The Lenten study based on Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power and How They Can Be Restored by Marcus Borg begins on Wednesday, February 29th at 7:30 at St. Laurence, Coquitlam.
Here is the series outline. Anyone is welcome to join this time of Lenten learning and reflection.
Note: Copies of the Borg book are available at St. Laurence. You do not have to have read the book to attend or benefit from the discussion times.
February 29: Lent: A Relational Journey of Reaffirmation: Considering some Important Questions and Perspectives About our Inherited Christian Language (chapters:Introduction, 1,2)
March 7: Reaffirming Scripture – How to Read the Bible in its Historical and Metaphorical Fulness (chapters 3,4,11,12,13,14)
March 14: How Christian Language Became Limited in its Meanings: The Dangers of a Narrow Literalism – A Trip Down Memory Lane (chapters 5,6,10)
March 21: Jesus and the Journey of Reaffirmation (chapters 7,8,9,15,16,17)
March 28: Reaffirming a Biblically Informed Past, Present and Future (chapters 18,19,20,21,22,23,25,25)
Some key issues for study and discussion during the discussion times:
1. What’s wrong with a “sin-and-salvation-for-me” view of Christian faith and language?
2. Consider words like salvation, sacrifice, redemption, righteousness, repentance and mercy. How would you define each? How do you think Christians usually define these words? How are words like these best ‘redeemed’?
3. Has Biblical literalism affected you? Do you think the movement toward literalization has distorted the meaning of the Bible? If so, how?
4. How does a historical approach act as an accountability structure for reading the Bible? What are the implications of a “historical-metaphorical” approach to the Bible?
5. What are your earliest memories associated with Jesus? Have your views changed? If so, in what ways?
6. How do our perceptions of Jesus shape our Lenten as well as our on-going life journeys?
7. What does it mean to “believe” or to “have hope” as followers of Jesus?
8. The ‘Jesus of history’ became the “Christ of faith’. What are the implications for the relationship of Christian faith to other belief and faith systems? What about the historic Christian Creeds?
How can we best understand the Bible’s teaching on “the last things”?
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