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She considers hope's relationship with faith, the human imagination, and community; distinguishes authentic hope from optimism and false hope, and draws upon her own experience with chronic illness, as well as what she has learned from places where hope is tested. Additionally, she addresses contemporary questions about where we can look for sources of hope in turbulent times. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x 9.

People who viewed this also viewed. Add to basket. Explore Ancient Rome! Switch On Your Brain Dr. The Case for Christ Lee Strobel. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Peter Scazzero. For the Word to be effectively received, however, it must be received by the people in their own language. The Reformers therefore emphasized the importance of conducting the liturgy in the common tongue, the vernacular.

Everywhere the Reformation came, a translation of the liturgy into the language of the people followed. Luther in his Formula Missae expressed hope that the Mass would be conducted in the vernacular, while the preface to the Book of Common Prayer notes that the English replaced the Latin in order to reach the hearts of the people. While the Reformers made numerous positive changes in advancing Scripture and its teaching in the liturgy, by far their most controversial decisions were their negative changes.

The Reformers devoted great energy to the removal of ceremonies and elements of the Mass that they deemed unbiblical. His service of the Word is focused entirely upon the sermon, and his service of the Supper bears little resemblance to the Mass. Even in those liturgies that followed the Mass more closely, such as the Book of Common Prayer, various ceremonies such as the elevation of the host and the invocation of saints were removed as they did not have explicit Biblical warrant.

But one of the most profound ways in which the Reformers emphasized the Scriptures in the liturgy was by expressing the inseparability of Word and Sacrament. The Sacraments were not voiceless vehicles of grace. Rather, they rested upon the promises of God. The result of liturgical reform was that the Word was given a more significant role within the liturgical means of grace.

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While the pre-Reformation Masses contained much that was Biblical, they tended to place Scripture in a position in which it contributed to the central act of worship in the Eucharist. The Reformers, however, saw Scripture as transformative and powerful in and of itself. Indeed, in the Reformed liturgies, Scripture took a role that was just as prominent as that of the Eucharist, and in some cases as with Zwingli one that was even more prominent.

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The Reformed liturgies located Scripture in a place wherein it was central to the means of grace: both prayer and the Sacraments were dependent upon it. Communities tell new stories, but they also re-make and reshape old stories, or, as Charlotte Linde's concept of "narrative induction" suggests, communities "take on an existing set of stories an existing set of stories as their own story" Martin Luther, of course, was no exception.

According to Mickey Leland Mattox, Martin Luther saw a close relationship between biblical narratives and his own society, "never hesitating to imagine the biblical characters into his world or himself into theirs" 1. Like Luther, contemporary American rock remains interested in the connections between biblical narrative and today.

Rather than focus on Springsteen's rendering of the biblical text, this paper turns to a more recent rock musician, Craig Finn, and his band, The Hold Steady. Finn, an American Catholic, often names characters in his songs after biblical characters, sometimes drawing an explicit link and sometimes leaving the connection ambiguous. For example, several Hold Steady songs follow Gideon, who, in the biblical narrative, is a military leader and judge, but, in these contemporary songs, Gideon is a member of a gang called the Cityscape Skins.

Apprenticed to Hope: A Sourcebook for Difficult Times (Living Well) (Living Well (Augsburg))

In one song, "Sweet Payne," St. Paul is likely a drug dealer because he "had it all when we called" and was "maxing out on medicine. Some might be skeptical of Finn's incorporation of biblical characters into contemporary contexts. These critics might see Finn's songs as perversions of the biblical narratives, even rubbing up uncomfortably against blasphemy.

In contrast to these possible critiques, however, I argue that Finn's recasting of biblical characters actually rests in a long Christian tradition of biblical adaptation, from medieval mystery plays to Jesus Christ, Superstar. Finn's seemingly blasphemous adaptation of the biblical narratives actually represents an immersion into the biblical text rather than a rejection or subversion of the text. Finn's reimagining of the biblical characters acting in the contemporary world is a radical re-enactment of the biblical narrative.

This is akin to what Walter Brueggemann, in a slightly different context, calls "doing the text" or "to entertain, attend to, participate in, and reenact the drama of the text" 1. This is a dynamic model of reading the Bible, one that sees the Bible not as an ancient, lifeless text but as a living, present text in which Christians can constantly participate. By placing the biblical characters in the contemporary age, Finn demonstrates that the Bible is relevant for our present and future time, as much as the past.

In addition to stressing the Bible as a living text, Finn's songs force us to reconsider the composition of the Christian community.