Thursday, July 13, 2006

"A scriptural ambivalence toward families"

As families in Western culture continue to suffer under the assault of consumerism, it's tempting to succumb to the opposite extreme of deifying the family. That's why it's good to see Kim-loi Mergenthaler, commeting on lectures by Luke Timothy Johnson, offer a more NT-oriented view of families.

4 Comments:

Blogger thebluefish said...

Milton,

Just a question really. I was talking with my pastor last night about whether there are any good books around on APPLICATION... loads on interpreting the text... Any ideas?

10:35 AM, July 13, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

One comes to mind immediately: Paul Scott Wilson's Four Pages of the Sermon. Wilson's basic idea is that expository preaching should have four "pages" that the preacher addresses in preparation: trouble in the Bible, trouble today, grace in the Bible, and grace today. Wilson's book shows how this pattern works in helping us see both the biblical and contemporary context of a text. I recommend it. Thanks for asking.

10:45 AM, July 13, 2006  
Blogger Vicki said...

Not sure what to conclude about this, as raising a family is difficult enough. In all things, we need balance. The author of that piece asks: "Is an over-emphasis on our biological, nuclear families causing some Christians to miss out on a Biblical call to a bigger and more important family?"

Probably. Definitely need to pray about this.

11:05 AM, July 14, 2006  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Prayer--that's a good idea of all of us. To an extent, living as Christians will resolve a lot of family problems. But to the degree that some are Christians and others are not, there will inevitably be problems (re. Lk. 12:53). To be faithful to God, we have to follow Jesus whether our families like it or not. Peace.

6:09 PM, July 14, 2006  

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