Saturday, February 11, 2012

Practical Reading: Episode III

Reverberation, by Jonathan Leeman
Anybody else grow up with the song, "Read your Bible, pray every day, and you'll grow, grow, grow"? I wonder if it's not representative of a reductionistic, perhaps even mystical, view of God's Word. But Leeman does an outstanding job rebuilding a biblical theology of the Bible—"how God's Word brings light, freedom, and action to His people" as people bring their lives into contact with the Word and with one another:
[T]he "ministry of the Word indeed begins in the pulpit, but then it must continue through the life of the church as members echo God's Word back and forth to one another. The word reverberates, as in an echo chamber. In a real echo chamber, sound reverberates off walls. In the church, it's the hearts of people that both absorb and project the sounds of His effectual Word. (24)

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