08.3 What’s the Bible All About… naked


God then asks a simple question of them: Who told you that you were naked.

There is no verbal response or answer given. I imagine, that the only thing that took place was that awkward and blank stare that parents receive from their children upon asking them who left all the lights on in the house.

Their was no answer needed, because in Adam’s heart, he was already experiencing the answer to the question. You see… it was Adam who told Adam that he was naked.

The shame that Adam was experiencing for partaking in more than what was needed created a gap in how Adam saw himself.

Shame had caused a separation to be experienced within his being… one that caused him to hide behind the covering of clothing and the foliage of the garden. This was the first time that Adam and Eve felt that they were not enough, and something more was needed than what they had already been given.

The situation spirals as Adams response to having to confront his own shame leads to deflection and justification of his actions as he basically says that it was God who had decided that all he had was not good until ‘she’ came along. It was God’s fault for disrupting Adams bachelor life in the garden with all the plants and animals. It was God’s who had decided to create Eve…

And it was in that moment, with finger pointed to Eve, that I can see Adam turning his head towards her and catching her eye for the first time since letting his shame take control of his tongue, that he saw that she too now felt his shame against her…

Before these few critical moments in the human story, all that was understood was a deep, close intimacy with nothing between man and woman. This reality which none of us have experienced in this life, gave way to a new ‘knowing’… if you will… as they now understood something that we know all to well… separation.

It is being in the same bed with someone, and feeling as if you are universes apart.

It is words articulated clearly that fall on deaf ears.

It is giving the best of what you have, only to discover that it doesn’t seem to be what they need.

Separation… birthed from our response to the shame of not being content with who we are and what we have that is what we must deal with every day as we seek to get back to a lost innocence, and a life that we know could be much simpler than all that we have created it to be.


01 What’s the Bible About… and intro…

We recently discovered that a young person close to us had the desire to know more about the Bible.  Truth be told, it was a slightly jolting moment, in that I (Chadwick) am nearing the completion of masters studies revolving around the Bible, and yet have not had… or been intentional enough about making opportunities for discussion about the scriptures to take place.


Predicating circumstances are an issue for that serve as roadblocks for this individual to be open to me for conversations about the Bible.


I am a pastor… with a bit of a knack for keeping conversations at a street level of understanding.


I am a pastor… who has been through a divorce, and perhaps lost some of that street cred when it comes to surface level understanding of Scripture.


I am a pastor…  at heart… none the less…


Regardless of the events that have played a role in this moment of time I find myself continuing to understand the Sacred Texts in… I still feel a calling to the Message of Jesus, the Trinity, the Gospel Narrative, humanity and grace… that can be communicated to this world, regardless of where we have been… and the sins that have caused separation between us… and a community of people that have questions that need to be answered.


I still feel a sense of responsibility to share what my training and experience has afforded me to share.  I also feel the pressure of a community, that because of our relationship genuinely feels as if though I need to remain silent.  What nearly two years of dealing with that tension has brought us to is this: the Message of a God who loves in tender ways, as well as tough ways hasn’t given up on us yet… and it is God’s story… through our experience… that needs to be told.


There are so many facets to God… and no one experience can box it up…


And therefore… from this context… we will take some time to communicate who God has been to us… and hopefully, through it all… something universal will match the rhythm of your life… your experience… in a way that allows  you to understand a bit more, this mystery… which is God.


We hope you will follow along… especially you… who feels as though the Bible is something you should be able to wrap your heart, soul, and mind around… just a bit more…

You are loved…