Brueggemann, Finally Comes the Poet: Daring Speech For Proclamation

I believe that not much is accomplished without imagination. Life requires imagination. Leadership requires imagination. Changing the world requires imagination. Brueggemann guides us into the unique and powerful biblical imagination. The great poets of the Old Testament, mainly those voices from exile in the sixth century B C, “discerned the new actions of God that others did not discern,” but they also “wrought the new actions of God by the power of their imagination, their tongues, their words. New poetic imagination evoked new realities in the community.” This voice becomes “real and winsome,” Brueggemann says. It becomes “authorized and authorizing — in the face of ideologies that want to deny, dismiss, and preclude.” That’s the kind of imagination we need for our day.