While the world has continued to heal from this pandemic, we’ve been trying to use all this time at the home office to continue making resources. Some of these resources won’t be finished and published for quite some time, but they are underway. We have a lot of ideas in motion, and below are a few resources you can enjoy right now.
Marty’s YouTube Channel
Marty has been making videos to add to the different content we have at BEMA. In addition to some FAQ videos and a few (much needed) addendums to past conversations, there is a “Meet the Solomons” series to peek into the lives of Marty, Becky, and the kids. You can also find some “Thought of the Day” videos where Marty discusses everything from book recommendations to personal lessons and reflections. Marty has a wealth of ideas he hopes to explore with this channel (even an episode-by-episode review of The Chosen).
Q&A Sessions
We’re still having fun with our online spaces and Q&A Livestreams. Our next BEMA Q&A is scheduled for Tuesday, January 19 at 5:00 pm PT / 8:00 pm ET; it will be on Marty’s Instagram. Then we’re going to Twitter (BEMA account) on February 16, and March’s livestream will take place on Facebook.

For any BEMA Group Facilitators, we are having our second Facilitator Q&A on January 17 at 2:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm ET. Brent will be sending out an email with details to all facilitators we have on the map; if you have any questions, please contact him. Finally, Impact Campus Ministries will be hosting a Donor Livestream for any supporters of BEMA or ICM who have questions about campus ministry, our organization, or finances. This is not a “Bible Q&A” but an organizational Q&A—and you can help us keep our efforts focused. That will take place on January 24, 5:00 pm PT / 8:00 pm ET on Impact’s Twitter account.
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Kaitlin’s Story
This is Kaitlin.

Kaitlin grew up in a legalistic evangelical environment. She saw things as black and white and her world view was shaped by the people who guided her. She knew of God’s goodness instinctually, but she did not see it in the actions of those who were leading and mentoring her.

Learning was encouraged by her community, but questioning the teaching was frowned upon. And as a woman, her questioning was not welcome. Feeling devalued and constricted by the legalism of her leadership, Kaitlin ultimately left her faith community for a few years.

When she began to explore her faith and engage her relationship with God again, she wanted understand how she fit into the greater narrative. She wanted to fill in the gaps between the legalism she grew up with and the freedom of the Text.

Finding enrichment in her relationship with God was still a portion of her story as God shaped the rest of her life. Kaitlin married her husband, moved across the country, started a new job, then another new job, and bought a house. Her life did not stop while she was digging into the richness of God’s story.

Then she was introduced to BEMA. While it is still relatively new to her, it affirms her instincts of God’s goodness and she continues to be convicted to speak truth lovingly and honor God.

BEMA is now her guiding companion as she explores the verses and chapters that were originally given to her as a legalistic rod. The firm boundaries and concrete meanings are now more flexible and comprehensible. She is feeling more and more free to speak up and ask questions of the Text as she plunges into the endless depths of God’s Word.

Kaitlin continues to wrestle with what her faith experience has taught her and the ancient truths nuanced in the context of the Bible. She looks forward to seeing how God will open up new doors for her understanding of what His goodness means for her and others.
DATES OF INTEREST
Marty or Brent may be coming to your neck of the woods (though not likely right now as we continue to try and weather the holidays with COVID). Reach out via the contact button at the bottom of this email and see if there is some time you can meet up with them or attend an event. If more information is available, we will include it below.

JANUARY 17: Discussion Group Facilitator Q&A at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET
JANUARY 19: Instagram Q&A Livestream at 5 pm ET / 8 pm ET on Marty’s account
JANUARY 24: Campus Ministry Q&A Livestream at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET on Impact’s Twitter
JANUARY: Potential trip to the Washington, DC area

FEBRUARY 16: Livestream Q&A on the BEMA Twitter account
FEBRUARY 19–21: UMass and Boston-area virtual Bible conference
FEBRUARY 25–26: Purim

MARCH 25: Virtual teaching with InterVarsity NC/SC
MARCH 27: Passover
MARCH 28–APRIL 4: Unleavened Bread
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