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malcolm chamberlain

musings about the emerging church, mission and contemporary culture...

God is at large, intimately involved in his world in ways that the church is maybe just waking up to!

stories and propositions...

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

'This' is a helpful and thought provoking post from Ben Sternke warning of the dangers of erring too exclusively towards either propositional or narrative interpretations of the Bible. Ben argues that we need to hold both approaches together. He writes...

"Think about the way you talk about someone you love or admire. Do you tell stories about them or make propositional statements about them? I do both, as I assume most of us do. I'll say "She's one of the most genuine people I know" (propositional statement), but I might also tell a story about her genuineness.

Stories enliven the propositions, and propositions chasten the stories. The truth of the gospel is more than a proposition, but it is also more than a story."

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