Join us for a Wired Word current events discussion on
Wednesday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom
"Pregnancy Helps Writer Hear the Bible Differently;
Our Circumstances Can Do the Same for Us"
This week we are exploring how what is going on in our lives affects what we hear from God when reading the Bible. The Wired Word team selected this topic after reading an essay in The New Yorker titled "Reading the Old Testament While Pregnant." The writer discovered that having a baby on the way caused her to find new meaning in scripture passages she'd read before. This topic helps us see how our circumstances can open our ears to God's word in ways applicable to our lives right now.
Looking ahead to this Fall and our new Adult Faith Formation series (Follow Jesus:Biblical Practices for Faithful Living), it notes: "When we speak of seeing what Jesus wants us to see or hearing what Jesus wants us to hear, we are really talking about perceiving and discerning." It seems that this week's TWW materials will give us a chance to think ahead about this same topic.
There are multiple motives for reading the Bible.
You can read it simply to know what's in it.
You can read it for study purposes.
You might read it because you've been assigned to do so.
You can read for historical investigation,
You can read the Bible to allow God to speak to you through it. Sometimes, this is called reading guided by the Holy Spirit. We might also call it devotional reading of the Bible or reading for spiritual growth.
This is not an exhaustive list of reasons to read the Bible. There are no doubt other motives that cause some people to delve into scripture, and some people read the Bible for a combination of these reasons. But it's the last motivation on this list — reading the Bible to allow God to speak to you through it — that has our attention this week.
In conversation we will reflect on the news stories, the Big Questions, and Scripture as well as our common human experience.
Join us this week – July 28th at 1:00 PM via Zoom – for an informal and meaningful discussion about the intersection of faith and life events. As always you are welcome to join in our discussion group on a week-by-week basis; each week’s topic is just that – a one week discussion.
Any questions or if you would like to receive the Zoom invitation, please call Rev. Linda at the church (686-1360) or email email@example.com