Posts Tagged ‘Biblefresh Evening Classes’

Understanding the Scriptures resources

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Over the past year, Wycliffe Bible Translators have been involved in the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. Among the celebrations has been a series of evening classes called Understanding the Scriptures.

The classes covered an array of topics about the nature, content and application of the Bible. We’ve addressed big questions, like whether we can rely on the biblical texts, or whether the Bible always means what it says. We’ve scurried into challenging thoughts about how other cultures can open our eyes to the Bible and what we do with scriptural dualities.

But now it’s the end of the year, and also the end of the Understanding the Scriptures classes. Before you get out your hanky and start bawling, hang on! While they may be gone from the schedule, the content is still around.

The most recent evening class, on applying the Bible to all of life, is online now. You can download it as a podcast from iTunes or watch it as a presentation on our website. Or, if you just want to sit back and listen now, click the play button at the bottom of this post.

And there’s more! All the classes from the last year are still available on our website and will continue being so. If you want to review, think a friend might benefit, or think it might make a valuable 45 minutes for your small group, you’ll be able to find all the classes at wycliffe.org.uk/eveningclasses.

We hope you continue to enjoy them.

Why the Bible is the Story everybody needs: 7 December

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

As we draw near the end of the year, we also – sadly – draw near the end of our series of evening classes, Understanding the Scriptures. Throughout the year, we have been hosting classes to challenge and equip local churches in their approach to the Bible.

Wednesday, 7th December sees the last of these classes, for 2011 at least. Roger Welch will be speaking about how we apply the Bible to all of life. Roger has pastored Merland Rise Church in Surrey for the past 30 years, and is the chair of the board for Wycliffe Global Alliance.

Join us at The Wycliffe Centre, near High Wycombe, for this class as we consider why and how the Bible applies to all of our lives.

To find out more about Understanding the Scriptures evening classes, go to wycliffe.org.uk/eveningclasses. You can see more about the speakers, catch up on previous classes and book for a discount.

Understanding the Scriptures classes are Biblefresh events. Biblefresh is a movement of churches, organisations and individuals encouraging passionate interaction with the Bible in churches throughout the UK.

A (figurative) hiccup: evening class resources

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

We have all experienced that awkward communication hiccup when writing to a friend; an ironic comment or figure of speech goes completely over someone’s head (figuratively speaking). Normally easily rectified, but what if the text was written millennia ago? You’d be waiting a while for the reply… What do we do with irony and metaphor in the Bible?

Earlier this month, we hosted the ninth of ten Understanding the Scriptures evening classes. Margaret Sim spoke on ‘Does the Bible mean what it says?’ focusing on the use of metaphor and irony in the Bible.

It was a class that obviously prompted lots of thoughts, demonstrated by the free flow of questions that followed. The discussion ranged from the extent to which we see ‘redemption’ as a metaphor to how we should approach ideas like millennialism with considerations of figurative language.

If you weren’t there, you can listen to the talk online – here, by downloading the podcast on iTunes or with the presentation on our website. See what questions it prompts in your mind.

The next (and last) evening class of this year will be on 7th December. The topic: ‘Applying the Bible to all of life.’ Join us if you can.

Understanding the Scriptures evening classes are Biblefresh events. Biblefresh is a movement of organizations, churches and individuals seeking to encourage and inspire the UK to a greater confidence and appetite for the word of God.

Isn’t it ironic? Biblefresh evening class 9 November

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

On November 9th, our Understanding the Scriptures evening class will address the question, ‘Does the Bible mean what it says?’ We will consider the role of irony and metaphor in the Scriptures.

This is the ninth in our series of Understanding the Scriptures  classes. The classes have been seeking to equip people from local churches to read and understand the Bible more. Classes have looked at Bible overviews, the history of the Bible, different ways the Bible is read around the world, and how to get to grips with different parts of the Bible.

This class will be taught by Margaret Sim. Margaret has been involved with Bible translation in Ethiopia and has taught translation topics. She is still involved in consulting for translations in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Join us, at 7.30 on November 9th at The Wycliffe Centre near High Wycombe, for this challenging and interesting class. You can find out more about the evening classes, book in advance for classes or listen to previous classes at wycliffe.org.uk/eveningclasses.

biblefresh logoUnderstanding the Scriptures classes are Biblefresh events. Biblefresh is a movement of churches, agencies, colleges and festivals seeking to encourage and inspire churches across the UK to a greater confidence and appetite for the word of God.

The meaning of a Bible passage – resources online

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

As part of Biblefresh*, Wycliffe Bible Translators have been holding monthly evening classes to equip people in local churches to get more out of the Bible. But sometimes we have conflicting opinions on Bible passages: how do we know the ‘real’ meaning of a passage?

On October 12, Barrie Evans spoke about how we can understand the meaning of a text. Providing a brief and easy-to-understand introduction to ‘hermeneutics’, Barrie took us through examples – both historical and current – of getting into the heart of the meaning of a text.

You can listen to or download ‘How to understand the meaning of a passage’ as a podcast below. Or you can listen on our website, and watch the slideshow as you go.

More information on our Understanding the Scriptures Evening Class series can be found on our website.

biblefresh logo*Biblefresh: a movement of churches, agencies, colleges and festivals seeking to encourage and inspire churches across the UK to a greater confidence and appetite for the word of God.

Worth debating

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

It’s time for Sunday lunch, and Jerry is having a comfortable chat with his friend Bill. The conversation switches from how the children are getting on at school to what today’s sermon was like. Bill has strong opinions; he can’t believe Pastor Peter would say what he said. He’s sure he read a verse somewhere that said the opposite! But Jerry read that recently too, and he thinks Pastor Peter has understood the verse correctly. Who’s right?

