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MAR 24, 2015 - Visual Epistles

Discipleship and Pain

Our stories can be told in several ways, either through the “script” that tells us we should be predatory or through the “script” that tells us we should be a neighbor to the other. Professor Brueggmann says that if we are disciples of Jesus, then the neighborly one is the story that must transform our lives. However, this story must start with acknowledgement of pain. In following Jesus, we are encountering people who are in pain or who are causing pain in others.

Questions for Reflection

  1. Brueggemann starts by asserting, “If you take the one script to be predatory and one script to be neighborly…then discipleship, following Jesus, has to do with aligning one’s self consistently with the neighbor script.” These scripts are narrative frameworks in which we use to live out our lives. In other words, we choose to live out the stories we adopt or write for our ourselves. How does the neighborly script have to do with discipleship? Why is this the more difficult script out of which to live?
  2. Why is it when we fall out of the neighbor script that “we always want to return to Pharaoh’s Egypt” and “participate in the production enterprise”?
  3. Brueggeman describes, “Discipleship is becoming aware of how we are deeply committed to the predatory narrative.” How is it that we are “committed to the predatory narrative”? How to we abandon this narrative?
  4. Brueggemann says, “Living in terms of the neighbor script brings a kind of freedom with it because it is the story of our true selves.” How does the neighbor script bring us closer to our true selves?
  5. Brueggemann asserts that the starting point of our stories should be, “What pain do you got and where does it come from?”

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