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God's EPIC Adventure: Changing Our Culture by the Story We Live and Tell (The Reader Edition) Paperback – December 15, 2013
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Readers of Scripture...will learn here how to step right into the big picture of God's story. If you want to understand the buzz about "narrative" and Scripture, Winn's book is a surefooted and up-to-date guide.
About the Author
Winn Griffin is a writer, Bible teacher, and pastor. He has taught in the church and in the college system during that time. He is the founder and president of Seeing the Bible Live Ministries. In addition he has created two online schools: The Institute for Biblical Studies and Missio Dei Learning Community. He created Harmon Press where he is the Publisher to help authors who are a bit invisible to get their books into print easily.
He served as the Research Director for Vineyard Ministries International, Anaheim, CA. He was the Editor for the first Vineyard magazine: First Fruits. He was the founder and director of Vineyard Institute for Ministry, which was the first training center for young Vineyard pastors in addition to giving oversight to personnel and training in two other Vineyard schools. He has made hundreds of public presentations. He has authored two pBooks (God's EPIC Adventure and googling God's Will and several eBooks).
Winn loves spending time with his family, collecting baseball cards, watching movies, eating banana sandwiches (now with Splenda), traveling, reading mystery stories, and watching sports. He has received Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and two Doctor of Ministry degrees. The first three were in Biblical Studies. The last DMin at George Fox University, Portland, OR, was in Leadership in the Emerging Culture.
Winn is a member of Society of Biblical Literature, the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and the Society of Vineyard Scholars.
His websites include: harmonpress.com, drwinn.com, and winngriffin.com.
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To do this, Winn Griffin starts off by discussing the presumptions held by the modern church as well as his own presumptions (Griffin is a Kingdom Theologian with two D.Mins with deep roots in the Vineyard Movement). From there he stresses the importance of understanding the culture and reason why a particular book of the Bible was written.
For example, when studying the book of Genesis it is extremely important to understand that the book was `written' by Moses during the Israelites 40 year journey through the wilderness. The culture around the Israelites during that time was a polytheistic culture which attributed the works of nature to multiple gods. The creation narrative of Genesis, therefore, is less of a scientific treaty about how the world came into being and more of an attack against the gods of the land (i.e. it would have taught the Israelites that their God was ruler of everything in nature as Him made everything).
In keeping with the scope of the project, Griffin walks the reader through the five acts (listed below) of the Bible fairly quickly - giving simple overviews of each of the book of the Bible within their historical context. This is one of the most valuable jewels of this book as most Bible's list the books according the genres, making it easy to forget the time period in which a book was written (especially the minor prophets!).
The Five Acts:
1. Creating the Stage on Which the Story Will Be Acted Out (i.e. creation)
2. Separation: From Dependence to Independence (i.e. Adam and Eve)
3. Israel: The Called People of God to Be the Light of the World (i.e. Everything from Adam/Eve to Jesus)
5. The Rest of the Story in the New Testament (and Beyond)
Oh - BTW, it is cool to note that the word "EPIC" in the book title is an acronym meaning:
This acronym also helps to explain why Griffin published the book with wide margins, study questions, graphs and the like - he wanted it to be experiential, participatory, image-rich and connectivity.
Fantastic resource for the Church; from layperson---> Sr. Pastor it is a must own for every library.