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February 13, 2013 | Feature | Number 4
By Barb Draper,

1. Bruce Hiebert says we will make better ethical decisions if our brains are filled with biblical images. Do you find his arguments convincing? Have we been doing a good job of immersing ourselves in the biblical stories? Have we been filling our minds with too many non-biblical images?

2. Hiebert suggests that it doesn’t matter if we don’t agree on how to interpret the Bible because it is the ethical lessons of the stories that are important. Does this approach feel liberating or threatening? What could happen to a congregation that tried to operate on his suggestion?

3. Reading Scripture the way Hiebert suggests means letting go of structured interpretation and waiting for God to bring a new revelation for each situation. Following this method, what are some specific things that you might do to care for creation? What would this approach not allow you to do? Is this how Jesus used Scripture in Matthew 12:1-12 or Luke 6:1-9?

4. In his final list of how to make the world a better place, Hiebert writes that we should tell the stories of where God is acting. Can you think of some stories where you have seen God at work? Where does your congregation tell such stories? How could Canadian Mennonite magazine play a stronger role in telling these stories?

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