Understanding the “How” of Worldviews

transforming worldviewsAs part of my studies at Fuller, I’m currently reading Paul Hiebert’s Transforming Worldviews: An Anthropological Understanding of How People Change. Because this doctoral degree is essentially focused in intercultural, mission and leadership studies, our professors want us giving some of our time to the field of anthropology, or the study of peoples.

This work has been excellent thus far. Not because it simply lays out bullet-point beliefs of other peoples or religions. Rather, Hiebert’s work emphasizes the point of how people have come to hold the worldview they hold. Continue reading

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The Role of Stories in Life

peterson-wrk01.inddI’ve probably mentioned not a few times of my love for Eugene Peterson as a pastor-teacher. I can read and re-read any of Peterson’s work at any point. He’s simply one of my favorites. I recently decided to re-read Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology, which is part of Peterson’s “conversation” series. The book is based off the lines of a Gerald Manley Hopkins poem entitled As Kingfishers Catch Fire.

As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame;
As tumbled over rim in roundy wells
Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s
Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name;
Each mortal thing does one thing and the same:
Deals out that being indoors each one dwells;
Selves — goes itself; myself it speaks and spells,
Crying Whát I dó is me: for that I came.

I say móre: the just man justices;
Keeps grace: thát keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is —
Chríst — for Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men’s faces.

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