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LitBit Commentary – James K A Smith on the Scriptures 1

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LitBit: …worship is Scripture’s home, its native soil, its most congenial habitat. . . . It is in the liturgy . . . that Christians are schooled and exercised in the scriptural logic of the faith. In particular, the Scriptures provide the story of which we find ourselves a part, and thus the narration and absorption of the story is crucial to give us resources for knowing what we ought to do. The end of ingesting the story—“eating the book”—is in order to be and become a certain kind of person and a certain kind of people.

James K A Smith, Desiring the Kingdom p.196

 

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LitBit Commentary – Gordon Lathrop on Preaching 7

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LitBit: The preacher ought never to introduce a new text as “my text”, as if the preaching event were something other than what the assembly is doing as a whole. Even Jesus was handed the scroll of Isaiah. In the Christian community, all the members of the assembly need to know the texts, own the texts, be able to prepare the texts.

 

Gordon Lathrop, The pastor, p49.

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LitBit Commentary – Gordon Lathrop on Preaching 6

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Litbit: In the assembly, the preacher arises to bring to present articulation what the assembly is doing by gathering, reading Scripture, praying, and holding the meal on Sunday or on some other festival. Indeed, the juxtaposition of this sermon to the celebration of the Lord’s Supper makes it most clear that this a word that is to be eaten and drunk in faith, just as that is a meal that “preaches”, that makes proclamation into present need.”

 

Gordon Lathrop, The pastor, p47.

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LitBit Commentary – Gordon Lathrop on Preaching 5

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LitBit: When you open the book containing the gospels and read or hear how Christ comes here or there, of how someone is brought to him, you should therein perceive the sermon or the gospel through which he is coming to you, or you are being brought to him. For the preaching of the gospel is nothing else than Christ coming to us, or we being brought to him.

 

Martin Luther, in Gordon Lathrop’s The pastor, p49.

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LitBit Commentary – Rowan Williams on the Bible 3

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“instead of that picture of the Bible as a book held in the hands of a solitary reader alone in a room, have in your mind another kind of picture, one in which somebody is proclaiming God’s story to a gathering of diverse people – and all of them asking themselves, and asking one another, ‘How do we find ourselves in this? How are we going to be renewed together by this reading?’ Because when that happens, the Bible is an essential source, as well as a sign, of the Christian life”

Rowan Williams, Being Christian p.39

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LitBit Commentary – Rowan Williams on the Bible 2

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…reading the Bible is about listening to God in Jesus – which is what Christians ought to be doing in all circumstances anyway. It is letting the Holy Spirit bring you inside the story of how God related to the ancient Israelites and the first Christian believers – letting the Holy Spirit bring you inside that story so that you recognize it as your story.”

Rowan Williams, Being Christian p.36

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