This weekend I had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles to speak at the Rethink Seminar. This is an event hosted by the Path Church (Pico Rivera, CA) that evolved out of the annual Theology Matters Conference. Those who remember my old blog will be familiar with the name of the pastor of the Path Church: Robert Jimenez (along with his wife, Becky). Robert used to co-blog with me. Now along with his wife he is leading an exciting community that is a safe space for those whose past experiences may prevent them from being able to join with more traditional churches.
I was asked, in gist, to talk about reading the Bible in the modern age. I gave one seminar style talk on Friday evening and another talk in lieu of a sermon during their worship gathering. The first is titled "Wrestling with the Scriptures" wherein I used the story of Jacob's encounter with a man/an angel/God at the place he'd call "Penuel" (Gen. 32:22-32) as a model of how we might read the Bible. The second is titled "Arguing with Heaven" where I examine seven "snapshots" from the Bible where people are presented as challenging (or not challenging) God's plans and/or declarations asking what these stories tell us about our posture toward the Bible, or in prayer, etc.
Robert has uploaded the audio from the talks to Soundcloud. And I told a couple people that I'd upload my notes, so here they are:
Friday, October 23rd: Wrestling with the Scriptures
Sunday, October 25th: Arguing with Heaven