This is BEMA Sandy Springs in the area of Atlanta, Georgia.
Like so many groups, they moved their discussion online for the last year and a half. We know this has been the experience for so many of us and we thought it would be fun to share some of the ways they have grown together in spite of the challenges.
“Our discussion group greatly appreciates how you’ve taught us and many others to explore the Bible from a Jewish/eastern perspective (no doctorate necessary). This fresh look at a book so many of us have read before opened the door to amazing lessons and viewpoints, reminding us just how amazing and expansive God’s narrative can be. BEMA’s emphasis on critical thinking, cultural context, and textual knowledge has been a wonderful tool for God to educate, correct, and inspire. From “Trusting the Story” to “Empire vs Shalom” to Jesus’s copious and insightful remezim, and then moving toward the early church movement, going through church history up to today, it’s been quite the ride (though some of our members have plenty left to go). We’re currently on Episode 70. Your planned material may be done, but we eagerly await what’s in store for BEMA Session 6 and beyond.”
“The BEMA Podcast represents a complete shift in my approach to the scriptures. It has challenged and equipped me to pay attention to the words I’m reading, especially the very Jewish context. Coupled with the discussion groups, I have been called higher in my study of the Bible.”
“BEMA has done a wonderful job of teaching me and many others how to explore the Bible from the perspective of the Hebrew people, for whom it was originally written to. Not only has this podcast taught me how to think more critically about God’s biblical narrative, it has exposed me to the cultural context and textual knowledge so often missed in my own readings. If you want to view the Bible as the living, breathing source of God’s word that it is, I cannot recommend BEMA more.”