How Can We Curate Surprise?


Daniel KirkThat was the question posed by Anthony Smith during a recent Meetup with Fuller Seminary New Testament professor Daniel Kirk.

Kirk was speaking with us about his narrative approach to theology, and I was struck by this statement that he made, “[In narrative theology] if there could be genuine surprises in the 1st century, there could be in our time as well.”

I tweeted Anthony’s question, and I received back some interesting responses:

  • “U curate surprise by bringing together ideas that inspire.”
  • “Creating opportunities for awe, joy and surprise. Truly divine work.”
  • “I think you need to leave open the space you have created—allow for the contingent & unforeseeable.”
  • “We curate surprise by experimenting and embracing failure.”

What is your answer to Anthony’s question? Please post your thoughts in the comments!



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Posted on 06-02-2012


  1. dlw says:

    June 2nd, 2012 at 9:37 am

    by believing that there’s scope for new wine skins…. to facilitate the transubstantiation of the good old wine!

  2. John O'Keefe says:

    June 2nd, 2012 at 11:26 am

    i am not sure you can “create” (make) surprise. surprise comes through in the narrative when we are open and honest about who we are in relationship to the narrative. surprise comes when you are true to the narrative, true to yourself and true to the divine.

  3. Steve K. says:

    June 3rd, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Great comments, David and John, thanks for posting!

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