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The Puzzle of the Old Testament - Animate Bible #3

Rachel Held Evans presented some important questions to think about this past Sunday - 

  • What do you think of when you think about the Old Testament?
  • Are some of the stories in it (Noah and the Ark;  Joshua and the Battle of Jericho; Queen Esther) awkward?  embarrassing?  violent and sexist?
  • What do we, as Christians and followers of Jesus, make of these stories?

Remember, Jesus’ scriptures were the texts of the “Old Testament.” He spent his youth studying these texts and his adult ministry explaining and teaching these texts to his followers.   Jesus’ affirmation that the most important guide to living a good life – to love God and to love your neighbor – comes directly from these “old fashioned” scriptures.

Rachel concludes the video by encouraging us to look hard for the whispers of God’s love in the Old Testament.

Going deeper, online

Rachel has all kinds of wonderful videos on YouTube. Simply go to YouTube and enter the search term Rachel Held Evans and many assorted entries will appear.  Two that you might start with are:

The entire Animate Bible Video itself - Testaments
There was so much in this session, it might be a good idea to review it, journal beside you, to take notes and go deeper into the suggested readings.

Keep the Church Weird - how to bring and keep young people in the church.

You can also follow Rachel on Facebook or Twitter.

Session #4 is next Sunday, January 28th at 9:00 or shortly thereafter in the Adult Christian Ed room.  We’ll be viewing a video featuring Nadia Bolz-Weber.  She is the founding pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA mission church in Denver, CO.  She will be talking to us about the Gospels – the Unexpected Good News. 

Everyone is welcome!

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