"resurrection wonder"

"It is not easy to convey a sense of wonder, let alone resurrection wonder, to another. It’s the very nature of wonder to catch us off guard, to circumvent expectations and assumptions. Wonder can’t be packaged, and it can’t be worked up. It requires some sense of being there and some sense of engagement" (Eugene Peterson).
Easter is full of surprises. Embrace the wonder: He is risen!

Resurrection wonder indeed!

2 comments:

prushton said...

Thanks for sharing this Dave. I wonder how this should inform our preaching. I find it frustrating when worship leaders and preachers tell you how to feel on Easter Sunday. We need to create space for an encounter with the gospel not just explain it to people. I love how Mark ends - the unexpected abrupt finish to the resurrection story causes us to dig deeper and ask questions - to enter the story for ourselves. Perhaps Peterson is calling us to a narrative style of preaching.

David Warkentin said...

Good questions Phil. We've been going through Mark for months and I've come to feel this way through the whole experience. The whole book is a series of episodes revealing the "good news" of Mark 1:1. And as you say, the end continues this. I really like your comment, "create space for an encounter." A sermon isn't simply explaining, but an experience in itself. Narrative preaching definitely helps achieve this.

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