The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Making Sense of the Bible, six-week series

Holy Trinity Church, Enfield
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
383 Hazard Ave
Enfield, CT 06082

What is the Bible-how and when was it written, what are the various types of writings found in it? In what sense is it God’s word and in what sense is it human reflections on God? Is the Bible infallible-is the Bible ever wrong? Were Adam and Eve real people? Why is God so violent in the Old Testament? Why would Paul command women to keep silent in church? Is Jesus the only way to salvation? How does God view homosexual people? Did Noah put dinosaurs on the ark? In trying to struggle with troubling questions and issues such as science, historical accuracy, violence, suffering, sexuality, end times, and different ways to read it, the Bible still speaks to us, allowing God to speak to us.
During September and October, Fr Steve will be offering a six-part class entitled Making Sense of the Bible. During this class we will try to understand the nature of scripture and how we should interpret it. This will be a study for people who are not that familiar with the Bible, but who are curious and looking to know more. We will try to have a conversation that wrestles honestly with tough questions often raised about scriptural teaching. We will also examine the Bible as a tool to help find meaning and purpose for our lives today.
We will meet Sunday afternoons at Holy Trinity in the Johnson Room from 4:00-5:30 pm.
September 15-Making sense of the Old Testament, pages 1-61
September 22-Making sense of the New Testament, pages 65-125
September 29- Questions about the Nature of Scripture, pages 129-182
October 6-The Bible and Science, pages 185-206
October 13-Violence, Suffering and other Troubling Issues, pages 207-264
October 20-Wrestling with Issues of Sexuality and Relationships, pages 265-309
Please register for this class at 860-749-2722 with name, phone, and email address. We will make use of the book, Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today, by Adam Hamilton (Harper Collins, 2014). You need to order a copy of the book and read the sections as listed above. The book is available from Amazon.com (2014-03-18) for $11.77 plus $3.98 for shipping; or barnes and noble.com for $15.29 which includes shipping to home or the Enfield store. Both also offer access to used copies at reduced rates. Also feel free to use other book providers that you have used before.
In the introduction to this book, Adam Hamilton writes:
“I love this book [the Bible] …and I wrestle with it. There are parts, if I’m honest, that I have questions about. There are statements on its pages that I don’t believe capture the character and will of God. I’m guessing that if you’re honest, you have questions too. We’re not alone. As a pastor, I regularly hear from people who are perplexed, confused, or disturbed by something they’ve read in the Bible.”
Is that you? Then come and join us! Fr. Steve