Between the Lines: Easter 2: April 7, 2013

Text: Acts 5:27-32

 

Detail from Albrecht Dürer

Detail from Albrecht Dürer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority.”

 

We are asked here to rethink our ideas of and assumptions about authority.

 

What is the “master story” you were taught or assumed or absorbed in your youth?  What did you “know” or think was so obvious it wasn’t even conscious?  Peter challenges the council to consider what they think they know.

 

So… as we rethink our own history –

 

What is the cost to us of doing the hard work of re-imagining the early Christian movement in all its diversity and pluralism?  How might our community be different if we took this seriously?  What promise might we see?  What is the cost to you, personally, if you took this seriously?  What promise?

 

Can we do it?

 

Should we?

 

What difference might it make?

 

– Beth Harrison

 


 

“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC.  For details and subscription information, see About BibleWorkbench.

 

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