Welcome to the 2016 Bishop’s
Join Bishop Beisner and The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California in the 2016 Bible Challenge, by forming a small group and reading one chapter of Luke and Acts together each week, beginning in Lent 2016 and continuing for the year. Reading Luke and Acts together provides a story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection that is joined with the stories of the early church. This is crucial reading as we seek to be the Jesus movement in today’s world!
You can join this group challenge with an individual practice of reading the Psalms, ancient prayers and songs to God that capture the breadth of the human experience. You can find a calendar for reading the Psalms in the back of your Book of Common Prayer, beginning on page 934, or click here.
Why Join This Bible Challenge?
Scripture Has Something to Say to Us
How do we 'talk' with the Bible? To contemplate doing so requires us to think of voices of scripture, voices that very much want to talk with us, want us to hear them, want us to be shaped and formed through the process of listening and taking them seriously. - Dr. Donn Morgan, author, Talking with the Bible
Scripture Is a Place Where We Can Encounter the Living God
The vitality of scripture and its capacity to impart life flows from Jesus’ resurrection. In the 24th Chapter of the Gospel according to Luke, we are told that when the risen Lord encountered two grieving disciples on the way to Emmaus, “beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.” Later on, looking back on the encounter, the disciples exclaim, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on he road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:13ff). It is the continuing ministry of the risen Christ, through the agency of the Spirit, to open the scriptures to us in order that our hearts might burn within us with the living truth of his presence. Christ is the “Word of God” (Revelation 19:13) whom we encounter at the heart of the scriptural word. - Former Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold, from Introduction to the Bible Challenge
Reading the Bible Together Helps Us to Appreciate the Diversity in Our Midst, and the Conversations to Which Our Sacred Stories Invite Us
The Bible provides us with crossings. The willingness to enter into the crossings and struggle with the diversity and discrepancies is a part of what is necessary for salvation. In that struggle, we discover anew who the living God is, how Christ challenges us to work for justice and mercy, and how the Holy Spirit inspires and connects us in spite of our differences, but still insists on forming us into one community of God. - The Rev. Dr. Eric Law, author, The Word at the Crossings; Founder and Executive Director of the Kaleidoscope Institute