Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Letter to the Church at Rome

Fun facts about Paul's letter to the Church at Rome:

1) It's the longest letter.
2) It's the only biblical letter Paul wrote to people he had not met.
3) Did I mention it's long?

I would encourage you, if you are brave of heart, to read all of Romans this week. But, as you'll see from the map below, it's a LOT to take in:

I have no idea how we're going to do all of Romans in one sermon. But, at this point in the week, I have a strong feeling I'll be focusing on the second panel of this graphic: chapters 5-8, which I really think is the heart not just of this letter, but of Paul's theology. SO if you only get to read one part, read chapters 5-8.

Then, check out not one but TWO Bible Project videos on Romans. Go to the blog to view them if you are receiving this by email. They are VERY helpful in navigating what has probably been one of the most important writings in all of Christian thought. So, challenging or not, we're off to Rome! See you Sunday!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Letters to the Church: Corinth, Revisited

This week we head back to the ancient city of Corinth to look for connections between their community's struggles and life in faith and ours today. A lot has changed since the first letter we read from Paul to them, so there are lots of new things for us to learn. I hope you'll take time to read 2 Corinthians this week. If you start today, here's a plan:

Monday: Ch. 1-2
Tuesday: Ch. 3-4
Wednesday: Ch. 5-7
Thursday: Ch. 8-9
Friday: Ch. 10-11
Saturday: Ch. 12-13

Check out the video below (go to blog site if you receive this by email) to get a broad overview of the book, then check out the whole picture by looking at the "map" by the Bible Project at the top of this page. What things do you already see that you think our community needs to hear today? Get those wheels turning and we'll talk about it on Sunday!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Letter to the Church at Philippi (and Broadneck)

Our letter for this week is probably my favorite of Paul's letters (probably because it's the most upbeat AND has one of my favorite passages in scripture, pictured at right): Philippians. It's only four chapters long and full of joy, so give it a read this week by clicking on this link or looking it up in the translation of your choice.

Before or after you do so, watch the video below or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE9qqW1-BkU and check out the Bible Project map of the book that will be in our bulletin this week. What connections do you see between this community and ours?