Wednesday, February 25, 2004

emotional exegesis

I did some “emotional exegesis” with the Pastoral Leadership and Management class I started lecturing today. It went like this;
Form a group. Think about the gospel story of the 4 friends who tear off a roof, in order to bring their friend to Jesus. Jesus responds “Rise up, your sins are forgiven.” Role play this in your group, taking turns to be Jesus and to be the crippled man.

Now take 5 minutes alone. Imagine a time when you were forgiven. Reflect on your feelings; before, during, after.

Now repeat the exercise.

And a most profound hush descends. The class became holy ground. New questions are asked. New insights emerge. A fresh challenge to give grace is heard. Our emotions have deepened our love and engagement with Scripture.

Posted by steve at 03:40 PM

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