""Bible stumper" is the title of a church newsletter article that encourages people to read a specific book of the Bible. The pastor lists 3 questions in the specific named book of the Bible. The questions are intriguing;the answers would…"
"A new resource you may find helpful. I have just finished reading a book that should be particularly helpful to people who struggle with apparent contradictions in scripture text. "The Gospel of Grace" by Dr. Mark Wickstrom in a very easy…"
"Our congregation began the Book of Faith on June 1st. We will begin meeting on Saturday for discussion. The plan is to have weekly discussions on Saturday evening after worship, Sunday mornings before worship, and on Tuesday mornings too."
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Karen - About the duct tape stole: I don't remeber whose idea it was, but Pastor Mark Griffith was coerced into making a cardboard stole encased entirely in duct tape. All through synod assembly we invited people to put cards with their name/email/congregation on it for a chance to win a Lutheran Study Bible. We had the Bishop wear it up front and pick the first name, then we picked names off to give Bibles to at the dinner the first night of assembly. It was a hit and seriously expanded our email list.
I did not find what I felt would be a good time or setting for a public reading, one that would have a good participation. However, several times during the B year, I encouraged worshippers to take time to read through Mark in one sitting on their own. I don't know if any did that. I do have a number of members who are quite diligent in reading their Bibles on their own so I would guess that there were several who did. For C cycle, we will be starting a Bible study on Luke sometime in January. I meet with a group of seniors at one of our local senior citizen apartments one afternoon each week and have a good sized small group. It's not limited to residents of that building. We have membes of my parish and non- members taking part. I have been using Abingon's Genesis-Revelation series for studies of books of the Bible. In the past year and a half we have completed, Acts, and the minor prophets and are currently on Revelation. We will start on Luke as soon as we complete Revelation.
I do not have the numbers from our Bethlehem trip but I will try to get them for you. However, this past summer we were "Marching with the Saints" in support of the youth going to New Orleans. The plan was to go from Celebration to Mississippi to New Orleans to Illinois and home -2468 miles or chapters. We did that with time to spare so we took a side trip to Gettysburg Seminary and back 600 chapters. So our total goal was 3068 miles/chapters and we did 3170. Not sure how many people but again I will see if I can find it for you.
Karen, here is the link that I was sent from Augsburg Fortress. Please let me know if this doesn't work, and I can go with plan B.
Hi Karen - We have a group of women working through Opening the Book of Faith at present. A couple of them found it a little difficult to get through. It's just a small group, but it's a start...
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