"Scripture is not a manual for success, nor yet a textbook for therapeutic help, but the Word of God. It is by this Word that we are addressed by the triune God, summoned before him, and impelled to be his people in this world. It is not this Word by itself about which we must think, not about interpretive communities alone and not about speech/acts dynamics alone. All of these preoccupations have their place but at the end of the day we must end with what we only rarely have today, in our churches or among our young people, and that is this Word as it summons us to come outside of ourselves and to know the God who transcends all cultures and times."
David Wells, "Christian Discipleship in a Postmodern World," published in JETS March 2008