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Episode #38: A dream worth living

With the Israelite community resettled in their homeland, the prophets of Isaiah grappled with life after Exile. Their earlier promises had not come true. Why not? And what could they do about it? As we relive this ancient prophecy we ask deep questions of justice, identity and our future together.


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 38

Hi everyone,

We're still in Isaiah, but the end is in sight! Keep going - and check out the video blogs if you're struggling to make sense of it. In the New Testament we changing a letter a week as we storm through the Epistles.

17 Sep: Isa 41:1 – 42:25; Proverbs 22:28 – 23:9; Gal 3:10 – 3:25
18 Sep: Isa 43:1 – 44:23; Psalm 108:1 – 5; Gal 3:26 – 4:20
19 Sep: Isa 44:24 – 46:13; Psalm 108:6 – 13; Gal 4:21 – 5:6
20 Sep: Isa 47:1 – 49:7; Psalm 109:1 – 20; Gal 5:7 – 5:26
21 Sep: Isa 49:8 – 51:16; Proverbs 23:10 – 18; Gal 6:1 – 6:18
22 Sep: Isa 51:17 – 54:17; Psalm 109:21 – 31; Eph 1:1 – 1:23
23 Sep: Isa 55:1 – 57:13; Psalm 110:1 – 7; Eph 2:1 – 2:22

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Episode #37: The dark days are over

With the holy city of Jerusalem destroyed and the Temple gone the community in exile began to dream. The 'Isaiah' of its middle chapters is a feat of bold imagination. But do we miss the significance of their words because we know how the story played out? And what would have happened if this prophecy had not been birthed?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 37

Hi everyone,

Hope you're enjoying the readings - particularly if you've just joined for The MonkeyBar Challenge: Prophets! For those of you reading the New Testament, we're at that stage in the year where we really start to whizz through the smaller letters. So, hold onto your hats!

10 Sep: Isa 24:1 – 26:21; Psalm 106:32 – 39; 2 Cor 11:16 – 11:33
11 Sep: Isa 27:1 – 28:29; Psalm 106:40 – 48; 2 Cor 12:1 – 12:10
12 Sep: Isa 29:1 – 30:18; Psalm 107:1 – 9; 2 Cor 12:11 – 12:21
13 Sep: Isa 30:19 – 32:20; Proverbs 22:17 – 27; 2 Cor 13:1 – 13:14
14 Sep: Isa 33:1 – 35:10; Psalm 107:10 – 22; Gal 1:1 – 1:24
15 Sep: Isa 35:1 – 37:38; Psalm 107:23 – 32; Gal 2:1 – 2:10
16 Sep: Isa 38:1 – 40:31; Psalm 107:33 – 43; Gal 2:11 – 3:9

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Episode #36: Fresh dreams

Isaiah, prophet in the court of the king, starts the journey that bears his name. But it is a rollercoaster ride that takes us across two centuries of turmoil, well beyond the prophet himself into a strange new world where God must be rethought and faith reimagined. As we dive into Isaiah's murky waters we take a look at the man who shaped a nation.


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 36

Hi everyone,

We're right on into Isaiah this week. Don't get too bogged down in it - just read! Think how swell you'll feel when you've done it!

3 Sep: Isa 3:1 – 5:7; Psalm 105:12 – 22; 2 Cor 6:3 – 7:1
4 Sep: Isa 5:8 – 8:10; Psalm 105:23 – 36; 2 Cor 7:2 – 7:16
5 Sep: isa 8:11 – 10:19; Proverbs 21:27 – 22:6; 2 Cor 8:1 – 8:15
6 Sep: Isa 10:20 – 13:22; Psalm 105:37 – 45; 2 Cor 8:16 – 9:5
7 Sep: Isa 14:1 – 16:14; Psalm 106:1 – 15; 2 Cor 9:6 – 9:15
8 Sep: Isa 17:1 – 19:25; Psalm 106:16 – 31; 2 Cor 10:1 – 10:18
9 Sep: Isa 20:1 – 23:18; Proverbs 22:7 – 16; 2 Cor 11:1 – 11:15

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Episode #35: The still small roar

The prophet Micah is known for his simple triad: justice, mercy and humility. But is that really at the heart of his words? What about the dreams of greatness and the promise of national glory? What about the power of judgement and the holy city? And how would Jesus read Micah?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 35

Hi everyone,

Just four days left till The MonkeyBar Challenge: Prophets begins. Spread the word!

27 Aug: 2 Chr 29:1 – 31:1; Psalm 103:13 – 22; 2 Cor 1:12 – 1:22
28 Aug: 2 Chr 31:2 – 33:20; Proverbs 21:5 – 16; 2 Cor 1:23 – 2:11
29 Aug: 2 Chr 33:21 – 35:19; Psalm 104:1 – 18; 2 Cor 2:12 – 3:6
30 Aug: 2 Chr 35:20 – 36:23; Psalm 104:19 – 30; 2 Cor 3:7 – 3:18
31 Aug: Micah 1:1 – 4:13; Psalm 104:31 – 35; 2 Cor 4:1 – 4:18
1 Sep: Micah 5:1 – 7:20; Proverbs 21:17 – 26; 2 Cor 5:1 – 5:10
2 Sep: Isa 1:1 – 2:22; Psalm 105:1 – 11; 2 Cor 5:11 – 6:2

Have a great week,
Monkey


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Episode #34: The way we tell it

Chronicles and Kings are histories told from different points of view. And they throw up some tricky questions. So how can we find a path to navigate through the disagreements? And how will that help us write our history. Because we way we remember our past will shape our future.


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 34

Hi everyone,

Tell your friends: The MonkeyBar Challenge: Prophets kicks off in precisely 10 days time. It's for people who have started reading the Bible in a year and given up, either this year or before. Loads of people say to me 'Hey Monkey, I wanna do the whole Bible but every time I start I just give up around March - somewhere in Leviticus!!' Well this is my answer: just start somewhere else. The MonkeyBar Challenge: Prophets picks up from Micah on 31 Aug and then continues with Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel plus some others. You can read the New Testament passages as well, or just concentrate on sticking out the Old.

So... got stuck with reading? This is for you!!

20 Aug: 2 Chr 10:1 – 12:16; Proverbs 20:15 – 24; 1 Cor 14:1 – 14:19
21 Aug: 2 Chr 13:1 – 15:19; Psalm 101:1 – 8; 1 Cor 14:20 – 14:40
22 Aug: 2 Chr 16:1 – 18:27; Psalm 102:1 – 11; 1 Cor 15:1 – 15:34
23 Aug: 2 Chr 18:28 – 21:3; Psalm 102:12 – 17; 1 Cor 15:35 – 15:49
24 Aug: 2 Chr 21:4 – 23:21; Proverbs 20:25 – 21:4; 1 Cor 15:50 – 16:4
25 Aug: 2 Chr 24:1 – 25:28; Psalm 102:18 – 28; 1 Cor 16:5 – 16:24
26 Aug: 2 Chr 26:1 – 28:27; Psalm 103:1 – 12; 2 Cor 1:1 – 1:11

Meanwhile, enjoy this!
Monkey