Since the earliest days of the church’s existence, Christians have struggled to reconcile Jesus’ life of peace and nonviolence with the violent portraits of God found in the Old Testament. If you have found yourself in this situation, I invite you to join in a study this spring that will explore this topic.
We will gather for five Thursday evenings in April and May from 6:30-7:45p.m. for conversation based on the book, Cross Vision: How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence by Gregory A. Boyd. I have ordered 15 copies of the book and will have them available for purchase in the near future.
Each week, Steve and I will lead the conversation around particular chapters of the book and passages of the Bible. Reading the book will help inform our discussion, but is not necessary in order to participate.
Therefore, you are warmly invited to come to all, or as many as you are able, of our Thursday night sessions and bring your questions and your insights around this thorny topic of what to make of the violence of God as portrayed in the Bible.
The schedule is as follows:
April 12 Chapters 1-4 April 19 Chapters 5-6 May 3 Chapters 7-10 May 10 Chapters 11-13 May 17 Chapters 14-16
I am looking forward to lively discussions on these Thursday evenings! No promises of “answers” to our questions, but honest consideration of the questions will occur!
Peace to you in the name of the one who prayed for God to forgive those who crucified him and responded to violence with healing.
P.S. Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors to join in this study!