23 August 2010

Learning From Fractures & Ruptures

The "true" description of God seems to lie always just beyond the reach of our grasp. The final "word" is always frustratingly elusive, dwelling just beyond the horizon of our thought, and the conflicting images that we encounter within the Bible continually remind us that the source of this living work is not captured in our pretty observations. In acknowledging this, the believer testifies to the Scriptures as infused with a presence that dwells both in the midst and in excess of the text, a some(no)thing that cannot be contained within the narrative but that makes its presence felt in the fractures and ruptures within it. The words of the text, like Christ, are wounded. -- Peter Rollins, The Fidelity Of Betrayal, p. 50

I've often heard people say things like, "God is so much bigger than we can comprehend." I've said it myself plenty of times. But I think I always had an unspoken addendum of "but I have God pretty much figured out." Mr. Rollins, via the book mentioned above, is helping me to understand more and more just how little I understand and I highly recommend following up on some of his wise words.

K, love you, bye.


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