Intergenerational Brainstorming

A brainstorm is defined as a spontaneous group discussion to produce ideas and ways of solving problems.

“Intergenerational Brainstorming” is an exercise of corporate reading, hearing, and sharing of one’s initial impressions on a selected passage of Scripture, which emphasizes, among preachers, mutually–influential collaboration between age groups.

Four Assumptions:

1. Interpreting Scripture is an act of worship and the most fundamental task of the preacher.

2. Scripture is not “self-interpreting”; we have to handle (read, wrestle, interrogate, and embrace) biblical texts if we are to expect any divine revelation from them.

3. Lone Ranger interpretations of Scripture almost always end in disaster.

4. All preachers have blind spots and therefore can benefit from hearing other perspectives.

Rules of Art:

1. Read  meditating on a pre-selected passage.

2. Pose a question or concern the text raises for you.

3. In no more than three sentences, share critical insights.

Questions to consider:

What do I see in and hear from the text?  What does the text say or seem to say?  What details stand out?  

Scripture Text

Passage #1  (January 3, 2012)

Luke 4: 17b-21

He [Jesus] unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:  ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.””

*Post insights in comment box below.

EXAMPLE SUBMISSION (Based on above passage)

Your Name:  John the Baptist

Text: Luke 4: 17b -21


This is the vision of Jesus and His proclamation in wide scope.

The Good News = Word of God as provision for the poor;

freedom for the locked down and locked up; removal of physical and spiritual cataracts.

This texts points out this fact–community wellness–is a divine concern.