Plan ahead — Fall Adult Forums:
Making Sense of the Bible – Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today by Adam Hamilton
Join in a lively, spirited study of the Bible as a whole during the first six Adult Forums this fall. Questions we will pose include, “Why is God so violent in the Old Testament?” “Why would Paul command women to be silent in church?” “Is the book of Revelation a guide to the end times?” “Is the Bible ever wrong?”
Adam Hamilton, a Methodist pastor from Kansas City, planted a church in 1990 with four worshippers that is now the largest church in the Methodist denomination. The congregation is known for bringing together agnostics, skeptics, and spiritual seekers. In our fall study Hamilton is seeking to deepen your appreciation for the Bible, to help you resolve misunderstandings of its important themes and to equip you with tools so you may read the Bible and find its words life-giving. Hamilton’s style is accessible and combines good scholarship with a light touch. His goal is to walk readers through the pitfalls of fundamentalism and dry scholarship and open up the Bible’s stories of profound humanity and wisdom for living.
Hamilton says he wrote the book “to help readers understand the kinds of things that most pastors learn in a first-year seminary course on the Bible and to resolve some of the questions they might have about the text while giving them the tools to hear God’s words within the words of its human authors.”
At each session a video will be shown followed by discussion of both the video and the book excerpts.
Session Dates and Topics:
September 13, 2015 – Making Sense of the Old Testament (Introduction, Chapters 1—7)
September 20, 2015 – Making Sense of the New Testament (Chapters 8—13)
September 27, 2015 – Questions about the Nature of Scripture (Chapters 14—18)
October 4, 2015 – The Bible and Science (Chapters 19—21)
October 11, 2015 – Violence, Suffering and Other Troubling Issues (Chapters 22—26)
October 18, 2015 – Wrestling with Issues of Sexuality and Relationships (Chapters 27—32)
If you have questions talk with Jackie Falk. The books are available online at Amazon in both paper and e-book, at Powell’s in paper copy, and at Barnes & Noble in paper and e-book. By the end of August, few copies will be available in the office to borrow.