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God’s EPIC Adventure
ISBN 0979907608
412 Pages

Foreword by Leonard Sweet …[This] book is an invitation to the party of your life.

Afterword by Brian McLaren …a solid and inspiring presentation of the Biblical storyline.

Book Summary

God's EPIC AdventureYou sit down to read the text of Scripture. When you look at it on the page, it looks like some kind of a strange technical manual with all those large and small numbers that break up the text. Because Scripture is presented this way, readers have learned to read and memorize those small fragments and that has led to fragmented lives amongst the flock of the followers of Jesus. We have become versified mutts, suffering from what Dr. Winn Griffin calls versitis. What is the antidote to this serious, potentially deadly problem? Learning to Read and Live in God’s Story.

God’s EPIC Adventure provides the reader with a basic background of how we find ourselves in our present position of reading Scripture in such a fragmentized way. In God’s EPIC Adventure, Dr. Griffin uses Bishop Tom Wright’s five-act-play model as a way of presenting Scripture as a full-length Story in order to assist the reader in a better reading experience of Scripture’s text. Thinking and reading Scripture as Story can result in a follower of Jesus learning the art of living in the Story that Scripture presents, rather than applying fragmented parts of it and becoming a theological quilt. Dr. Griffin presents the gluing themes of Covenant in the Old Testament and Kingdom of God in the New Testament as two ways of saying the same thing, namely that God has invaded this present evil age with his rule.

In the Prologue, he helps the reader discover how we ended up in this theological fix of reading Scripture in such a fragmented way. Then, he presents the Story in a chronological storyline from Genesis to Revelation. In the last section of this book, he presents a way of thinking about how we as actors in God’s Story can use our imagination and improvise our part in God’s EPIC Adventure. Dr. Griffin keys God’s EPIC Adventure to the New Bible Dictionary and The Books of The Bible so that the reader can get more information about the text and can read the text without all the human additives that have been placed in the text that hinder its reading. Readers will find ways to use this book that they have never thought of before!

God’s EPIC Adventure
ISBN: 0979907608
412 Pages
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Author Profile

Dr. Winn GriffinWinn Griffin is President of Seeing the Bible Live Ministries, Woodinville, WA. He received a B.A., a M.A., a D.Min., and a second D.Min. from George Fox University. The first three degrees are in Biblical Studies, the latter one is in Leadership in the Emerging Culture. He teaches at Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, WA, and is Academic Dean of Missio Dei Learning Community, Monroe, WA. He and his wife, Donna Faith, live in Woodinville, WA, and have two adult children, Jason and Jeramie Joy. They participate with Vineyard Community Church, Shoreline, WA.

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Story. Corporate America’s Perspective [Squirrel Inc.]

Squirrel, Inc.. is sub-titled “A Fable of Leadership through Storytelling.” Its author is a well-known consultant for corporate America. His thesis is that “you can use the magic of narrative to lead.” He believes that you can transform change in an organization with six different kinds of stories that impact work and personal life. It is intriguing to see that those outside the church are picking up on what the church has had from its beginning but somehow got sidetracked over the past years as outside sources influenced the church instead of the church influencing the outside sources. While storytelling in cultures has never been dead, it has somewhat been diminished in the church in favor of the fragmentation of the Enlightenment. (Stephen Denning, Squirrel Inc. (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2004), xiii-xv.)

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Story. Peterson’s Perspective [A Voice of Reason]

For Eugene Peterson, story is the heart of language. He suggests that we need to present the story with some definition added and let the Holy Spirit help the hearer figure the story out without becoming impatient. By “some definition: I understood Peterson to mean “historical setting.” Peterson senses that the biggest fault of those who teach is that they don’t trust their students to really have the capacity to learn. He believes that one needs to understand the context from which the story is being taught and that the reader of the story needs to be aware of the “big picture” of the Story. [Eugene Peterson, "Two Days with Eugene Peterson: A Conversation about Story and Other Topics," (October 20-22, 2003). This was a personal conversation with Eugene Peterson at his home in Montana.]

For Peterson, “story is an act of verbal hospitality.” He insists, “We live in a world improvised of story.” Words provide a form of currency used to provide information. To be schooled is primarily to accumulate information. (Eugene H. Peterson, Stories of Jesus (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1999), 7-8). Motivational speech runs a close second to the accumulation of information. While both are important, they are impersonal. In them there is no discovery, no relationship, and no personal attentiveness. For it to be personal we need story and storytellers.

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Story. Sweet’s Perspective [The Importance of Story]

The current lead mentor of the Leadership in Emerging Culture Doctor of Ministry program at George Fox University is Dr. Leonard Sweet. As the seismic writer of SoulTsunami he says that “every kid in the world knows these four words: …”Tell Me A Story.” (Leonard I. Sweet, SoulTsunamiSoulTsunami (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1999), 423).

He believes that story came to be a negative word in the modern world. To be a “storyteller” was one of the worst things you could call a person, but in the postmodern world storytellers hold the future in their hands, especially those who use all the “basic media forms: print, software, audio, and video” (Sweet, SoulTsunami. 424). More

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