Like Jerry and Bill, we all want to diligently understand what the Bible’s saying, but often get conflicting meanings from different people. How do we understand the meaning of a passage?

Barrie Evans has worked as a Bible translator and a translation consultant in Africa, and has often had to delve into this very question. Next week, Barrie will be giving an introduction to hermeneutics, a scary word, but it will help Jerry, Bill and Pastor Peter to work out how they can understand the meaning of a Bible passage.

How to understand the meaning of a passage: Principles of Hermeneutics will be on Wednesday 12 October. It’s part of our series of Understanding the Scriptures Biblefresh* evening classes. You are very welcome to join us: find out more and register online for a discount at wycliffe.org.uk/eveningclasses.

biblefresh logo*Biblefresh: a movement of churches, agencies, colleges and festivals seeking to encourage and inspire churches across the UK to a greater confidence and appetite for the word of God.

Reading the Bible with the World

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

On September 14th, we hosted the seventh Understanding the Scriptures Biblefresh* evening class. Eddie Arthur, director of Wycliffe Bible Translators in the UK, shared gleaned insights about how differently the Bible is read around the world.

As we listened, we were surprised by how many assumptions we make about how the Bible is read. Eddie touched on questions like,

  • How much difference does it make to hear the Bible instead of reading it?
  • How is our reading of the Bible impacted by the massive-and-growing church in the global south?
  • How does living in a highly divided or a pluralistic society impact Scriptural understanding?

And scattered throughout these thought-provoking ideas were stories both humorous and touching. You can download the talk through iTunes, or listen along with the powerpoint on our website, at wycliffe.org.uk/eveningclasses.

And if you enjoyed this, you’ll love next month’s too: ‘How to understand the meaning of a passage’ will be on Wednesday 12 October. See you there!

biblefresh logo*Biblefresh: a movement of churches, agencies, colleges and festivals seeking to encourage and inspire churches across the UK to a greater confidence and appetite for the word of God.

Evening Classes: Back for More

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

September: a time for fresh starts. You’re back from holiday, the kids are back to school and the slightly worrying grey clouds are back overhead. But fear not – we also welcome back Understanding the Scriptures evening classes.

Perhaps you’ve missed out on the classes up to now, or maybe June seems so long ago that you’ve completely forgotten them. To jog your memory, here’s what people have been saying about them so far:

“It was well researched, very well thought out. There’s plenty of content. They are well presented and accessible to just about anyone”

“The variety of topics and the scholarship of speakers have been excellent”

“The speakers obviously love their subjects”

“I enjoyed it enormously”

September also sees the return of Eddie Arthur, the Director of Wycliffe Bible Translators, as our speaker. Last time he spoke, here’s how people responded:

“An interesting speaker, easy to listen to and understand, sprinkled with jokes and stories”

“Clear, concise, understandable at all levels”

Eddie’s talk will be on How do other cultures read the Bible? Insights from the worldwide church. If you want to hear Eddie’s previous talk, you can find that – and all the others – on the resources page of our website.

Classes start again on Wednesday 14 September at the Wycliffe Centre, near High Wycombe. Come along, bring a friend, and sign up in advance for a discount: more information on our website, at wycliffe.org.uk/eveningclasses.

Understanding the Scriptures evening classes are a Biblefresh initiative. Biblefresh is a movement of churches, organisations and individuals seeking to encourage and inspire churches across the UK to a greater confidence and appetite for the word of God as part of this year’s celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the KJV. .

Evening Classes are on the way

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

It’s just one month now until Understanding the Scriptures evening classes return. The series started in January and has been providing quick introductions to big theological topics, like hermeneutics or the reliability of the Bible.

Each class is taught by someone involved with Wycliffe Bible Translators, so they have experience of working intimately with the Bible. Their experiences from around the world often provide a new and interesting insight that you may not have considered before.

If you want to get a taster before classes begin again on Wednesday 14 September, we have the audio and presentations from all the classes so far available on our website. You can also find out more about the speakers and how to sign up.

In the next class, we’ll be considering how other cultures read the Bible and what insights we can get from the worldwide church. Sign up now.

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Understanding the Scriptures evening classes are a Biblefresh initiative. Biblefresh is a movement of churches, organisations and individuals seeking to encourage and inspire churches across the UK to a greater confidence and appetite for the word of God.

Photo: Søren Kjeldgaard (http://www.sorenkjeldgaard.com)

Divine Dualities and Summer Holidays

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

June 15 saw the sixth instalment of our Understanding the Scriptures Biblefresh* evening classes, in which Pam-Bendor-Samuel spoke about the dualities that we find in Scripture, in her talk entitled ‘Divine Dualities: Holding the Balance’.

Evening Classes take a summer break

The talk challenged us to consider the aspects of God and ourselves that the Bible shows as contrasts — like how faith and fear are often so close, and that we have a God who never changes but who brings change. You can now listen to or download this talk as a podcast here. Or you can listen on our website, and watch the slide show as you go.

Understanding the Scriptures classes are now taking a break for the summer, sunning themselves on a beach somewhere. So now is a great time to catch up on any you may have missed so far. You can find all the talks to date, along with much more information about Understanding the Scriptures Evening Class series, on our website.

biblefresh logo*Biblefresh: a movement of churches, agencies, colleges and festivals seeking to encourage and inspire churches across the UK to a greater confidence and appetite for the word of God.