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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?


Introduction

Inside out. Upside down. Back to front.

Read carefully and Luke's gospel is a profoundly disturbing experience, both for the first century readers and for us twenty centuries later. Luke is the first gospel to be written primarily for a non-Jewish audience. This gives Luke's Jesus story a very different feel to Matthew and Mark. While sharing much of the same material, Luke casts new light on the significance of this man Jesus, uncovering new dimensions and illuminating previously darkened corners.

As we travel with Luke, one of the main things to look out for is the theme of 'reversal'. Luke seems hell-bent on terrorizing long held assumptions: women over men, poor over rich, outsider over insider, powerless over powerful.

Luke describes a strange new world. He bids his readers to forget the things we thought we knew and be prepared to be disorientated, confused, and deeply challenged.

May we have the courage to be open and the imagination to live differently...


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 11

Hi everyone,

This is your moment! If you've got really behind with the readings, two books end and two begin. Write off Leviticus and Mark, and get going with Numbers and Luke! (And it's only the first few days of Numbers that is as dull as a day picking fleas from your cousin - by next week we'll be back to some action!)

12 Mar: Lev 25:1 – 26:13; Psalm 33:1 – 11; Mark 16:1 – 16:20
13 Mar: Lev 26:14 – 27:34; Proverbs 7:1 – 5; Luke 1:1 – 1:25
14 Mar: Num 1:1 – 2:9; Psalm 33:12 – 22; Luke 1:26 – 1:38
15 Mar: Num 2:10 – 3:51; Psalm 34:1 – 10; Luke 1:39 – 1:56
16 Mar: Num 4:1 – 5:12; Psalm 34:11 – 22; Luke 1:57 – 1:80
17 Mar: Num 5:11 – 6:27; Proverbs 7:6 – 20; Luke 2:1 – 2:20
18 Mar: Num 7:1 – 7:65; Psalm 35:1 – 10; Luke 2:21 – 2:40

Enjoy!
Monkey


Question Mark's: Let the reader understand...

This should be the last of my posts on Mark for now. It was sparked of by Matt Valler's post and a few twitter exchanges. Scripture continually surprises. As we bring ourselves to these astonishing texts, we struggle with them. Sometimes in the wrestling we twist texts to our understanding but occasionally the Spirit gets through and the text twists our understanding. To be honest, I don't know which type of twisting my posts on Mark are.
'Do you still not see or understand?'


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Episode #10: Better think twice

Leviticus is full of sacrifices that are misunderstood. They are not meant to take away moral guilt. They are about something altogether more human, and divine. We'd better think twice about Leviticus, and think twice about worship.


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 10

Hi everyone,

More in Leviticus this week and more in Mark. If you've got too far behind, sometimes you just need to cut your losses and miss out a bit - otherwise you never make it. Next week is a good moment to start again if that's you. In the meantime, you could have a quick skim read of what you've missed, just to catch the drift.

5 Mar: Lev 13:1 – 13:59; Proverbs 6:20 – 29; Mark 12:28 – 12:44
6 Mar: Lev 14:1 – 14:57; Psalm 30:8 – 12; Mark 13:1 – 13:31
7 Mar: Lev 15:1 – 16:34; Psalm 31:1 – 8; Mark 13:32 – 14:16
8 Mar: Lev 17:1 – 18:30; Psalm 31:9 – 18; Mark 14:17 – 14:42
9 Mar: Lev 19:1 – 20:27; Proverbs 6:30 – 35; Mark 14:43 – 14:72
10 Mar: Lev 21:1 – 22:33; Psalm 31:19 – 24; Mark 15:1 – 15:32
11 Mar: Lev 23:1 – 24:23; Psalm 32:1 – 11; Mark 15:33 – 15:47

Happy reading!
Monkey


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Biblefresh photo winner credits Community of Readers

Friends, we have a winner in the house! The top prize for the Biblefresh photo competition, announced this week, went to Community of Readers member and fellow monkey, Rachel Valler. (Check out her winning entry, along with the runners up, here.)

We asked Rachel what had inspired her to create her photo.

"For the last ten years I have found it difficult to connect with God and the Bible through normal church life, and at times have felt completely lost in a faith I once felt at home in. Matt, my husband, has been blogging on the Bible with Community of Readers and it's slowly got me starting to read and engage with the Bible again. Community of Readers has become a lifeline for me through some deep questioning and soul searching. It has provided the fresh and creative perspective I have needed to look positively at the Bible again and help me in my walk with God. It is wonderful to see people wrestling with the tough questions relating to the Bible that are so often ignored, inadequately dealt with or given a cliched answer that just doesn't cut it.

"For a long time I had to put down my Bible as I found reading it too frustrating. Since being connected to Community of Readers I have blown off the dust and started reading again and it feels great.

"This new opportunity to look at the issues I want to tackle, to look at God and the Bible in a way that is really lacking in mainstream churches, and to genuinely love and seek to do justice to the God I follow has helped me feel that the family of Jesus is still very much my home."

We say "Woop woop!" and well done Rachel for such a great photo!