The Bible Challenge Buddies (BCBs) was established in early 2013 as a discussion group for parish members embarking on The Bible Challenge, a program to read the Bible in a year. The original BCBs completed the Bible Challenge in December 2013, and recognizing what a blessing our sessions were, how wide-ranging and stimulating our discussions were, and how supportive to spiritual growth our fellowship was, the group decided to continue meeting.
The re-named Bible Challenge and Beyond(ers) expanded our reading to other books that could help us further our understanding of the Bible and of God. We read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest our books chapter-by-chapter, with weekly in-depth discussions of what we have read.
We meet Fridays at 3:00 PM at St. Michael’s for coffee, conversation, and fellowship. Our program year generally comprises two reading sessions: spring (late Jan-Jun) and fall (Sep-Dec). We may meet during the summer to explore other ways to reach God (e.g., contemplative prayer in the Celtic tradition).
If you are interested in tackling The Bible Challenge, or if our books are of interest to you, then please join us! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What We're Reading Starting on 22 September 2017 and running roughly until Advent we’ll be reading The Path: A Journey through the Bible, excerpted from the New Revised Standard Version so that it is clear and easy to read. As reviewer Jana Riess states, “The Path is a perfect entry point for people who want to know more about the Bible but don't know where to start."
Earlier in our 2017 program year, we undertook a Lenten lectionary-based study using The Lord is My Shepherd, by Harold Kushner. And continuing in our spring session, read the stimulating and challenging Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament, by Christopher Wright.
In previous years, we have read:
The Meaning of Jesus, by Marcus Borg and N.T. Wright (2016)
The Trouble with Resurrection, by Bernard Brandon Scott (2016)
The Gift of New Creation, by Thomas L. Ehrich (2016)
The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church's Conservative Icon, by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan (2015)
Paul Among the People, by Sarah Ruden (2015)
The Wisdom Jesus, by Cynthia Bourgeault (2015)
Re-Imagine the World: An Introduction to the Parables of Jesus, by Bernard Brandon Scott (2014)
God at 2000, an anthology of essays on the nature of God (2014)
The Bible: A Biography, by Karen Armstrong (2014)
And of course, The Bible—then, now and in the future!
What We May Read Books under consideration for future study include:
How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian, by John Dominic Crossan
The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem, by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan
Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary, by Marcus Borg
Jesus: A New Vision, by Marcus Borg
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