The first year of seminary at BTSR (note that the presbyterians across the street affectionately referred to us as BuTtSoRe, they were right on) mainly centered on deciphering and reading the works of Walter Brueggemann. On first read i thought he was full of baloney. But then his words and thoughts started to seep in. I still question someone who writes as much as he does, I think in one of his books (for about five chapters) he simply talks about changing the carburetor in his Oldsmobile. I reviewed his Theologoy of the Old Testament and made the comment that his book was larger than the OT itself and larger than the entire Bible:
This winter I plan to do an Intro to the Bible from a non-conservative perspective for the congregatio and community. I vaguely remembered the WB wrote some shorter books that dealt on just this topic, so I drove to the library and checked them out. One, thus far, The Renewing Word, has proven helpful:
The other books I am reading for this project by WB:
Confronting the Bible: A Resource and Discussion for Youth
The Creative Word: Canon as a Model for Biblical Education
The Bible Makes Sense
My hunch is that most in the pews (pulpit included)dont know much about the Word. This has created an odd situation when you have pulpits confused between biblical authority and biblical analysis and congregants who wander aimlessly in the biblical narrative.
Most say they want to know more about the Bible.
Most want to read it and know what it is all about.
I hope in some way to get at this issue through preaching and bible study. Perhaps a non-conservative preaching model based on the bible centered church movement, just an idea.