In anticipation of the book’s release in 2014, I am going to offer a series of excerpts on this blog. I hope these selections wet your whistle; may you be like my son, Sam, who knows the word, “more”!
From the Introduction:
One of my all-time favorite snapshots was taken a few
hours after my son’s birth. I am sitting on a hospital sofa,
the lines of exhaustion clearly visible on my face, as I smile
down at this swaddled bundle held in my hands. These
are first-time father’s hands: awkward, anxious, yet deeply
attuned. This little one in his knit cap is clearly a wonder
to me. My son, Sam, holds his eyes wide open in fierce attentiveness.
His brow is furrowed, as if deep in thought.
Clearly, I am a marvel to him as well.
In the Gospels of the New Testament, we find snapshots
of the teachings of Jesus. As I re-live my first moments
with my son in some small way by looking at that favorite
picture, we re-consider the kingdom of God each time we
encounter an image or story from the Bible. In academic
disciplines, this is called the hermeneutical approach,
meaning one’s method of interpretation. We study an ancient
text in order to learn as much detail as possible about
this snapshot and, in turn, about ourselves as interpreters.
We allow our reading to speak to our hearts and minds. We
offer an interpretation, not only about what we see, but also
what we think; not only about what we read, but also what
Copyright Andrew Taylor-Troutman, 2014; Wipf & Stock Publishers