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Monday, December 11, 2006
Advent as Plot Device
I led a few sessions last week at a conference for campus pastors called Refresh. I taught in the area of worship. I promised those participating a biblography this week. I'm getting to that one and will have it in the next day or so. So don't give up. IN the meantime, for you who were with me, and for the other FARMers out there I offer this quote that has stirred me for some time now. It's a good word for Advent. How might Advent provide us an occasion/opportunity to become more deeply immersed in the Story?

“Do not suppose that this is the kind of drama one can view from a grandstand seat. We are not to be spectators of something that happened once upon a time. The Bible is not a book of ancient history. It is more like the commedia dell’arte, a dramatic form which flourished in sixteenth-century Italy. In this kind of drama, the players were asked to improvise, to put themselves into the story. To be sure, it was not a free improvisation, for there were some given elements: there was the director, there was a company of actors, and there was a story plot which was given to them in broad outline. With these given elements they were told to improvise—that is, to fill in the gaps on their own.

We too, are “called upon to improvise—that is,
to put ourselves into the story
and to fill in the gaps with our own experience. We must be ready to get onto the biblical stage and participate personally—along with the ‘company,’ the community of faith—in the dramatic movement of the plot, act by act.

Bernhard W. Anderson, The Unfolding Drama of the Bible, (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1988),16,17.
posted by John David Walt | at 12/11/2006 07:41:00 AM



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