John Scheepers’s fresh expressions blog features a nice reflection on a missional reading of Ruth, building on the work of Darrell Guder.
His starting point is a quote from Guder’s The Continuing Conversion of the Church:
“Scripture is appropriately read and interpreted as the Spirit-empowered testimony that equips God’s people for their mission…”
What, he wonders, would it look like if we read the book of Ruth this way? He highlights his reading under four headings:
1. God’s mission is universal in scope.
2. God’s mission is particular in execution.
3. God’s mission is integrally linked to covenant faithfulness.
4. God’s mission has an integral call for the care of widows and the vulnerable.