Melencolia I by Albrecht Dürer, the first appearance of Dürer’s solid (1514). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sunday, October 13th:
We will begin a five week study on “death.” Importantly, we are going to use a resource we have used in the past, a periodical entitled, Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics produced out of Baylor University. One of the beautiful things about using this free resource is that it is easily accessed online where you can print out the entire issue (that would take a lot of paper) or read it online (easy). As well, there are five study guides available. So when you go to the web page and select the current issue on Death, I would suggest you print out the study guides and then proceed to read the issue online. There are extra resources in their library on Death that I will also suggest to you as this study unfolds. Feel free to give them a donation.
Here is the web site: Christian Reflection.
Bible study is at 9 a.m. in the Foster Room. Please join us and let’s study and discuss this very important issue in our lives that configures us so much by way of fear and faith.
Pastor Bledsoe has self-published his first novel on iBooks for the iPad.
Entitled, Rooster’s Table: A Multi-Cultural Apocalypse, the novel is set in small town Virginia near Washington DC and grapples with our diverse and divided culture. The Book Club is sponsoring a reading of excerpts from the novel on Sunday, September 22nd after worship. The entire community is invited. A sample of the book and the book itself can be found on iTunes/iBooks.
Rooster’s Table: A Novel
The opportunity to explore in depth, through the life of characters, subplots, plots and themes is what compelled Bledsoe to write the novel. Having written sermons for decades, he welcomed the chance to get at some of these existential themes sideways, subtly and literarily–avenues not generally available to the homiletician. In Rooster’s Table , Robert Sherman Walker has navigated his way out of grief for the death of his grandmother, Kate Rock Walker, and along the way, he is guided by an unlikely cast of characters that includes not only a beginning professor of philosophy, but whittlers who sit on a corner of a dying, small world, Pentecostals who helped bury his mother and a Sikh neighbor dedicated to peace. Andrew, a victim of familial violence, orbits the plot like a moon until that fateful day, when the depraved and the heroic face each other. That unveiling is twined around characters like the African-American professor of philosophy, Jasmyn Parker, who happens into Robert’s life and provides a counter point to Hank Williams and Johannes Brahms with Thelonius Monk and Billie Holiday. They in turn are threaded into dualities of North/South, male/female, gay/straight, locals/immigrants, mentally challenged/right minded, and Black/White. Their life world is chimed in religious tones from Baptist to Methodist, Episcopalian and Pentecostal with a strong note of Sikhism. Then at an apocalyptic moment, the multicultural experiment of 1980s America erupts one ordinary Thursday at a restaurant called Rooster’s.
Join us on October 27 after worship (11:15 a.m.) as the Book Club discusses his novel (in the Jerry Davis Library).
Bible Study is every Sunday at 9 a.m. in the Foster Room. For over one year now, we have been guided by the lectionary. September will provide us a break from that routine and we will spend the month studying the topic, Sabbath.
There are several crucial themes and concepts in the scriptures but not too many more important than the Sabbath. Join us this Sunday and begin the Autumn by embracing fellow students of the scriptures and be engaged in both bible study and Christian fellowship. Your “homework” this week in preparation is to find the first reference to Sabbath in the bible. Then Sunday we will take some time to speak to this topic. See you in class!