When Bible Study Was Banned…

When Bible Study Was Banned...

There is a place in Nicaragua where Bible study was banned.

Solentiname is a remote archipelago of 38 islands in Nicaragua where peasants would gather with their priest every week and instead of a sermon, they would talk about the gospel reading.

In this small community, some of the elderly residents couldn’t read, so typically a young boy or girl would read the passage aloud and the group would discuss it verse by verse.

The residents were poor. Most of them lived in straw houses scattered about the islands. The peasants did not have theological training, but their priest recognized that their thoughts were often more profound than the scholars. After all, the word “gospel” means “good news” – and these people living at the margins of society recognized good news from Jesus when they heard it.

At some point, the priest recognized that others should hear what these peasants had to say about the gospel texts, so he compiled their thoughts into a book. And during the Somoza dictatorship, the book was banned. A flyer was sent to customs officials at the border checkpoints, forbidding people from bringing it into the country. It was deemed dangerously subversive. Jesus was dangerously subversive.

Who knows what might happen in Bible study? When people gather to study and talk and experience Jesus, hearts and lives can be changed. Powerful things can happen in Bible study!

Next week, Faith Lutheran launches 4 opportunities for Bible study and spiritual formation. I hope you try one out for the fall!

In Christ

Pastor Jen

Difficult Words of Jesus – Monday Evenings

6 Week class discussing some of the challenging words spoken by Jesus

Mondays at 7:00PM

Online on Zoom

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89386445305?pwd=bzhFOWRaMlozbUgrVUFocVZHbERvdz09

Meeting ID: 893 8644 5305

Passcode: 965901

Tuesday Morning Bible Study

Beginning with an in-depth study of 1 Peter

Tuesdays at 10:00 AM

Online and In-person at church

Difficult Words of Jesus – Wednesday Afternoons

Same class as on Monday evenings but on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM

Online on Zoom

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86864311499?pwd=d2x6dDNvQlBzbUh2VDNXeHZXYkp3dz09

Meeting ID: 868 6431 1499

Passcode: 850130

Meditation Group – Saturday Mornings

Saturdays at 9:30 AM

Weekly gathering on line to listen to God through meditative practices

Online on Zoom

https://lafargeholcim.zoom.us/j/6252055519 Meeting ID: 625 205 5519