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Episode #33: Spiritually sexual

The Song of Songs is powerful love-poetry. Right at the heart of the Bible is an ode to sexual love, laced with deeply erotic imagery. How can this poem help a faith that has struggled with sex? Should it make us think differently about our sexuality, and our spirituality?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 33

Hi everyone,

It's the start of Rung 9 this week!! And there's a bit more of the random chop-and-change in the Old Testament. We pick up 2 Chronicles and then hop out to Song of Songs again.

13 Aug: Ecc 7:1 – 9:12; Psalm 95:1 – 11; 1 Cor 7:36 – 8:13
14 Aug: Ecc 9:13 – 12:14; Psalm 96:1 – 13; 1 Cor 9:1 – 9:18
15 Aug: 2 Chr 2:1 – 5:1; Psalm 97:1 – 12; 1 Cor 9:19 – 10:13
16 Aug: 2 Chr 5:2 – 7:10; Proverbs 20:5 – 14; 1 Cor 10:14 – 11:1
17 Aug: 2 Chr 7:11 – 9:31; Psalm 98:1 – 9; 1 Cor 11:2 – 11:34
18 Aug: Sgs 1:1 – 4:16; Psalm 99:1 – 9; 1 Cor 12:1 – 12:26
19 Aug: Sgs 5:1 – 8:14; Psalm 100:1 – 5; 1 Cor 12:27 – 13:13

Keep up the good reading!
Monkey


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Episode #32: Death is absurd

"Meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless!" So goes the opening line of Ecclesiastes. Or does it? What if the Teacher's message was quite the opposite. And what if we have missed the healing power of what has been right under our noses all along?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 32

Hi everyone,

Bit of wisdom for you this week. This is the only moment during the year that a book gets broken in two. 2 Chronicles starts and then makes way for Ecclesiastes. Keep on going! Nearly at the end of Rung 8!

6 Aug: 1 Chr 22:2 – 23:32; Psalm 91:9 – 16; 1 Cor 2:6 – 2:16
7 Aug: 1 Chr 24:1 – 26:19; Psalm 92:1 – 15; 1 Cor 3:1 – 3:23
8 Aug: 1 Chr 26:20 – 27:34; Proverbs 19:13 – 22; 1 Cor 4:1 – 4:21
9 Aug: 1 Chr 28:1 – 29:30; Psalm 93:1 – 5; 1 Cor 5:1 – 5:13
10 Aug: 2 Chr 1:1 – 1:17; Psalm 94:1 – 11; 1 Cor 6:1 – 6:20
11 Aug: Ecc 1:1 – 3:22; Psalm 94:12 – 23; 1 Cor 7:1 – 7:16
12 Aug: Ecc 4:1 – 6:12; Proverbs 19:23 – 20:4; 1 Cor 7:17 – 7:35

Have a great week!
Monkey


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Episode #31: A matter of opinion

With 1 Chronicles we take a step back, to relive David and Solomon all over again. But this is a different story told by different people. Is the Word of God a matter of opinion? How should we approach the Bible's contradictions? And what is the truth anyway?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 31

Hi everyone,

Getting that sense of déjà vu?? Don't worry - the repeated history will be over soon! As is Romans.

30 Jul: 1 Chr 7:1 – 9:1a; Psalm 89:38 – 45; Rom 13:1 – 13:14
31 Jul: 1 Chr 9:1b – 10:14; Proverbs 18:17 – 19:2; Rom 14:1 – 14:18
1 Aug: 1 Chr 11:1 – 12:22; Psalm 89:46 – 52; Rom 14:19 – 15:13
2 Aug: 1 Chr 12:23 – 14:17; Psalm 90:1 – 10; Rom 15:14 – 15:33
3 Aug: 1 Chr 15:1 – 16:36; Psalm 90:11 – 17; Rom 16:1 – 16:27
4 Aug: 1 Chr 16:37 – 18:17; Proverbs 19:3 – 12; 1 Cor 1:1 – 1:17
5 Aug: 1 Chr 19:1 – 22:1; Psalm 91:1 – 8; 1 Cor 1:18 – 2:5

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Episode #30: Back for good

Hosea's prophecy is a watershed moment for Israel. Instead of describing Israel's first exile as cold covenant failure, he narrates their experience in terms of a passionate love affair. But this is no sloppy romance. There is a power at work more terrible than all the armies of the Assyrians. And a story which reaches right through Jesus to our broken world.


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 30

Hi everyone,

A quick shimmy back into a bit of history in the Old Testament this week. But it won't last long before some wisdom and more prophecy take over. Oh, and did I say carry on - you're doing great!

23 Jul: Hos 8:1 – 9:17; Proverbs 17:25 – 18:6; Rom 8:1 – 8:17
24 Jul: Hos 10:1 – 11:11; Psalm 89:1 – 8; Rom 8:18 – 8:39
25 Jul: Hos 11:12 – 14:9; Psalm 89:9 – 13; Rom 9:1 – 9:21
26 Jul: 1 Chr 1:1 – 2:17; Psalm 89:14 – 18; Rom 9:22 – 10:4
27 Jul: 1 Chr 2:18 – 4:8; Proverbs 18:7 – 16; Rom 10:5 – 11:10
28 Jul: 1 Chr 4:9 – 5:26; Psalm 89:19 – 29; Rom 11:11 – 11:32
29 Jul: 1 Chr 6:1 – 6:81; Psalm 89:30 – 37; Rom 11:33 – 12:21

Enjoy
Monkey


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Episode #29: Rotten religion

Amos is a prophet of thunder. Against a society that had grown fat on gold but lost its soul, the shepherd from Tekoa delivers a damning challenge. Out with rotten religion and in with justice! Do we sense similarities? If Amos' God came to our church, what would he say?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 29

Hi everyone,

Moving on with the prophets this week - and going deeper into Romans.

16 Jul: Amos 3:1 – 4:13; Psalm 85:8 – 13; Rom 3:9 – 3:31
17 Jul: Amos 5:1 – 5:27; Psalm 86:1 – 10; Rom 4:1 – 4:15
18 Jul: Amos 6:1 – 7:17; Psalm 86:11 – 17; Rom 4:16 – 5:11
19 Jul: Amos 8:1 – 9:15; Proverbs 17:15 – 24; Rom 5:12 – 5:21
20 Jul: Hos 1:1 – 2:23; Psalm 87:1 – 7; Rom 6:1 – 6:14
21 Jul: Hos 3:1 – 5:15; Psalm 88:1 – 9a; Rom 6:15 – 7:6
22 Jul: Hos 6:1 – 7:16; Psalm 88:9b – 18; Rom 7:7 – 7:25

Enjoy!
Monkey