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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 15

Hi everyone,

More on Deuteronomy and Luke this week. We're nearly at the end of the Law! That's a milestone and a half.

9 Apr: Deut 11:1 – 12:32; Psalm 43:1 – 5; Luke 12:35 – 12:59
10 Apr: Deut 13:1 – 14:29; Proverbs 9:1 – 12; Luke 13:1 – 13:30
11 Apr: Deut 15:1 – 16:20; Psalm 44:1 – 12; Luke 13:31 – 14:14
12 Apr: Deut 16:21 – 18:22; Psalm 44:13 – 26; Luke 14:15 – 14:35
13 Apr: Deut 19:1 – 20:20; Psalm 45:1 – 9; Luke 15:1 – 15:32
14 Apr: Deut 21:1 – 22:30; Proverbs 9:13 – 18; Luke 16:1 – 16:18
15 Apr: Deut 23:1 – 25:19; Psalm 45:10 – 17; Luke 16:19 – 17:10

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Episode #14: In living memory

The opener to Moses' final speech (Deuteronomy) to the People of Israel as they camped on the plains of the Jordan is a powerful and passionate moment. By remembering the past he presents a future. What future do we imagine, and what must we remember to see it made real?


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The Dark Side (Part VII): A place of holy heresy

Heresy is a burning issue.

Heretics have a bad name. We no longer get burned at the stake. But in Christian circles the stakes are high and the risk of stepping out of line smoulders like a volatile incendiary device, ready to explode at a moments notice.

These last few weeks our heretic-in-chief has been American pastor, Rob Bell. Soon it will be someone else. And all the while people leave the church – and the faith – because near the fire they feel starved of theological oxygen.

I believe that heresy is a sacred task.


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 14

Hi everyone,

We're through a quarter of the year! A big monkey high-five to all of you who have kept up with the reading thus far - it's quite the effort. Don't despair if you haven't; this isn't an all-or-nothing playground. If you've got behind, either catch up quickly or just cut your losses and restart from today. I'm often meeting fellow monkeys who are wallowing in mires of guilt and disillusionment. If that's you, then - in the nicest possible way - get a grip! Move on! :o)

Deuteronomy starts this week and with it the descent into land for the first five books of the Bible - massive as a reading milestone, and massive for all of the Jewish-Christian tradition from which we get the Bible in the first place!

2 Apr: Num 33:1 – 34:29; Proverbs 8:22 – 31; Luke 9:10 – 9:27
3 Apr: Num 35:1 – 36:13; Psalm 40:9 – 17; Luke 9:28 – 9:56
4 Apr: Deut 1:1 – 2:23; Psalm 41:1 – 6; Luke 9:57 – 10:24
5 Apr: Deut 2:24 – 4:14; Psalm 41:7 – 13; Luke 10:25 – 11:4
6 Apr: Deut 4:15 – 5:33; Proverbs 8:32 – 36; Luke 11:5 – 11:32
7 Apr: Deut 6:1 – 8:20; Psalm 42:1 – 6a; Luke 11:33 – 11:54
8 Apr: Deut 9:1 – 10:22; Psalm 42:6b – 11; Luke 12:1 – 12:34

Enjoy!!
Monkey


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Episode #13: Scared to choose

To invade or not to invade? A question that grips the world. We'd all to love to choose good over evil. But what happens when we're left trying to salvage good from the lesser of two evils? The big choice of Numbers had big consequences.


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The Bible and Homosexuality

Someone recently asked me what the Bible actually says on homosexuality, so thought I'd post the summary. It's not meant as a argument for a particular sexual ethic, just an introduction to the issue from a biblical perspective.

In terms of those parts of the Bible which explicitly refer to homosexuality, there are only a small number. There is an instance in Genesis (Ch 19) where the men of the town of Sodom want to have sex with Lot's (Abraham's nephew) male guests. But as an instance of gang rape it is hardly relevant to discussions of gay marriage, etc. Then there are a couple of references in the Levitical Law (18:22 and 20:13) which basically say that anyone who has sex with someone of the same sex should be put to death (along with people who commit adultery and practice incest and various other things). As the Old Testament Law is obsolete for Christians it is again not possible to draw a direct ethical directive to contemporary life (though there's a sense that the ethics of that Law deserve some proper contemplation if they are not to be just thrown off in a fit of 'progressive' moral arrogance).


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 13

Hi everyone,

Rung #4 of The MonkeyBar Challenge begins this week! Congratulations if you have made it this far. There's a new post in the Community forum where you can share how you're finding the readings, and any tips you've got from the experience.

26 Mar: Num 21:4 – 22:20; Psalm 37:21 – 31; Luke 6:12 – 6:36
27 Mar: Num 22:21 – 23:26; Psalm 37:32 – 40; Luke 6:37 – 7:10
28 Mar: Num 23:27 – 26:11; Psalm 38:1 – 12; Luke 7:11 – 7:35
29 Mar: Num 26:12 – 27:11; Proverbs 8:12 – 21; Luke 7:36 – 7:50
30 Mar: Num 27:12 – 29:11; Psalm 38:13 – 22; Luke 8:1 – 8:18
31 Mar: Num 29:12 – 31:24; Psalm 39:1 – 13; Luke 8:19– 8:39
1 Apr: Num 31:25 – 32:42; Psalm 40:1 – 8; Luke 8:40 – 9:9

Happy reading!
Monkey


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Episode #12: No human rights

Does the end justify the means? Numbers is a complex tale of repression and suffering for the promise of freedom. What is an acceptable cost? How many lives are we prepared to lose in the cause of liberation. These are big questions that shake our world today, and Numbers asks them forcefully.


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 12

Hi everyone,

Back to the Old Testament storyline this week as the Numbers census comes to an end and the wandering wilderness saga continues. And Luke really starts to gets going as well. So if you need a moment to draw a line under what you've missed and pick up at a new point, this is one of the best opportunities to do so in the entire year!

Don't worry about what you've missed. Just swing on!

19 Mar: Num 7:66 – 9:14; Psalm 35:11 – 18; Luke 2:41 – 2:52
20 Mar: Num 9:15 – 11:3; Psalm 35:19 – 28; Luke 3:1 – 3:22
21 Mar: Num 11:4 – 13:25; Proverbs 7:21 – 27; Luke 3:23 – 4:13
22 Mar: Num 13:26 – 14:45; Psalm 36:1 – 12; Luke 4:14 – 4:37
23 Mar: Num 15:1 – 16:35; Psalm 37:1 – 9; Luke 4:38 – 5:16
24 Mar: Num 16:36 – 18:32; Psalm 37:10 – 20; Luke 5:17 – 5:32
25 Mar: Num 19:1 – 21:3; Proverbs 8:1 – 11; Luke 5:33 – 6:11

Happy reading!
Monkey


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Episode #11: Twelve tangled tribes

For centuries people thought Moses wrote Numbers, along with Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy. But what if the truth was far more profound? Could the Pentateuch be a beacon of hope to heal our deep divisions?