Here is another group study from the author who brought us our Revival and Advent Study, Adam Hamilton. This is study invites us to look at crucial topics in our society in the light of scriptures:
Are scriptures and science contradictory?
How about evolution?
How in the world the Bible got written?
How does God view homosexual people?
How should we see suffering and violence in the bible and in our world?
In my own reflections of the debates and conversations that are presently taking place at our General Conference, I feel a need for believes and churches like us, to step back, study the scriptures in a respectful, learning small-group environment.
But I must warn you, whether you are coming from progressive or a conservative background, our faith will be challenged by this study. This will will be a good challenge though, one that will lead to a stronger faith-community, and spiritual growth.
Since I was a kid, I've been reading the bible, loving it, advocating for it, and for the last 20 years, been preaching about it. I love the scriptures. However, the social issues and tensions we currently faced made my faith to be more open, expanded, while at the same time more grounded. This book has helped me in that process of finding a balance.
Many mainline denominations right now (Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Anglican churches) are going through a similar process of dealing with similar question and topics like: bible's inerrancy vs. inspiration; violence in the scriptures; homosexuality; the bible and scientific findings; climate change, etc.
The goal of this study is not to convert anyone to shift from conservatism to progressive thinking; or from liberalism to conservative beliefs. The goal is to create a safe place of conversation, where questions can be asked, where disagreements are respected, and where our common faith in Jesus Christ will be further affirmed.
FRIDAYS, 6 SESSIONS, STARTING JUNE 10
DATES: June 10, 17, July 1, 8, 15, 22. (June 24 is skipped because of Annual Conference)
For now, Friday is the best day for me to lead a study. However, I am willing to adjust, if this will not work out for many. Let me hear from you.