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Imagination

I taught my third session about Colossians on Wednesday night last week. The audio is on my podcast, and here are the notes:

Imagination

Every day, the average American is exposed to
“The key pathology of our time, which seduces us all, is the reduction of the imagination so that we are too numbed, satiated and co-opted to do serious imaginative work.” —Walter
Brueggemann

“Vanquished peoples are not really subjects until their imagination has been taken captive . . .
As long as long as they harbor dreams of a social reality alternative to the empire, they are a threat to the empire. . . And until that imagination is broken, domesticated and reshaped in the image of the
empire, the people are still free.”
—Walsh and
Keesmaat

By a reasonable estimate, each of us is exposed to about 500 advertising messages per day.

The Scripture I read is
Colossians 2:6 through the end of the chapter, from the Today's New International Version. The "Targum" I read from is found in Colossians Remixed (though I modified the targum somewhat for the group). I do not have copyright permission to reproduce those here for you.

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