Tuesday, December 24, 2013

An Extraordinary Life

Link to an 8 x 10 .pdf file with graphics (12MB) of "An Extraordinary Life"

In the third chapter of my doctoral dissertation, The Symbolism of Evil: An Application of Paul Ricoeur's Phenomenological Hermeneutic, I develop a "Second Naiveté Christology."

My discussion of "The Words of Jesus" centered on current scholarly research of metaphors and parables. Recent scholarship emphasizes how in Jesus' parables something "extravagant" or "extraordinary" directs the mind to something that transcends the context of ordinary life described in the stories.

In my discussion of "The Works of Jesus" I observe that this same process characterizes the gospels. I wrote, "Just as Jesus' parables employed the extraordinary within the ordinary to open the imagination to something beyond, the gospel writers found something extraordinary within the ordinary life of Jesus that pointed to an interpretation of his life that was beyond the ordinary."

The words to "An Extraordinary Life" were written to demonstrate that the life and works of Jesus could be described as "a parable of God."

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Appalachian Winter

Appalachian Winter at NorthHaven Baptist Church from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo.

The choir at NorthHaven Baptist Church in Norman, Oklahoma, under the direction of Music Minister Cheryl Tarter, performs Joseph Martin's "Appalachian Winter: A Cantata for Christmas" on December 15, 2013.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Channelling Christmas: Bringing the Christmas Story to Life

Channelling Christmas from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo.

"Channelling Christmas: Bringing the Christmas Story to Life," a children's play written by NorthHaven's own Josh and Autumn Lockett, performed on December 18, 2013 at NorthHaven Baptist Church in Norman, Oklahoma.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Faithful Progress

Here are links to the first two issues of Faithful Progress, the newsletter of the Oklahoma Faith Network.

September 2013 issue (pdf)

December 2013 issue (pdf)