Monday, November 26, 2018

Adv-Christm--any Cheat Sheet: Bible Project Video Learning for Advent 4

Can you feel it?  Christmas is almost here.  But also not quite yet.  We have rewound from our last Luke lesson and you will almost certainly hear the Magnificat this week.  My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and so on.  In one of the Luke lessons today it mentions that creedal-ly famous description of the Spirit of God coming upon Mary.  Biblically - how is the Spirit mentioned, and the understanding of it developed?

In the entire three-year lectionary cycle most folks only hear from Micah three times (Episcopal lectionary had an additional Micah lesson). A mix of dire warning and turns toward hope, the later were of particular interest to the earliest Christians.  Discover why.

There are people who dwell so much with scripture that the characters are almost friends or neighbors.  There are also people who struggle to connect with characters who are usually not fleshed out nor what one might expect if you think holiness is sugarcoated.  Learn more about character development (in the narrative) from a biblical mindset.

Lastly, we come to the opening chapters of Luke.  All of which are structured to borrow authority from the ancients to tell about the birth of a new day, and to illustrate how this new day comes from within the pious roots of ancient Judaism.  Spoiler alert: no force sensitive mitochondria.

There are always three good questions for your lifelong learning in the way of Jesus. Perhaps you want to journal or comment on your responses.

What leaped out at you?
What do you want to know more about?
How does God speak to your life in these summaries?

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