3 Questions - Scripture Study

Kara Powell | Apr 29, 2010

Today in our Urban Youth Ministry Certificate training, the students and faculty together came up with a great way to look at Scripture from a perspective that really allows for folks who are marginalized to identify with and see themselves in the passage (see my blog from Tuesday for more on this “theology from below”). They came up with 3 questions:

1. Where is the pain?

2. Where is the power? In other words, who has power in the passage and who doesn’t, and how does that affect them?

3. Where is the praise? In other words, where is the gospel in the passage?

I love, love, love this. I love its honesty and authenticity and it was so fun to see youth workers dive into Biblical texts in new ways using these three questions.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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