Part of the delight of spending time with my oldest grandson is that he takes nothing for granted.
“Bam, why bubble pop?”
“Because you stood on it.”
Well, good question. Why indeed, and even now, our conversations still routinely run on in this vein of relentless curiosity. Now that he’s old enough to have moved from bubble questions to Bible questions, the flow stops at nothing, not necessarily because “Bam” comes up with anything like satisfactory answers, but because the seven-year-old mind keeps jumping the rails to new topics that require exploration.
Historically, the church has an uneasy relationship with curiosity, beginning with the Son of God himself receiving flack throughout his earthly ministry from the anti-questioning party in power at that time. Casey Tygrett invites Jesus’ present-day followers back into the spiritual practice of Becoming Curious, beckoning readers into the tension that holds opposing concepts in a space that waits for answers from all the multitude of possibilities.
Pressing into a spiritual practice of asking questions holds the door open for those in the following life to move beyond the basics of what and how questions and to live our way into the world of why. It’s our motives that shape who we are, and rather than pasting a list of legal requirements to our exterior selves, Jesus challenges believers in the practice of becoming.
You may even discover that curious living extends into the uncomfortable realm of failure.
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And Now, Let’s Talk About Another Book!
The Mind in Another Place
I’ve always been curious about the life of an academic, and while my own story has been anything but ivory tower, I fully identify with Luke Timothy Johnson’s assessment that the pursuit of truth often results in a life characterized by The Mind in Another Place. In his engaging memoir, Johnson recounts the influences that shaped his early decision to become a scholar and then remembers the unique challenges and rewards of that manner of life.
Whether we make a career in academia or simply make the commitment to a life of intellectual inquiry, Johnson’s story is an inspiration to pursue excellence and to embrace curiosity. Particularly in today’s cancel-culture, the risks of true scholarship run from pesky trolling all the way to career-ending attacks, requiring a level of courage in the pursuit and the communication of truth.
Fortunately, the author’s immersion in New Testament literature has been more than merely academic, and his passion for learning was fueled by a relationship with the main character of the sacred text. His role as a teacher was clearly a calling, enabling him to conclude, “As I gladly learned, so gladly did I teach.” May this be the motive behind my own quest for truth!
Holding You in the Light,
Whether we make a career in academia or simply make the commitment to a life of intellectual inquiry, #TheMindinAnotherPlace is an inspiration to pursue excellence and to embrace #curiosity. @eerdmansbooks #bookreviewTweet
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