Early April, I was invited in to a café in Frankfurt with some 40 people to teach a course on NT Wright. What a fun opportunity! I could grab my pictures, whip up a PowerPoint and share and discuss for 4 hours. The setting was excellent and Kirche in Aktion did a wonderful job setting it up.
Sharing the NT Wright’s key ideas was wonderful, especially with people who did not have contact with him before. The pictures really allowed me to paint the big picture and take people on a journey.
There were three big impacts for the group. Initially, people really were stunned about the idea that the earth will be renewed. Most Christians assume a destruction of the world, and us playing harps on clouds all day long. Secondly, reading the Bible as story struck many as something fresh and intruiging. Funny how that is. Most people have an approach to distill principles and concepts from the Bible – but to take it as a story is new.
Finally, the piece on worldview hit home. I laid out how a worldview is constructed – like stories and symbols etc. Then, I shared a 1939 Nazi worldview. Then, a 2016 ISIS worldview. Finally, we talked about the worldview of today in the West (mainly consuming and self-realization). And then, I shared NT Wright’s take on the worldview of the New Testament. People were stunned about the clarity and radical nature of the Bible.
This was a milestone and showed how well the pictures and storyline work. I cannot wait to get more feedback on the content and share it with the wider world.