Today I had my friend Ben Rous on the show. He's pastor of Liberty Christian Church in Lansing, Michigan. We talked through a lot of details regarding race, racism, and black lives matter, trying to bring some semblance of measured discussion to the table.
For the past two weeks, the church has remembered Pentecost Sunday and Holy Trinity Sunday. In light of that, I offered how Pentecost in Acts 2 serves as a model to consider for what we are currently walking through in our time of pandemic and social injustice in our world today.
Birds, sourdough bread, the Bible, and the Coronavirus. These topics and more came up as the BTTB crew discussed more from Scot McKnight's book The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible.
Over the summer, the BTTB team will be reading through and discussing Scot McKnight's The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible. In session 1 we discuss ch.1 from the book. Perhaps the statement, "God said it. I believe it. That settles it." doesn't fully capture the tension and nuance of reading and interpreting the Bible.
The BTTB group was finally back together at the table discussing important things about the Bible. We spent time mainly discussing two points: 1) the challenges we face in studying the Bible and 2) what it might look for people to truly follow Jesus in our world today.
The church has recently entered the season of Epiphany, which simply means "appearing." In it, the church will spend a good amount of time reading the Gospels, reminding ourselves of who Jesus is, what Jesus did and what Jesus said. In this episode, I consider Jesus's appearing on the scene at the beginning of the Gospel accounts. But, even more, I try and relate some of what was going on in Jesus's day to what is going on in our own current setting.