Messiah Happenings

2 minutes reading time (417 words)

New 6-week Adult Study—The Bible as God’s Inspired Word

Wednesdays, Jan.9-Feb. 27 at 10:00a and 6:00p | 
Course text: "Inspired" by Rachel Held Evans | 

You are invited to join Pr. Peter in an examination of what it means to say the Bible is inspired. Along with reviewing some of the Bible's more memorable stories, students will participate in a guided reading of Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again (©2018) by Rachel Held Evans. Evans writes of her text, "I hope to show how the Bible can be captivating and true when taken on its own terms, avoiding both strict literalism on the one hand and safe, disinterested liberalism on the other."

Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay, and then follows with in-depth explorations of their unique setting and purpose, drawing upon current biblical scholarship. Undaunted by the Bible's most difficult passages, she discovers that the Bible is not a static work. But is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God's loving and redemptive work in the world, and always invites us to consider how our own stories intersect with the stories contained in the Bible.

The textbook for the course is available through the front office for $12.50. Students may order the Kindle version on their own for $10.00. To register for the class and to reserve a copy of the textbook, please email or leave a voicemail (360.574.7081) for Sally Dost, Administrative Assistant.

About the Author
Rachel Held Evans is a New York Times bestselling author who writes about faith, doubt, and life, especially as they relate to her upbringing as a conservative Christian raised in the Bible Belt. Funny, at times irreverent, and in a writing style easily accessible to the layperson, Evans says of a journey with the Bible, "If you are curious, you will never leave the text without learning something new. If you're persistent, you just might leave inspired."

To register for the class and secure your textbook, click here to email Sally Dost, Administrative Assistant.

Reading Schedule of Inspired by Rachel Held Evans

Jan.9: xi-pg.28, Introduction, The Temple, and Origin Stories

Jan.16: pgs.29-79, The Well, Deliverance Stories, The Walls, and War Stories

Jan.30: pgs.81-111, The Debate and Wisdom Stories

Feb.6: pgs.113-140, The Beast and Resistance Stories

Feb.13: pgs.141-189, The Water, Gospel Stories, The Sea, and Fish Stories

Feb. 27: pgs.191-221, The Letter, Church Stories, and Epilogue

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