The Bible and the Communion of Saints: A Churchly Plural Reading of Scripture
This chapter discusses how the whole people of God should faithfully engage Scripture in view of God's kingdom, particularly in light of the historic and global church. It begins with a discussion on how the prevailing modernistic reading of Scripture in the American church has led to fragmentation in the formation of the whole people of God, impeding the progress of faithful reading and obedience to Scripture in multicultural contexts in which the American church finds itself. Second, a modest proposal offers a more encompassing reading of Scripture, in light of the enormousness of the scope and meaning of Scripture and God's vision for all his kingdom's people. A sampling is displayed of rich “voices from the margin” in the modern American church—invaluable partners—in line with the plural reading proposed. Last, in the way of praxis, a biblical vision of God's kingdom, which must guide the very fabric of the churchly plural reading of Scripture, is briefly described.
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