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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 45

Hi everyone,

It's the start of Rung 12 - our penultimate section of readings!! We're well into the kaleidoscopic visions of Ezekiel. And also well into Hebrews. Now is not the moment to grow faint!!

5 Nov: Ezek 7:1 – 9:11; Psalm 119:161 – 168; Heb 6:13 – 7:10
6 Nov: Ezek 10:1 – 12:28; Psalm 119:169 – 176; Heb 7:11 – 7:28
7 Nov: Ezek 13:1 – 15:8; Psalm 120:1 – 7; Heb 8:1 – 8:13
8 Nov: Ezek 16:1 – 16:63; Proverbs 27:5 – 14; Heb 9:1 – 9:15
9 Nov: Ezek 17:1 – 18:32; Psalm 121:1 – 8; Heb 9:16 – 9:28
10 Nov: Ezek 19:! – 20:44; Psalm 122:1 – 9; Heb 10:1 – 10:18
11 Nov: Ezek 20:45 – 22:22; Psalm 123:1 – 4; Heb 10:19 – 10:39

Have a great week
Monkey


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Episode #44: One nation under threat

Joel gives voice to a nation under attack. As an army tears up the ground like a swarm of locusts, his call for repentance and war is clear. In the wake of 9/11 has our response to attack been constructive? And have we found ourselves ensnared by the same ideological dreams or can we find a path to freedom?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 44

Hi everyone,

We're skipping about all over the place this week. Lamentations finishes, we spend a day in Obadiah, a couple more in Joel, and then we're right into the third of the Big Three: Ezekiel. In the New Testament we take a quick glance at Philemon before moving onto Hebrews.

29 Oct: Lam 2:7 – 3:39; Psalm 119:121 – 128; Phm 1:1 – 1:25
30 Oct: Lam 3:40 – 5:22; Psalm 119:129 – 136; Heb 1:1 – 1:14
31 Oct: Oba 1:1 – 1:21; Proverbs 26:13 – 22; Heb 2:1 – 2:18
1 Nov: Joel 1:1 – 2:17; Psalm 119:137 – 144; Heb 3:1 – 3:19
2 Nov: Joel 2:18 – 3:21; Psalm 119:145 – 152; Heb 4:1 – 4:13
3 Nov: Ezek 1:1 – 3:27; Psalm 119:153 – 160; Heb 4:14 – 5:10
4 Nov: Ezek 4:1 – 6:14; Proverbs 26:23 – 27:4; Heb 5:11 – 6:12

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Episode #43: You are not alone

The book of Lamentations relives the pain of Israel's darkest hour. It expresses the deep pathos of shame and the insecurity of a broken covenant. So what of our laments? Should we emulate this ancient sorrow, or keep our distance? What can we learn from this crushing covenant cry?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 43

Hi everyone!

We reach the end of Jeremiah this week, then it's chop and change for a few days. In the New Testament we're still rolling through some pastoral epistles.

22 Oct: Jer 48:1 – 49:6; Psalm 119:81 – 88; 2 Tim 1:1 – 1:18
23 Oct: Jer 49:7 – 50:10; Proverbs 25:21 – 26:2; 2 Tim 2:1 – 2:26
24 Oct: Jer 50:11 – 51:14; Psalm 119:89 – 96; 2 Tim 3:1 – 3:17
25 Oct: Jer 51:15 – 51:64; Psalm 119:97 – 104; 2 Tim 4:1 – 4:22
26 Oct: Jer 52:1 – 52:34; Psalm 119:105 – 112; Titus 1:1 – 1:16
27 Oct: Hab 1:1 – 3:19; Proverbs 26:3 – 12; Titus 2:1 – 2:15
28 Oct: Lam 1:1 – 2:6; Psalm 119:113 – 120; Titus 3:1 – 3:15

Enjoy!
Monkey


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The Sci-Fi Epistles – 1 & 2 Thessalonians

It's possible that Einstein's laws have been superseded. Researchers at the CERN laboratories in Switzerland and at Gran Sasso laboratories in Italy appear to have recorded a particle travelling faster than light. If their data holds up, it could mean a revolution in physics on the scale of the coup by which Einstein dethroned Newton.

Of course the data might not hold up. In many ways you'd expect it not to. The scientific consensus naturally presumes the evidence has been somehow misread or that some extraneous factor has been unaccounted for. But at the moment, as I write, no one really knows. Some live in hope.


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Episode #42: An absent author

Habakkuk is one of the smallest and most obscure prophets of the Old Testament. So how should we read the words of a man about whom we know almost nothing? Does Habakkuk really matter? Can't God speak to each of us in our own way through these words? Isn't it just futile to reach back into ancient history and attempt to grasp an absent author?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 42

Hi everyone,

Another week of the prophet of unrelenting woe! But stick with it - at least he's easier to read than Isaiah.

15 Oct: Jer 31:15 – 32:25; Proverbs 25:1 – 10; 2 Thess 3:1 – 3:18
16 Oct: Jer 32:26 – 34:22; Psalm 119:41 – 48; 1 Tim 1:1 – 1:20
17 Oct: Jer 35:1 – 37:21; Psalm 119:49 – 56; 1 Tim 2:1 – 2:15
18 Oct: Jer 38:1 – 40:6; Psalm 119:57 – 64; 1 Tim 3:1 – 3:16
19 Oct: Jer 40:7 – 42:22; Proverbs 25:11 – 20; 1 Tim 4:1 – 4:16
20 Oct: Jer 43:1 – 45:5; Psalm 119:65 – 72; 1 Tim 5:1 – 6:2
21 Oct: Jer 46:1 – 47:7; Psalm 119:73 – 80; 1 Tim 6:3 – 6:21

Have a great week,
Monkey


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Episode #41: Certain failure

Who is the man Jeremiah? The tale of the prophet of whom we know the most is a sober one. How do we relate to this life of deep conflict? And how do we respond to a mission so utterly failed? Is there any hope in Israel's best-loved prophet of woe?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 41

Hi everyone,

Rung 10 starts today!! We are so nearly at the end of this epic thoughtful playground adventure - keep on going!

8 Oct: Jer 16:1 – 17:27; Psalm 118:17 – 29; Col 4:2 – 4:18
9 Oct: Jer 18:1 – 20:18; Psalm 119:1 – 8; 1 Thess 1:1 – 2:16
10 Oct: Jer 21:1 – 23:8; Psalm 119:9 – 16; 1 Thess 2:17 – 3:13
11 Oct: Jer 23:9 – 25:14; Proverbs 24:23 – 34; 1 Thess 4:1 – 4:18
12 Oct: Jer 25:15 – 26:24; Psalm 119:17 – 24; 1 Thess 5:1 – 5:28
13 Oct: Jer 27:1 – 29:23; Psalm 119:25 – 32; 2 Thess 1:1 – 1:12
14 Oct: Jer 29:24 – 31:14; Psalm 119:33 – 40; 2 Thess 2:1 – 2:17

Enjoy!
Monkey