Starting Tuesday January 5, 7:30, our Zoom study group is undertaking a study of the Book of Revelation. This is a biblical book we often avoid, which can seem very weird and hard to make sense of, and which raises questions like how we interpret these visions, how do we make sense of the violence and judgement, and what does it teach us about the end of the world?
This study comes from Trinity Wall Street in New Your City. Led by Michael Battle, priest, theologian and professor, who suggests we see Revelation as a source of hope and inspiration. The study is based on Battle’s book, Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation. Over the course of the 5 weeks we will watch a video from Battle, followed by discussion questions, exploring Revelation as God’s dream for humanity rather than judgement. Our study begins each week at 7:30 pm with a time of prayer, followed by the video and discussion. For additional information or instructions for connecting to Zoom, please contact Rev. Dana who leads this study. (If you are unable to join us on Tuesday but like do the study on your own, a link can be provided.)
Reading the Bible Programs
The New Year is a time when people often consider starting something new, including a commitment to their spiritual life. Reading the bible regularly is one of the popular things that people undertake at this time. Whether you are doing it for the first time or have been doing it for a while, it can be challenging knowing where to start and how much to read at each time. While there is no set way that we should approach reading the bible, a reading plan can be helpful. Some bibles come with a reading plan or plans, groups like the Canadian Bible Society have produced pamphlets with reading plans and many of the websites offer reading plans and even daily emails to remind you what you are reading that day. Listed before are a few websites you might look at if you are thinking about reading the bible this year.
Bible Gateway–https://www.biblegateway.com/reading-plans/ has numerous reading plans that cover specific sections of the bible, or of specific length (like a 90 day plan to get you started), full bible reading plans, and that are intended to have you read the books in the order they were written (approximately). As well you can sign-up for an email for a daily reminder.
The Bible Project – https://bibleproject.com (scroll to the bottom of the page for bible reading information and sign-up), has a downloadable plan that included not only what you are reading, but suggests videos (short) from their site that compliment your reading. Each You can also signup for a weekly email with gives you this information in weekly segments.
Indigenous Ministries of the Anglican Church of Canada – https://www.anglican.ca/im/introgbd/offers a “Gospel-Based Discipleship” reading program with a daily reading and reflection questions as you read. Each month the list of readings is updated for you to download.
If you have any questions or would like to talk more about different reading programs or which version of the bible is best suited for you, please contact me, Rev. Dana, and hopefully I can point you in the right direction.