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    Reading the Bible

    January 29, 2021

    A couple of times a year, I host a book study at Bethel Church for Classis Chatham pastors.  We usually choose a relevant or currently prominent book as a group, one of us volunteers to lead the discussion and we come together to discuss and share lunch.  Obviously, that book study has also been a casualty of the pandemic.  However, this past November we decided to do second best, which was a book study via ZOOM and scheduled it for this past week (January 26, 2021).  The book we chose is entitled READING WHILE BLACK: African American Biblical Interpretation As an Exercise in Hope.  It is written by Esau McCaulley who is an assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Chicago.  Several appreciative insights and perspectives on the book were shared by our group, including how significant it is to be thinking about the filters through which we ourselves read the Bible.  It is important to ask ourselves questions about how our place in the world, in society, our ethnic backgrounds, our personal experiences and biases and more shape how we hear the Bible.  Part of what McCaulley offers is a glimpse into the impact that his own personal experience growing up as an African American in the southern United States had on his reading of the Bible and yet still not giving up on the hope that he sees the gospel giving. We had a great discussion.  It turns out that the very next evening (January 27, 2021) Redeemer University hosted an online interview with the author and another colleague which can be found here … https://www.redeemer.ca/events/reading-while-black-and-reformed/    - EGN

     

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