Our five week Lenten Bible Study, led by Dr. Mark Given, will meet on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. from March 14 through April 11, in the Parlor.
The study will focus on the book of Acts. Some interpreters have recently emphasized that Luke-Acts was written for educational purposes, while others have suggested that the document was meant to serve as a foundational epic for the Kingdom of God, much in the same way Virgil’s Aeneid was meant to serve as a foundational epic for the Kingdom of Caesar. Still others have suggested that Luke-Acts should have pride of place as the theological foundation document for Christianity, rather than other historic choices like Romans. The consequences could be more significant that you might imagine. Our discussions will be based on Shelly Matthews’ brief introduction to Acts titled The Acts of the Apostles: Taming the Tongues of Fire which argues that that the author of Acts has somewhat domesticated the radically socially egalitarian and subversive history of the early church in order to reassure cultural elites.
The book is available from Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Acts-Apostles-Introduction-Tongues-Testament/dp/0567671232/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=) and other online sellers (https://www.abebooks.com/book-search/title/acts-apostles-taming-tongues-fire/author/matthews-shelly/) in paperback or eBook form. Come and join Dr. Given as we “read between the lines” to learn more about this complex religious movement and its implications for our discipleship today!
You may sign up for the Lenten Study at the Missions Table or on the attendance pads on Sunday mornings, or call the church office.