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Parables of Parenthood

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”!

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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

we feel.

Copyright Andrew Taylor-Troutman, 2014; Wipf & Stock Publishers

 

About Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I am a pastor and a preacher, a writer, a husband and a father. My professional and personal lives are deeply involved with story-telling: stories that are silly and poignant or profound and commonplace. Stories that are tear-jerkers and belly-shakers. Stories about my son, Sam, and the congregation I serve, New Dublin Presbyterian Church. Each in its own way, these personal narratives shed light on the great story that God is writing with humankind and all of creation.

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