Red Jesus, Blue Jesus, Post-Liberal Jesus

Jason Micheli —  February 3, 2013 — 1 Comment

jesus-red-blueMy post the other day about post-liberalism left some, understandably, wanting an example or clarification of how post-liberalism would be applied to a specific biblical text vs how a Protestant liberal and an evangelical might handle the same text.

Rather than come up with something from scratch, I’d point to a sermon I wrote (Gosh, was it last year? I can’t remember.) I titled it Red Jesus, Blue Jesus and the text was Luke 10, the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

You can click here and read it. Hopefully you can see the moves I made, illustrating how a liberal would read the text (Blue Jesus), as a summons for us to serve the least, lost, blah, blah, blah; how an evangelical would read the text (Red Jesus), as simply an entree into their own agenda- in this case, an altar call- and then how a post-liberal would read the text (the third reading that I didn’t name as post-liberal in the sermon), treating the text as text and letting it narratively shape us.

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One response to Red Jesus, Blue Jesus, Post-Liberal Jesus

  1. A good example of one who let the text speak was Spurgeon.
    Quotes like this would shock his evangelical fans:
    http://spurgeonwarquotes.wordpress.com/

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