The Ostrich

The ostrich is the largest and heaviest living bird. It is a flightless bird that can never take to the skies, so instead it’s built for running. Its long, thick, and powerful legs can cover great distances without much effort, and its feet have only two toes for greater speed.

When an ostrich senses danger and cannot run away, it flops to the ground and remains still, with its head and neck flat on the ground in front of it. Because the head and neck are lightly colored, they blend in with the color of the soil. From a distance, it just looks like the ostrich has buried its head in the sand, because only the body is visible.  While I won’t argue the veracity of these  tactics, you understand where we get the idea of burying our head in the sand, refusing to acknowledge or confront a problem or method of dealing with a problem.

What does this have to do with spirituality?  What might this have to do with Scripture?   

We live in a context that affords us so much opportunity to open our eyes to reading the Bible in new and old ways that position us for discovery and growth.  Do we use the resources that are available to explore what we might come to know in this time about the Bible?  This magnificent narrative …are we willing to settle for the condensed systems and boxes into which we have placed it?   Are these methodologies ” burying our heads in the sand ” when God wants a cosmos size understanding. 

Ron says…

Unless we recognize the unique historically evolved social context of the authors and the characters they are writing about we will consistently  misread Scripture, extracting principles never intended and/or randomly picking and choose stuff that doesn’t really apply to us anyway.   

Ron is guiding those involved at Spiritual Explorations Live on Sunday nights through the social evolution and human development in the characters and context of the Bible.  We are questioning the questions that we have thought the Bible answered and working to get at what was really going on not only contextually, historically,  but also in the human development of the characters.  Ron is leading us in the composition of the Bible and how we can read it in a manner consistent with how the literature was put together…this (R)evolutionary Spirituality of Scripture.

Ron just created a video that hits on one element of The (R)evolutionary Spirituality of Scripture titled From Instinct to Imagination which helps us read the Bible in story type ways rather than the typical owners manual.  In this video Ron takes you through the creation story and the Tower of Babel story to teach us how to apply a reading with the lenses of the social context of the story, the social context of the author of the story, our social context, and the character development (human life change) that is narrated in these incredible stories.

Ron will show you in this video how to look at this Grand Narrative as the (R)evolutionary text it is.   Don’ t miss this.   Pick it up today! Go to the velocitystore here and order Instinct to Imagination.


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