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This week’s video playlist features 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.
I have spent a long time hating Bible story books. They tell a little story in isolation from the rest of the Bible’s narrative, and then they draw out some facile and vacuous moral, like: “Go be like Samson,” which happens to be awful advice. If my kids turn out like Samson, I may have to start taking drugs. But little tellings of little stories is how humans make culture. Am I short-circuiting the process by trying to dissolve the Samson story into the Jesus story? Is it perhaps not my job to hand my kids a finished pile of knowledge, but instead to induct them into a process that’s been going on a long time and is not yet finished — the process of getting to know an undomesticated God who refuses to fit into a single story?
Cain & Abel, Noah’s Ark, the Wall of Jericho — These stories are so much a part of who we are; we can’t fathom not sharing them with our kids. It would make as much sense as not telling my kids about Frodo and Sam. Still, those stories are a part of my background that sort of screwed me up, spiritually speaking. What’s a nerd to do?