Micro, Macro, Meta

As a pastor and now adjunct staff for more than half a dozen church I realize that much of our time spent in the bible is to attempt to answer what I might call micro and macro biblical questions.  Micro questions focus on textual details trying to discern the meaning of verses, context, social custom and history.  Listen to preaching today and a lot of it focuses on these issues.  Macro questions are getting at the 30,000 foot fly by.  These questions ask things like “is there a cohesive narrative that joins all these disparate chunks together?”  “Is there an overarching plot and storyline that provides hints and clues to how the text as a whole might apply?”  Both micro and macro questions of the text are important.  But I think there is an even more important questions….

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