On Wednesdays, January 19th and 26th at 10 am via Zoom, Intern Brandy and Pastor Matt will select Bible stories for reflection and conversation to allow time for you to order and receive our next books.
We have selected our next two books for Bible/book study on Wednesday mornings at 10 am via Zoom!
If you need help ordering a book, contact me and I will be happy to order one for you.
Peace today, and I hope to see you at these explorations!
Interrupting Silence begins Wednesday, February 2nd
Silence is a complex matter. It can refer to awe before unutterable holiness, but it can also refer to the coercion where some voices are silenced in the interest of control by the dominant voices. It is the latter silence that Walter Brueggemann explores, urging us to speak up in situations of injustice.
Interrupting Silence illustrates that the Bible is filled with stories where marginalized people break repressive silence and speak against it. Examining how maintaining silence allows the powerful to keep control, Brueggemann motivates listeners to consider situations in their lives where they need to either interrupt silence or be part of the problem, convincing us that God is active and wanting us to act for justice.
Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is the world's leading interpreter of the Old Testament and is the author of numerous books, including Westminster John Knox Press best sellers such as Genesis and First and Second Samuel in the Interpretation series, An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination, and Reverberations of Faith: A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes.
Next Study will be God's People Made New
God's People Made New: How Exploring the Bible Together Launched a Church's Spirit-Filled Future reveals the essential role of God's Word in forming a thriving congregation.
Through the voices of congregants living in crisis and hope, creative investigation of biblical texts, and solid, accessible theological reflection, Rachael J. Powell offers hope for congregations.
Readers will appreciate Powell's wise pastoral companionship through the often exasperating yet life-giving process of helping a congregation discern who and what they are called to be.
Powell also suggests concrete tools for engaging the biblical text so congregations, in their own contexts, can listen for God's voice to empower them in their God-given identity. Finally, she calls on preachers to claim their role in this powerful work.
God's People Made New demonstrates how through active engagement with God's Word, we are shaped, equipped, and empowered to be forces for God's good news. While uncertainty and fear abound in congregational life, this book will inspire congregations to enter into the power of Scripture through word and deed.
Rachael J. Powell serves as pastor of St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, a growing and thriving congregation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her path to congregational ministry took many Holy Spirit detours, including as a jazz vocalist, incompetent house painter, and law school dropout. She is on the Lutheran Family Services-Rocky Mountains board of directors. Her favorite role, however, is being mom to son Sam.
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