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Episode #27: The mighty have fallen

The penultimate stage of Israel's story is known by one single, desolate word: Exile. As 2 Kings explores the years from the fall of Israel to the fall of Judah, we realise the story has been stampeding towards collapse. Bigger powers are at work, but the fortunes of Jacob's children lie not in the hands of the empires. Their story is their own.


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 27

Hi everyone!

Today, we begin the 2nd half of the year!!!! What a moment. Give yourself a hearty pat on the back, and maybe beat your chest like a gorilla. We can do it!!

2 Jul: 2 Kgs 4:38 – 6:23; Psalm 79:1 – 13; Acts 21:17 – 22:21
3 Jul: 2 Kgs 6:24 – 8:15; Proverbs 16:8 – 17; Acts 22:22 – 23:11
4 Jul: 2 Kgs 8:16 – 9:37; Psalm 80:1 – 7; Acts 23:12 – 23:35
5 Jul: 2 Kgs 10:1 – 11:21; Psalm 80:8 – 19; Acts 24:1 – 24:27
6 Jul: 2 Kgs 12:1 – 14:22; Psalm 81:1 – 7; Acts 25:1 – 25:22
7 Jul: 2 Kgs 14:23 – 15:38; Proverbs 16:18 – 27; Acts 25:23 – 26:23
8 Jul: 2 Kgs 16:1 – 17:41; Psalm 81:8 – 16; Acts 26:24 – 27:12

Have a great week!
Monkey


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Episode #26: No quick fixes

The saga of the Kings of Israel is a tale of spectacular mediocrity. As monarchs come and go, the covenant with Yahweh wanes. And in the end, Exile breaks up the party and asks some deep questions of a nation still reeling. What is the real value of a quick-fix? And what does commitment really mean?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 26

Hi everyone,

This is the last week of the first half of the year! And it's a good middle point for both Testaments. In the old we're moving from 1 Kings to 2. And in the New, the story of the early church picks up speed.

25 Jun: 1 Kgs 14:21 – 16:7; Proverbs 15:21 – 30; Acts 16:16 – 16:40
26 Jun: 1 Kgs 16:8 – 18:15; Psalm 78:9 – 16; Acts 17:1 – 17:21
27 Jun: 1 Kgs 18:16 – 19:21; Psalm 78:17 – 31; Acts 17:22 – 18:8
28 Jun: 1 Kgs 20:1 – 21:29; Psalm 78:32 – 39; Acts 18:9 – 19:13
29 Jun: 1 Kgs 22:1 – 22:53; Proverbs 15:31 – 16:7; Acts 19:14 – 19:41
30 Jun: 2 Kgs 1:1 – 2:25; Psalm 78:40 – 55; Acts 20:1 – 20:38
1 Jul: 2 Kgs 3:1 – 4:37; Psalm 78:56 – 72; Acts 21:1 – 21:26

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Episode #25: Peace at any price

According to 1 Kings, Solomon is a sell-out. Hundreds of women woo him to foreign gods and Israel turns away from Yahweh. But what can we read between the lines? Why so many wives; why so little war? Is there more to this story than first meets the eye?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 25

Hi everyone,

Hope you're enjoying the readings. In the Old Testament we get into the account of the new monarchy and in the New we get further into the account of the new church.

18 Jun: 1 Kgs 3:16 – 5:18; Psalm 74:18 – 23; Acts 12:19b – 13:12
19 Jun: 1 Kgs 6:1 – 7:22; Psalm 75:1 – 10; Acts 13:13 – 13:41
20 Jun: 1 Kgs 7:23 – 8:21; Psalm 76:1 – 12; Acts 13:42 – 14:7
21 Jun: 1 Kgs 8:22 – 9:9; Proverbs 15:11 – 20; Acts 14:8 – 14:28
22 Jun: 1 Kgs 9:10 – 11:13; Psalm 77:1 – 9; Acts 15:1 – 15:21
23 Jun: 1 Kgs 11:14 – 12:24; Psalm 77:10 – 20; Acts 15:22 – 15:41
24 Jun: 1 Kgs 12:25 – 14:20; Psalm 78:1 – 8; Acts 16:1 – 16:15

Enjoy!
Monkey


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 24

Hi everyone,

It's time for another humongous swing this week - as we move on to Rung 6! I hope you're enjoying the readings as much as I am. But my arms are a bit sore - even for a monkey!

11 Jun: 2 Sam 16:15 – 18:18; Psalm 72:1 – 20; Acts 7:20 – 7:43
12 Jun: 2 Sam 18:19 – 19:43; Psalm 73:1 – 14; Acts 7:44 – 8:3
13 Jun: 2 Sam 20:1 – 21:22; Proverbs 14:25 – 35; Acts 8:4 – 8:40
14 Jun: 2 Sam 22:1 – 23:7; Psalm 73:15 – 73:28; Acts 9:1 – 9:31
15 Jun: 2 Sam 23:8 – 24:25; Psalm 74:1 – 9; Acts 9:32 – 10:23a
16 Jun: 1 Kgs 1:1 – 2:12; Psalm 74:10 – 17; Acts 10:23b – 11:18
17 Jun: 1 Kgs 2:13 – 3:15; Proverbs 15:1 – 10; Acts 11:19 – 12:19a

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Episode #24: What's your torah?

Proverbs is a masterclass in taking life one situation at a time. For fans of universal truths it's an uncomfortable read. But for the wise it is pure gold. So how does this sit with the fixed and rigid Torah - the Law of Moses? And how can we find our own torah for the journey?


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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?