Friday, October 29, 2010

Worldview, Genesis 1-3, and a Very Inspiring Woman

On Wednesday night I met Marsha Brim. What an inspiring woman! We had a little seminar at Exodus during which she showed us how to use her course to teach worldview to our children. From the way she brings everything back to learning about God to the way she teaches a way of categorizing worldviews in a way that makes sense, her course sounds like an excellent way to prepare kids ready to face the world as Christians, both in word and deed. I wish more people could have made it to the seminar.

And yet, I'm glad my parents, one father, Eli and I got her all to ourselves. The conversation we ended up having was encouraging and inspiring to us and I think to her too. She has been reading Genesis 1-3 for years and using "narrative theology" to interpret the Scriptures without even knowing that there is such a method. She just discovered Peter Leithart's Deep Exegesis a while ago and was excited to find other people (scholars at that!) seeing the same patterns and themes in the Bible that she was. I loved hearing her show how the whole Bible is the story of Genesis 1-3 worked out and how the seven days of creation are a theme that shows up again and again. I loved this because it's what I've grown up hearing from Paster Tuuri, James Jordan, and others. But she hasn't read Jordan or listened to Paster Tuuri preach. Maybe this stuff really is in the Bible or something! And to hear her talk was to see the Lord using her to do great things for the Kingdom. When she spoke it was from her heart. I feel like I've found a kindred spirit.

Thank you, Marsha Brim, for driving up here from northern California and thank you for giving your presentation to just five of us, four of whom you had already been talking to over dinner. It was a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to seeing what God has in store for you.

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