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Silent Screaming - 2 Samuel 13

Rape. Not a subject you hear much about on Sunday mornings in church. Not a subject you talk about over dinner. Not a subject anyone really likes to talk about. Yet here it is in the middle of 2 Samuel; rape is exposed, written about and brought out into the open. There is a reason this story is in the Bible, and it’s not something we should skip over because we find the subject difficult.

Rape is a daily reality for women all over the world. In the UK there are 167 reported rapes per day. In the Democratic Republic of Congo a recent study by the American Journal of Public Health found that a woman is raped every 85 seconds. A woman made in the image of God, being abused by another made in the image of God. This is a destruction of humanity at its very core.

Let’s get one myth out of the way: rape is about power, control and the destruction of a woman . It is not about lust. And let’s tackle a second myth: apart from places (like the DRC) where rape is used as a weapon of war, a woman is far more likely to be raped by someone she knows and trusts than by a complete stranger.

And so it is with Amnon’s rape of Tamar, his sister.


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Episode #23: A fallen halo

King David is a man of contradictions. Deep humanity gives way to deep problems as an affair sets off a chain of disastrous events. How will the king respond? And what are the subplots that shape this fickle story?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 23

Hi everyone.

You're doing great! It's not long till our half-way mark. Keep on reading and keep on swinging those MonkeyBars!

4 Jun: 2 Sam 5:6 – 6:23; Psalm 69:29 – 36; Acts 1:23 – 2:21
5 Jun: 2 Sam 7:1 – 8:18; Proverbs 14:5 – 14; Acts 2:22 – 2:47
6 Jun: 2 Sam 9:1 – 10:19; Psalm 70:1 – 5; Acts 3:1 – 3:26
7 Jun: 2 Sam 11:1 – 12:31; Psalm 71:1 – 8; Acts 4:1 – 4:22
8 Jun: 2 Sam 13:1 – 13:39; Psalm 71:9 – 18; Acts 4:23 – 5:11
9 Jun: 2 Sam 14:1 – 15:12; Proverbs 14:15 – 24; Acts 5:12 – 5:42
10 Jun: 2 Sam 15:13 – 16:14; Psalm 71:19 – 24; Acts 6:1 – 7:19

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Episode #22: Check your heartbeat

Saul and David. Two men, each with a following, pursuing destiny is two very different ways. In the power plays which force their way into our daily lives, whose path will we follow? And what will become of our heart?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 22

Hi everyone,

It's taken us a full five months to get here, but this week we finish our readings through the gospels! Definitely a moment to think back and ask how reading Jesus again and again has impacted you.

Next comes the birth of the church!

28 May: 1 Sam 21:1 – 23:29; Proverbs 13:10 – 19; John 18:1 – 18:24
29 May: 1 Sam 24:1 – 25:44; Psalm 68:15 – 20; John 18:25 – 40
30 May: 1 Sam 26:1 – 28:25; Psalm 68:21 – 27; John 19:1 – 19:27
31 May: 1 Sam 29:1 – 31:13; Psalm 68:28 – 35; John 19:28 – 20:9
1 Jun: 2 Sam 1:1 – 2:7; Proverbs 13:20 – 14:4; John 20:10 – 20:31
2 Jun: 2 Sam 2:8 – 3:21; Psalm 69:1 – 12; John 21:1 – 21:25
3 Jun: 2 Sam 3:22 – 5:5; Psalm 69:13 – 28; Acts 1:1 – 1:22

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Episode #21: When hope is gone

The early chapters of 1 Samuel are a pivot point in Israel's life. The die-hard theocracy rejects its Judges and chooses a king. But it is a sorry tale of underwhelming proportions. How do we deal with disappointment, and where is God when it's all gone wrong?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 21

Hi everyone,

It's all about 1 Samuel and John this week. If you've got lost with your readings, 1 Samuel is a good place to pick up - reading to the end of 2 Kings will give you a massive part of the story. Next week we reach a big milestone with the last of our readings in the gospels.

21 May: 1 Sam 8:1 – 10:8; Psalm 65:1 – 13; John 12:12 – 12:36
22 May: 1 Sam 10:9 – 12:25; Psalm 66:1 – 12; John 12:37 – 13:17
23 May: 1 Sam 13:1 – 14:23; Psalm 66:13 – 20; John 13:18 – 13:38
24 May: 1 Sam 14:24 – 15:35; Proverbs 12:28 – 13:9; John 14:1 – 14:31
25 May: 1 Sam 16:1 – 17:37; Psalm 67:1 – 7; John 15:1 – 16:4
26 May: 1 Sam 17:38 – 18:30; Psalm 68:1 – 6; John 16:5 – 17:5
27 May: 1 Sam 19:1 – 20:42; Psalm 68:7 – 14; John 17:6 – 17:26

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Episode #20: Against the odds

Ruth is a subversive story of hope. The tale of the widow from Moab challenges the assumptions and values of Israel. And it provokes us to expose the silent stereotypes that shape our world. What will we do differently? Because we might have to ask ourselves some uncomfortable questions.


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 20

Hi everyone,

It's the start of Rung 6 this week!! And to mark it we've got an Old Testament smorgasbord: Judges, Ruth and 1 Samuel. John is just playing it cool. Get ready for another giant swing...

YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

14 May: Jdgs 18:1 – 19:30; Psalm 60:5 – 12; John 8:12 – 8:30
15 May Jdgs 20:1 – 21:25; Psalm 61:1 – 8; John 8:31 – 8:59
16 May: Ruth 1:1 – 2:23; Proverbs 12:8 – 17; John 9:1 – 9:34
17 May: Ruth 3:1 – 4:22; Psalm 62:1 – 12; John 9:35 – 10:21
18 May: 1 Sam 1:1 – 2:26; Psalm 63:1 – 11; John 10:22 – 10:42
19 May: 1 Sam 2:27 – 4:22; Psalm 64:1 – 10; John 11:1 – 11:44
20 May: 1 Sam 5:1 – 7:17; Proverbs 12:18 – 27; John 11:45 – 12:11

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Episode #19: Songs that shape us

The songs we sing generally go unquestioned, but they often betray our deepest beliefs. Through the songbook of the Psalms we see a selection of what mattered most to Israel about life and faith. What do we see through this poetic window? And what is it that matters most to us?