What he (Karl Barth) insisted upon supremely was that we do not read the Bible in order to find out how to get God into our lives, get him to participate in our lives. That’s getting it backward.
As we cultivate a participatory mind-set in relation to our Bibles, we need a complete renovation of our imaginations. We are accustomed to thinking of the biblical world as smaller than the secular world. Tell-tale phrases give us away. We talk of “making the Bible relevant to the world,” as if the world is the fundamental reality and the Bible is something that is going to help or fix it. We talk of “fitting the Bible into our lives” or “making room in our day for the Bible,” as if the Ible is somethign that we can add on to or squeeze into our already full lives. – Eugene Peterson, Eat This Book, pg. 67