Morning Virtual Bible Study's Starts January 4 at 11am on zoom
Holy Disunity: How What Separates Us Can Save Us
These days, there’s no dirtier word than “divisive”, especially in religious and political circles. Claiming a controversial opinion, talking about our differences, even sharing our doubts can be seen as threatening to the goal of unity. But what if unity shouldn’t be our goal? In Holy Disunity: How What Separates Us Can Save Us, Layton E. Williams proposes that our primary calling as humans is not to create unity but rather to seek authentic relationship with God, ourselves, one another, and the world around us. And that means actively engaging those with whom we disagree. Our religious, political, social, and cultural differences can create doubt and tension, but disunity also provides surprising gifts of perspective and grace. By analyzing conflict and rifts in both modern culture and Scripture, Williams explores how our disagreements and differences - our disunity - can ultimately redeem us.
Wednesday Evening Virtual Bible Study's Start January 5 at 7pm on Zoom
The Flawed Family of God
Today's families face challenges not too different from the first families of the Bible. The drama experienced in Genesis happens within stories about families, and the issues they raise-married vs. single life, sibling rivalry, infertility, family relocation, blended families, and the like-and are startlingly relevant to families of today. This book examines the families of Genesis, starting with how the Adam and Eve story encompasses far more ways of being family-including singleness-than most of us think, and shows us that the ups and downs of the relationship between Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, and Ishmael can help us understand the complicated dynamic of blended families. It also looks at the sibling rivalry of the Cain and Abel story and points to the jealousy and violence to which the whole human family seems addicted. The final chapter exploring death in the family argues that death leaves a hole, not simply in the hearts of loved ones but within the ongoing stories that families tell about themselves. Carolyn Helsel and Suzie Park invite readers to consider these connections as they reexamine modern family life as well.