Experiencing Cotton Patch Moments

March 23, 2016

During a visit to the park over the weekend, a group of college guys showed up dressed in Medieval robes and wielding fake swords. Soon the "swords" were swinging as they tried out their "moves" to "kill" each other. When my four-year-old son saw them coming, he announced their arrival with a matter-of-fact tone.

"The soldiers are coming," he said. "I hope they don't kill us like they did Jesus on the cross."

The world looks a bit different for him. He sees adventures, dangers, and characters I don't. Maybe that's my problem. Times like "holy week" can sometimes seem so mundane. We've lost a bit of the magic and drama of the story. 

I wrote a piece for NextSunday Resources that explores the need to see biblical stories alive in our own time and context. The piece, Experiencing Cotton Patch Moments, builds on the prophetic imagination of Clarence Jordan and his Cotton Patch Gospel. I hope we can learn to see the biblical stories playing out around us.


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