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NO morning worship tomorrow!! We worship at 5pm in Lent, and that means the next 6 Sundays (except no worship at all on march 18, spring break). After worship, you’re welcome to join us for soup supper and this probing Bible study. We should go until 7:30. You’re welcome to come to all or part of it. Whatever works in your schedule. All are ALWAYS welcome! ... See MoreSee Less

Bible as Weapon? Exploring the "Clobber" Texts

February 18, 2018, 6:15pm - February 18, 2018, 7:30pm

All are welcome to our 2018 Lenten Bible Study: an interactive exploration of notorious biblical texts at the heart of popular American sociopolitical and inter-church disagreements regarding the standing of women, LGBTQ, the stranger, the natural environment, and slavery, according to the Bible. We’ll explore relevant texts in their original historical contexts, and explore our own habits of interpretation, asking ourselves how the Bible could and should be used to inform the Christian life. Instructors: Dr. Rachel Rasmussen with Pastor Amy. Spread the word and invite your friends. You don't have to be Christian to participate. All are truly welcome. Schedule: worship at 5pm, soup supper and Bible study at 6-ish until 7:30 the below Sundays in Lent (we will skip spring break, March 18). You can come to worship, soup supper/Bible study, or both! Detailed schedule Session 1, Feb 18: To proof-text or study the text? that is the question! Today we’ll study texts used to justify the enslavement of Black Africans, Christians owning slaves, and the segregation of peoples (anti-immigration) Genesis 9:18-26; Paul’s Letter to Philemon, Genesis 11:1-9, and Acts 17 Session 2, Feb 25: Texts used to support neglect of the environment. Genesis 1:26-31, Revelation 21:1-4, and texts relating to the Left Behind Series and Rapture theology Session 3, Mar 4: Texts used to bar women from ordination and leadership in the church. Genesis 2-3, Mark 3:13-19, 1 Corinthians 14:33-34, 1 Timothy 2:11-12 Session 4, Mar 11: Texts used in the abortion debate and regarding procreative sex. Exodus 20:13ff, Exodus 21:22-25, Numbers 5:11-12, Psalm 139:13-18 March 18 -- spring break -- no worship or Bible study Session 5, Mar 25: Texts used to claim homosexuality as sin. Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:26, and more! *We are finishing the Bible study with the LGBTQ conversation, because we think it's likely that people will want to continue with that conversation. We could have studied those texts all 5 sessions -- and more! If the group would like to keep meeting on this particular topic, we will do so after Lent is over in the season of Easter!

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