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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 7

Hi everyone,

Time for a change in the New Testament this week. I like to read Mark in one sitting. Once it only took 20 minutes. But then I am a monkey.

12 Feb: Exod 11:1 – 12:51; Psalm 21:1 – 7; Matt 27:11 – 27:44
13 Feb: Exod 13:1 – 14:31; Proverbs 4:20 – 27; Matt 27:45 – 27:66
14 Feb: Exod 15:1 – 16:36; Psalm 21:8 – 13; Matt 28:1 – 28:20
15 Feb: Exod 17:1 – 18:27; Psalm 22:1 – 11; Mark 1:1 – 1:28
16 Feb: Exod 19:1 – 20:26; Psalm 22:12 – 21; Mark 1:29 – 2:17
17 Feb: Exod 21:1 – 22:31; Proverbs 5:1 – 14; Mark 2:18 – 3:30
18 Feb: Exod 23:1 – 24:18; Psalm 22:22 – 31; Mark 3:31 – 4:29

Enjoy!
Monkey


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The Dark Side (part V): My mate Dave and the death of God

I've spent the last few posts trying to deconstruct a few ideas. The point of deconstruction is not to destroy - as it is often portrayed. But to expose an idea as a construct.

The Old Testament God. The doctrine of the Trinity. They are both constructs, formed from constituent parts in response to the dynamic context from which they arose.

But saying that something is a construct does not mean it is somehow untrue, or redundant. In one sense everything is a construct. You are. I am. We are physcially constructed from countless cells, and we are socially constructed from the sum of a fathomless complex of relationships between people and groups and objects and so on. To say that something is a construct is simply to expose that it is not absolute.

One day I will die. And so will you.

And so will God.

Why does this shock us so much?


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Episode #6: Murder on the Nile

The Exodus from Egypt is the defining moment of the Israelite story. But it happens because God commands the slaughter of Egyptian children. How should we react to this barbaric event? Don't we follow a God who claims to love the whole world?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 6

Hi everyone,

We're really into the final stretch with Job this week. So if you've found it a stretch, just limber up one last time. Then we're back to the story and Exodus! As for Matthew, we approach the climax of his gripping tale. And it's a good'un.

5 Feb: Job 35:1 – 37:24; Proverbs 4:1 – 9; Matt 24:1 – 24:31
6 Feb: Job 38:1 – 40:2; Psalm 18:37 – 42; Matt 24:32 – 25:13
7 Feb: Job 40:3 – 42:17; Psalm 18:43 – 50; Matt 25:14 – 25:46
8 Feb: Exod 1:1 – 3:22; Psalm 19:1 – 6; Matt 26:1 – 26:30
9 Feb: Exod 4:1 – 6:12; Proverbs 4:10 – 19; Matt 26:31 – 26:46
10 Feb: Exod 6:13 – 8:32; Psalm 19:7 – 14; Matt 26:47 – 26:68
11 Feb: Exod 9:1 – 10:29; Psalm 20:1 – 9; Matt 26:29 – 27:10

Happy reading!
Monkey


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The Dark Side (part IV): Throwing off the Trinity

God has a dark side. The Bible's God whom we love to be good has so many skeletons to hide that we could just have found a reason for black holes. So how do we react? Do we bury the truth, or face the fact that our God is evil? Neither path seems real or compelling.

Since I started this blog series several people have asked me, 'What's the answer? I find this really difficult. How do we solve it?'

This isn't an equation to be solved. God is not a conundrum to be fathomed or an argument to reconcile.

God is a persons.


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Community of Readers video blog: Episode #5

Who is to blame for suffering? Job, the ancient drama, turns the tables on easy answers. First by bringing a case against Yahweh. And then by finding that case undone. In a world heaving with grief, how do we respond. Can God take the weight?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 5

Hi everyone!

We've finished Rung 1! Celebrate with this game starring my cousin. Post your high-score on the Facebook page. The winner gets a banana.

Now swing with me on Rung 2!

29 Jan: Job 11:1 – 14:22; Psalm 17:6 – 12; Matt 20:1 – 20:19
30 Jan: Job 15:1 – 18:21; Psalm 17:13 – 15; Matt 20:20 – 20:34
31 Jan: Job 19:1 – 21:34; Psalm 18:1 – 6; Matt 21:1 – 21:17
1 Feb: Job 22:1 – 24:25; Proverbs 3:21 – 35; Matt 21:18 – 21:32
2 Feb: Job 25:1 – 29:25; Psalm 18:7 – 15; Matt 21:33 – 22:14
3 Feb: Job 30:1 – 32:22; Psalm 18:16 – 24; Matt 22:15 – 22:46
4 Feb: Job 33:1 – 34:37; Psalm 18:25 – 36; Matt 23:1 – 23:39

If you've struggled a little bit with Job, then don't give up! Pour yourself a cup of tea, and read a great chunk. Don't worry too much about getting your head around everything that's being said (it'll only be repeated in the next chapter anyway!); just read it. You can't stop to worry too much about meaning on the MonkeyBars or you'll be dangling in Job all year. If you find all this fast reading a little unsettling, see this blog post to help get some perspective.

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Community of Readers video blog: Episode #4

The psalms show Israel's faith at its most personal. But what happens when worship turns tribal and God gets owned? Does Yahweh become a puppet? Or is there something deeper going on? Might we even find a democratic justice being birthed in these ancient songs?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 4

Hi there, my fellow monkeys! Only one week left till the end of Rung #1!

22 Jan: Gen 43:1 – 44:34; Psalm 13:1 – 6; Matt 15:10 – 15:39
23 Jan: Gen 45:1 – 47:12; Psalm 14:1 – 7; Matt 16:1 – 16:20
24 Jan: Gen 47:13 – 48:22; Proverbs 3:1 – 10; Matt 16:21 – 17:13
25 Jan: Gen 49:1 – 50:26; Psalm 15:1 – 5; Matt 17:14 – 18:9
26 Jan: Job 1:1 – 3:26; Psalm 16:1 – 11; Matt 18:10 – 18:35
27 Jan: Job 4:1 – 7:21; Psalm 17:1 – 5; Matt 19:1 – 19:15
28 Jan: Job 8:1 – 10:22; Proverbs 3:11 – 20; Matt 19:16 – 19:30

You might find it easier to read Job in bigger chunks. And imagine it's like a Shakespeare play. That's always helped me.

Enjoy it!
Monkey


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Community of Readers video blog: Episode #3

The tale of the dreamer, Joseph, captures our imaginations. It's human, and it's real. The prisoner, the slave sold by his jealous brothers, wins the day with a masterclass in perseverance. But what of the untold story of Joseph - the ending so conveniently left out by both Lloyd Webber and our Sunday Schools? Will any dream really do?