Dear Members and Friends,
The third round of Bible Study begins next Monday morning. I am thankful for those who have signed up to attend. There is room for more.
Reading or studying the Bible can be daunting, with all the footnotes, obscure history and references to people, times, places and issues beyond comprehension. It's not an easy book to read. One of goals of these Bible Classes is to take the anxiety out of reading it.
It is difficult to do anything -- ride a bike, cook dinner, give a talk -- if anxiety is out of control. To enjoy most anything, it helps if we 'chill out.'
I hope our classes do not make people feel even more uncomfortable reading the Bible; I hope just the opposite. We discover, among other things, that the Bible tells stories, sets down history, offers prayers and poetry, that in some strange way are precisely about us. It took 2000 years for the Bible to be written, by hundreds of people with vastly different perspectives and issues. But for all the parts difficult to understand, the vast majority of the stories are about us. As part of the human family, even our ancestors from 4000 years ago, we connect. As old as they are, we can understand them easily; they hit home, ring a bell, connect with us.
May we read the Bible with calm and joy. It is, in part, the stories of our lives, today.
Bless you all.