Bethel United Methodist Church
"Be The Bridge" Small Group - each month on the 2nd Thursday at 6:30pm
The Commission Team's Be The Bridge Small Group is excited to announce that we’ve selected “The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation” by Miles McPherson for our next small group study which will start back up on the May 13th at 6:30pm. The book can be ordered new or used from Amazon and the group will not meet in April to give us enough time to order and start reading the new book.
The author, Miles McPherson, is a mixed race black man and former NFL player turned pastor who offers compelling stories and Biblical insights calling us to be agents of reconciliation amidst racial injustice and social issues. McPherson is concerned about racial hatred and prejudices but he thinks that we continue to be stuck in an unhealthy “us vs them” approach. By identifying the cultural influences that shape our attitudes on race and explaining why we must honor the priceless value of God’s image in all people, “The Third Option” demonstrates another way and invites you into a new journey that will not just inspire you; it will equip you with the necessary tools to advance, facilitate, and usher in a spirit of unity. You will not just be blessed, you will be transformed.
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/97488125715?pwd=MzBmODdnd2svUTNmaXVSMmpKSjdZUT09 Meeting ID: 974 8812 5715 Passcode: 594073. Or you can Call In and listen over the phone on One tap mobile: 1-312-626-6799, 97488125715#,0#,594073# US (Chicago)
Wednesday Monthly Small Group: “A Most Peculiar Book” Study
On Wednesday, April 28th at 6:30pm we will be starting a new book study via Zoom on "A Most Peculiar Book" by Kristin Swenson. Please order your book prior to our April start date or let Sandy Frauhiger know if you need assistance ordering. Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96704881202?pwd=MnJ0TFlydFdGSEJGaHNJM2hKcU1vdz09 Meeting ID: 967 0488 1202 Passcode: 143511 Here’s an overview of the book from Amazon:
"The Bible, we are constantly reminded, is the best-selling book of all time. It is read with intense devotion by hundreds of millions of people, stands as authoritative for Judaism and Christianity, and informs and affects the politics and lives of the religious and non-religious around the world. But how well do we really know it? The Bible is so familiar, so ubiquitous that we have begun to take our knowledge of it for granted. The Bible many of us think we know is a pale imitation of the real thing. In A Most Peculiar Book, Kristin Swenson addresses the dirty little secret of biblical studies that the Bible is a weird book. It is full of surprises and contradictions, unexplained impossibilities, intriguing supernatural creatures, and heroes doing horrible deeds. It does not provide a simple worldview: what "the Bible says" on a given topic is multi-faceted, sometimes even contradictory. Yet, Swenson argues, we have a tendency to reduce the complexities of the Bible to aphorisms, bumper stickers, and slogans. Swenson helps readers look at the text with fresh eyes. A collection of ancient stories and poetry written by multiple authors, held together by the tenuous string of tradition, the Bible often undermines our modern assumptions. And is all the more marvelous and powerful for it. Rather than dismiss the Bible as an outlandish or irrelevant relic of antiquity, Swenson leans into the messiness full-throttle. Making ample room for discomfort, wonder, and weirdness, A Most Peculiar Book guides readers through a Bible that will feel, to many, brand new."
Future meetings will be on Wednesday evening decided upon by the group each month. Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96704881202?pwd=MnJ0TFlydFdGSEJGaHNJM2hKcU1vdz09
Meeting ID: 967 0488 1202 Passcode: 143511
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