There’s something about the Christian experience that just makes it feel right when it’s happening in a conversation.
I’ll stop what I’m doing anytime and anywhere to get into a conversation about God. It’s not to preach at people. It’s just fun for me to talk about God.
These conversations usually fall into two categories for me…
(1) Conversations about what He’s doing
I want to share and hear about the lives that He’s changing. I want to tell the story of the compassionate heart that He’s given my son. I want to hear the whole story of the man that God pulled out of a drunken stupor while living in the back of his van. All of these tell the story of redemption that I believe defines Who He Is.
(2) Conversations about His Word and His Will
My wife rolls her eyes when it happens, but I think she secretly loves this about me. I always perk up when someone says that they want to talk with me about a passage in the Bible that they find confusing. Or maybe it’s about how to deal with a particular situation in their lives from a Biblical perspective. Talking about how to apply the Truth to our lives is something that gets my veins pumpin’ everytime!
What I find really exciting is that these conversations aren’t a new thing. People have had these conversations for centuries.
In fact, before the invention of the printing press in the 1400’s, conversations like this would have been a primary means of spreading the Gospel.
I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to be alive during the time of Jesus, or during Old Testament times and being a witness to some incredible Biblical events. I’m not talking about being one of the people that the narratives are about, but rather one of the bystanders witnessing these things happening.
The dynamic of these conversations would be pretty darn amazing…
That’s why I’m excited about this group blogging project. Is this one about a theological or exegetical standard? No. But it is about looking at the story of our God told as the story of, well… us.
My prayer for this project is the same as what author Sean Gladding writes in the preface of the book:
As you read [the book]… our prayer is that you will be drawn into the narrative, and that your life will be shaped by the Story in such a way that you find yourself caught up in the mystery and the wonder that is the life of God’s mission in and to our broken world.