Living exegesis

In closing out our learning about exegetical work, we ended with the following question, inspired by Gorman’s Elements of Biblical Exegesis: What congregational practices form the kind of community that can engage in a “living exegesis” of the sacred text?

Are you trained to hear God?

I attended this morning’s eucharist service at SPU. 7:30am on a Friday in a small chapel with beautiful stained glass and brick walls. It kind of reminded me of my childhood when dad served small rural churches in Iowa; the old smell of wooden seats that creaked¬†every time¬†someone squirmed in their seat. As we listed to Dr. Castelo’s word, he talked about how we must be trained to hear God. Our senses must be reoriented. Our ears must be tuned, our heart warmed, our mind ready to think and understand if we are truly going to claim the label “Christian.” We must be molded and reconfigured into something new.

As this new academic year begins, I wonder in what ways my spiritual senses will be heightened.