mistaking the signpost for the destination); biblical preaching is always counter-cultural and edgy. The bulk of his lecture developed the theme that we pastors must create listening congregations by 1) developing a climate of expectation that something will happen today; 2) creating a climate of trust by looking for the things that heal; and 3) by developing mutual experiences by doing things together over time.

Barbara Lundblad also lectured and I really liked it. It was after lunch, though, so I was tired and fading and didn't take good notes. She mostly discussed upcoming lectionary texts and ways we might approach them.

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Kelly

Hey Scott, the Top 5 is up for this week, if you want to check it out.

Joe

"don't confuse the Word of God with scripture; there is a difference between preaching the Bible and preaching the good news (the Bible suggests and points to the gospel, to replace the gospel with the Bible is like mistaking the signpost for the destination"

Exactly what do you think he meant by this? I think I have an idea but I am not sure.

Scott Jones

that the good news of God's reign is something we discover in scripture but that it is the real message

Joe

Interesting. So, if we discover the good news in scripture then we should view scripture in another way other than authoritive?

This sermon really re-ingited this argument in my head on how scripture is used today and if it is being misused.

Does Peter Gomes have any books out? I may be getting in over my head (the fray) since I am just a youth pastor but this shit's interesting.

Scott Jones

Yes, in fact one entitled The Good Book which is about the Bible.

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