commonplace book entry


119/366 - crocheted scarf as belt, obi-style.

From The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers:

"I've only heard Fred Rogers describe himself as judgemental once.

As part of his [seminary] studies, and to encourage the development of his homiletic skills, he would visit different churches to see how the various ministers preached....Unfortunately, [the minister who was preaching one Sunday] was neither good nor meaningful.  Fred suffered through the sermon, mentally checking off every homiletic rule the man was bending, breaking or completely disregarding.  The sermon went against everything Fred was learning in seminary.  When it ended ("mercifully," he later told me), he turned to the friend beside him to commiserate.  But before he could say anything, his words were muted by the tears he saw streaming down her face. 

"He said exactly what I needed to hear," she whispered.

That bungle of a sermon was exactly what she needed to hear?  Fred didn't know what to say.  But as he began to ponder the gulf between their reactions, he realized that the essential difference lay within:  she had come in need and he had come in judgement."

From The Evolution of Adam:  What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say About Human Origins by Peter Enns (I am really appreciating the thoughtful, honest and respectful tone of this book.  It's a good read if you wrestle with the interplay of science and the account of Genesis.)

"Reading Genesis by ancient standards will actually help us to articulate positively how Genesis contributes to Christian thought.  The synthesis of Christianity and evolution is all too often simply perceived as taking something away from Genesis (its literal, historical, scientific value) and leaving nothing behind.  Rather, a proper understanding of the genre of Genesis helps us understand its theology, which aligns us with the very purpose for which Genesis was written.  If we want to have a meaningful conversation between evolution and Christianity, we must hear Genesis in its ancient voice, not impose upon it questions it will not answer or burdens it will not bear.  The only way to bring Genesis into our world is first to understand the world of Genesis and what this book is trying to say in its world.  Then we will be in a position to understand how Genesis can be appropriated by Christians today as a theological statement, not as a statement of modern scientific interest."