Today our family continues our year-long trek through the big storyline of the Bible, using Brian McLaren’s WE MAKE THE ROAD BY WALKING as a guide for inducting our 3 children into our love for the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.
This week is chapter 3, Being Human, so our Wednesday-night after-dinner conversation will dive deep into Psalm 145.1-16; Proverbs 8.1-36; John 1.1-17.
First, we READ the main text (John 1.1-17) out loud together, each of us taking one paragraph at a time.
Second, we WATCH the video playlist I’ve prepared. The list includes various big-picture ideas about life, including Conflict (Conan the Barbarian: “Crush your enemies and hear the lamentations of the women”), Consumption/Wealth, the meaningless Bigness of the universe (from Monty Python’s “Meaning of Life”), Yoda’s ruminations on The Force, an awesome auto-tuned song on how “We are all connected,” George Carlin’s “Stuff” bit, plus video renditions of all our Scripture texts:
After the videos, we will play with the different pattern-recognition exercises at the beginning of the chapter in We Make the Road by Walking. We use this PDF slideshow to display the patterns and ask/discuss the questions.
Then we have a conversation that lasts as long as we feel like. Some conversation starters:
- What’s one idea from this that is interesting or disturbing or happy or confusing to you?
- What would Yoda say if you told him The Force became a particular human being?
- Is there a movie you like to watch over and over? Why do you think you want to see it again and again?
- Share a story about a time when you behaved as if life was all about Rivalry, Money, or Pleasure.