The deep wellspring of Christian moral reflection is Scripture. Our contributors explore Christian practices that help us read the Bible in a way that allows it to question our presuppositions and transform our discipleship.
Since the Bible's "mysterious climax in the Father's sending of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit places us in a coherent drama," Daniel Treier and Stephen Pardue explain, "we read for neither information nor inspiration alone, but fellowship" with the Triune God. Todd Billings surveys a developing school of theological interpretation of Scripture. Stephen Chapman challenges some ways of reading the Bible that leave us in control and reduce it to a commodity.
To read Scripture afresh, Andrew Selby adds some pre-modern scripture commentaries to our reading list. "Patristic and medieval biblical interpreters can help us relearn reading Scripture within the story of salvation," he explains.
Kathy Maxwell commends the performance of biblical stories, because this "gives Scripture freedom to work in the lives of the hearers in refreshing and unexpected ways." Christine McSpadden offers advice for preaching and hearing the so-called "difficult" biblical passages.
The study guides and lesson plans integrate Bible study, prayer, and worship to help us become more faithful and theologically informed interpreters of Scripture. The guides can be used in a series or individually. You may download and reproduce them for personal or group use.