Homosexuality? Middle East? Marriage? Culture Wars? Christology? Environment? Poverty? Racism? Sexism?
Those are all important and pressing issues to be sure. But underneath them all is something even more critical:
How do we read, understand and apply the Bible?
That is why Erik and I are both leading classes on the subject this Fall. We are going to be using Adam Hamilton's latest book, Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today as our guide. I think it is the best introduction and overview on the subject in the last 60 years. It's clear, accessible, thoughtful and wise. Whether you are a 'beginner' or an 'expert' on the Bible, you will find this book and this class useful and stretching.
Starting Sunday, October 19, Erik will lead his class from 10:30-11:45.
I'll be covering the same materials at my normal Wednesday night (6:45-8:00) and Thursday morning (10:15-11:30) slots later that week. The intent is for both of us to be cover the same chapters each week. That means that while each class will have its own flavor and rhythm, people should be able to move between classes based on their schedules, and still cover the same material.
These classes will start in October and (with breaks for holidays) stretch into February. While it is possible to come into the classes at any time, people will benefit most if they are part of the entire class.
Books are available at church, local bookstores and online.