Have you ever taken the time to take an honest and fair look at the most controversial book in history? Lauren McAfee shares why the Bible might be nothing we expected yet everything we need in her brand new book, Not What You Think.
Lauren McAfee and Michael McAfee have been married for ten years; and Michael calls Lauren his Sunday School sweetheart.
You can say Michael is obsessed with all things Bible. He was one of the first employees at Museum of the Bible. Michael serves as a Teaching Pastor and speaker around the country.
Both he and Lauren are pursuing their Ph.D. in Ethics and Public Policy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Now Lauren is a communicator, connector, and most importantly, a coffee enthusiast with a heart to engage others in the Bible.
You may recall Lauren’s visit with us a little over a year ago with her mom, Jackie Green — who is the wife of Steve Green, who is the President of Hobby Lobby and founder of Museum of the Bible. They shared with us their book Only One Life.
Well today, Michael and Lauren, a dynamic duo, have banded together to share their passion about the transformational power of the Bible in their brand new book, Not What You Think: Why The Bible Might Be Nothing We Expected Yet Everything We Need.
“The Bible is a personal story set on a universal stage.” ~ Lauren McAfee
Enjoy the multitude of topics discussed including millennials, humility, Harry Potter, grief, plus so much more.
- New book
- Bible Opened
- Bible Engaged
- Bible Closed
- Millennials & Gen Z
- What do you believe?
- Museum of the Bible
- Humble approach
- Five I’s Framework
- Relationships not rules
- Universal story
- Cultural messages
- Push Back
- Where are the answers?
- Harry Potter
- Rules of the Framework
- C.S. Lewis
- Bold claims
- Simpsons vs. Shakespeare
- UVerison App
- Ultimate Hope
“Engaging with something like the Bible, can bring a different level of depth.” ~ Lauren McAfee
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Quotes and statements within the interview:
“And share a bit about kind of how we should think about Millennials and what our generation is like, so we can better understand how our generation is or rather isn’t engaging with the Bible today.”
“Those of us may be open to the Bible, and kind of see it as something that’s just out there — that’s the middle group. (Bible Opened)”
“Those that are really engaged in the Bible see the Bible as significant for their life; it shapes their life. (Bible Engaged)”
“Those that are not really interested in the Bible. They not only don’t think about it, but they’re definitely not interested that don’t want to, wouldn’t want to even, if someone invited them to. (Bible Closed).”
“If we are the open-minded generation that we are, why not be open-minded towards engaging in this book.”
“Though we each grew up with families that were very engage in the Bible, we each had to come to terms with the Bible, what we thought about the Bible for ourselves.”
“We, as Millennials, realize that we’re not an older generation that’s developed all the expertise. But as Millennials, we have spent a lot of time in the conversations with other Millennials.”
“Most of us are checking Twitter for the news.”
“We integrate everything in our life; things between kind of personal and public; the lines are blurred there, because of the rise of social media.”
“So while we have lots of integrated relationships, we’re rarely intimate in those relationships.”
“So it’s about that relationship and not necessarily about the Ten Commandments and rules, though that is apart of the story.”
“We recognize that we live in a world full of broken people (that’s because of sin), and that no church, no Christian is perfect. And so we do cause hurts to each other and sometimes really bad hurts.”
“I knew that there had to be ways to process through these questions, and even if I couldn’t find the answer, at least kind of dig into understanding better where he was coming from.”
“That was a gift that I wouldn’t have had if I wasn’t able to be challenged and have people question and bring up good points that were worth considering until I wrestled through that.”
“Michael mentions that I am a big Harry Potter fan.”
“There’s so much evidence that’s hard to push aside.
“But also realize that not all content is of equal value.”
“Michael and I are so grateful for what we know from scripture, and that firm foundation to hold to in the midst of suffering when we don’t understand, it doesn’t make sense, we don’t know why.”
“We have that hope because of who Christ is and what He’s done for us.”
What has your story gifted you?
“Courage to have more conversations with others about engaging in the Bible.”
Resources mentioned in the episode:
- CONNECT with Lauren McAfee
- BOOK: Not What You Think
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaurenAMcAfee
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurenAMcAfee1/
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-green-mcafee-9408876b/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurenamcafee/
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