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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 20

Hi everyone,

It's the start of Rung 6 this week!! And to mark it we've got an Old Testament smorgasbord: Judges, Ruth and 1 Samuel. John is just playing it cool. Get ready for another giant swing...

YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

14 May: Jdgs 18:1 – 19:30; Psalm 60:5 – 12; John 8:12 – 8:30
15 May Jdgs 20:1 – 21:25; Psalm 61:1 – 8; John 8:31 – 8:59
16 May: Ruth 1:1 – 2:23; Proverbs 12:8 – 17; John 9:1 – 9:34
17 May: Ruth 3:1 – 4:22; Psalm 62:1 – 12; John 9:35 – 10:21
18 May: 1 Sam 1:1 – 2:26; Psalm 63:1 – 11; John 10:22 – 10:42
19 May: 1 Sam 2:27 – 4:22; Psalm 64:1 – 10; John 11:1 – 11:44
20 May: 1 Sam 5:1 – 7:17; Proverbs 12:18 – 27; John 11:45 – 12:11

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Part 1: Thinking the unthinkable (John Ch 1)

Outrageous ideas have always changed the world. In 1514, Nicolaus Copernicus made the stupendous claim that the earth revolved around the sun and changed our understanding of the universe forever. In 1916, Albert Einstein stunned the scientific world with his theory of general relativity, undermining some of the most established laws of physics. And late in the first century A.D. a writer known as 'John' offered his readers the most unthinkable idea of all: God incarnate as a human being.

John chapter 1 has had more influence on Christian theology than perhaps any other single chapter in the entire Bible. It's here we get the nearest to a fully-formed doctrine of the Trinity. Here that Jesus is described as the lamb who takes away the sin of the world. But nothing is as shocking, as provocative, or as powerful as the heresy of the Incarnation.


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Episode #19: Songs that shape us

The songs we sing generally go unquestioned, but they often betray our deepest beliefs. Through the songbook of the Psalms we see a selection of what mattered most to Israel about life and faith. What do we see through this poetic window? And what is it that matters most to us?


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Which resurrection story?

As it's Easter Sunday I've been contemplating Mark ch16, the first gospel account of the resurrection. Most Bibles have a footnote saying that the most reliable versions of Mark stop at verse 8, and that verses 9-20 were added on later. Which is significant, because it means 'Mark' gives us two quite different stories.

The longer version is the standard resurrection story, roughly as we know it. Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene, to two friends on a journey, to the eleven disciples in a room, and then ends with a commission and Jesus' ascension. It's a short but exuberant account. Jesus tells his disciples they will be able to pick up snakes and drink deadly poison. More than that: they will have the power to forgive and condemn. This account carries with it the scent of victory.

The short version, by contrast, is an extremely curt and confused affair. Three women approach the tomb to find it empty, except for a man dressed in white who tells them that Jesus has risen and gone ahead to meet them in Galilee. The women flee and 'said nothing to anyone because they were afraid.'

It's easy to understand why someone felt Mark needed a better ending!


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 19

Hi everyone,

Hope you're enjoying the reading - Judges is a good easy read! And John isn't exactly difficult either. If you have fallen behind a bit, why not just pick up with both these books?

7 May Jdgs 6:1 – 7:8a; Psalm 57:7 – 11; John 5:16 – 5:30
8 May Jdgs 7:8b – 8:35; Proverbs 11:19 – 28; John 5:31 – 5:47
9 May Jdgs 9:1 – 9:57; Psalm 58:1 – 11; John 6:1 – 6:24
10 May: Jdgs 10:1 – 11:40; Psalm 59:1 – 8; John 6:25 – 6:59
11 May: Jdgs 12:1 – 13:25; Psalm 59:9 – 17; John 6:60 – 7:13
12 May: Jdgs 14:1 – 15:20; Proverbs 11:29 – 12:7; John 7:14 – 7:44
13 May: Jdgs 16:1 – 17:13; Psalm 60:1 – 4; John 7:45 – 8:11

Happy reading!
Monkey


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Episode #18: The Republic of Heaven

Judges is a small book that covers a big period of Israel's history. So why is this part of the storyline tucked out of sight? Was having a king the answer to Israel's woes? And ours? And how should we relate to the 'king'-dom of God?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 18

Hi everyone,

Hope you're enjoying your readings. Well done to those who caught up again! This week, we end Joshua, begin Judges and really get into John.

30 Apr: Josh 17:1 – 18:28; Proverbs 10:31 – 11:8; John 1:29 – 1:51
1 May: Josh 19:1 – 21:19; Psalm 54:1 – 7; John 2:1 – 2:25
2 May: Josh 21:20 – 22:34; Psalm 55:1 – 11; John 3:1 – 3:21
3 May: Josh 23:1 – 24:33; Psalm 55:12 – 23; John 3:22 – 3:36
4 May: Jdgs 1:1 – 2:5; Proverbs 11:9 – 8; John 4:1 – 4:26
5 May Jdgs 2:6 – 3:31; Psalm 56:1 – 13; John 4:27 – 4:42
6 May Jdgs 4:1 – 5:31; Psalm 57:1 – 6; John 4:43 – 5:15

Enjoy!
Monkey


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Episode #17: Mission and massacre

The story of Joshua is an ethical rollercoaster. On the one hand we want to cheer with the success of the people of Israel. But on the other, we stand appalled at the ethnic violence they perpetrate. How do we make sense of this book, and how do we make sense of the God it narrates?


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The MonkeyBar Challenge Week 17

Hi everyone!

Happy Easter!! As Luke comes to an end our New Testament readings will follow the Easter story, right on time. And Joshua's conquering armies keep us busy in the Old.

23 Apr: Josh 3:1 – 5:12; Psalm 50:1 – 15; Luke 22:1 – 22:38
24 Apr: Josh 5:13 – 7:26; Psalm 50:16 – 23; Luke 22:39 – 22:62
25 Apr: Josh 8:1 – 9:15; Psalm 51:1 – 9; Luke 22:63 – 23:25
26 Apr: Josh 9:16 – 10:43; Proverbs 10:21 – 30; Luke 23:26 – 23:56
27 Apr: Josh 11:1 – 12:24; Psalm 51:10 – 19; Luke 24:1 – 24:35
28 Apr: Josh 13:1 – 14:15; Psalm 52:1 – 9; Luke 24:36 – 24:53
29 Apr: Josh 15:1 – 16:10; Psalm 53:1 – 6; John 1:1 – 1:28

Happy reading!
Monkey


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Episode #16: All or nothing

The covenant between Yahweh and Israel was total. But it was also a massive gamble. Are we willing to gamble on a God who promises life through the doors of death? And how is Jesus' New Covenant better than the Old?