Our view of theology and the Bible highly influences how we approach ideas of faith and life. Does theology provide a set of propositions that describe us and to which we subscribe? Or does theology tell a story about God and his people - a story we are formed by as Christians and reflects our own experience of life as a journey? While I don't think the two have to be pitted against one another, they often are, even if at a subconscious level. And sadly, a narrative approach to theology and the Bible is often seen as secondary - a means to an end.

In recognition of the Mennonite Brethren 150 year anniversary, our church has been retelling the MB story this month - the good and the bad. I think it's important to remember how our history has formed who we are today - as individuals, as local churches/communities, and as denominations. This Sunday I'm concluding our time by exploring the beginning of Deuteronomy in which prior to entering the promised land, Moses reminds Israel who they are. But he doesn't just repeat the Ten Commandments (which he does do) or give a theology lecture on the attributes of God. No, Moses tells a story. He retells Israel their own story - and relates it to the ongoing story of God's faithfulness to them. In a time of desperate need for Israel to understand God and their relationship to him – crucial concepts related to them faithfully following the call of God moving forward – Moses told a story. I think that's profound.

(This post is adapted from a conversation I've been having related to my post, "MB's Beyond 2010")


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