"I have much more to say to you,
more than you can now bear.
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes,
he will guide you into all truth. "
John 16: 12-13
I spent some time hanging out in the First Congregational Church this weekend, waiting to see a Halloween performance by the Riverside Ballet Company. We entered a hushed, darkened church, lit by kerosene lamps on the pews and watched ballet-dancing vampires. It was truly one of the creepiest things I've experienced, being that I'm not much for the horror/macabre/underworld scene.
While waiting for the performance to start, I had 30 long minutes to browse the church's literature. They feature the verse above, along with their signature line "God is still speaking," and this explanation:
God didn't stop speaking at the end of the Bible. God has more to say. God is still trying to get my attention, trying to get me to look, to feel, to listen. God speaks through other people, nature, music, art, and the Bible.
I read a great statement this weekend in Steve Lopez's interview with gay priest Geoffrey Farrow about his recent support for California's Proposition 8, "The Bible is not a book. It's a library written over 15 centuries."
The Bible is a library. I like that.