While we may wish for a clear, perspicuous text, that’s not what God gave us. Instead, God gave us a cacophony of vices and perspectives, all in conversation with one another, representing the breadth and depth of the human experience in all its complexities and contradictions.
In the Bible, wisdom is rarely presented as a single decision, belief, or rule, but rather as a “way” or “path” that the sojourner must continually discern amid the twists and turns of life.
I was once challenged to sum it (the gospel) up in a tweet. But it strikes me as fruitless to try and turn the gospel into a statement when God so clearly gave us a story – or more precisely, a person.
Indeed, in Scripture, no two people encounter Jesus in exactly the same way. Not once does anyone pray the “Sinner’s Prayer” or ask Jesus into their heart…..The gospel is like a mosaic of stories, each one part of a larger story, yet beautiful and truthful on its own. There’s no formula. No blueprint.
I’ve followed Rachel Held Evans for a long time now, but never actually read one of her books. I’ve started, but not finished. Until this one. Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again was exactly what I needed right now.