Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Oppression Narrative & The Brooklyn Tabernacle

From Rob Bell's new book Jesus Wants to Save Christians:

Most of the Bible is a history told by people living in lands occupied by conquering superpowers. It's a book written from the underside of power. It's an oppression narrative. The majority of the Bible was written by a minority people living under the rule and reign of massive, mighty empires, from the Egyptian Empire to the Babylonian Empire to the Persian Empire to the Assyrian Empire to the Roman Empire.
This can make the Bible a very difficult book to understand if you are reading it as a citizen of the most powerful empire the world has ever seen. Without careful study and reflection, and humility, it may even be possible to miss central themes of the Scriptures.
I am posting today from Manhattan, New York. Kip (my worship ministry) and I traveled here yesterday to attend a prayer meeting held every Tuesday night at The Brooklyn Tabernacle. We gathered with a few thousand people to call upon the name of the Lord for nearly 4 hours...yes...4 hours. It was incredible. One of the greatest experiences of my life.
Expect more later.


Jeff said...

I've gotta get the book.

Do you mind if I steal your post for my blog one day soon?

Josh Ross said...

Go for it, bro.