Perhaps Luther’s greatest achievement was to make the scriptures
accessible to the laity. What we’ve done with that knowledge well…..
We’ll leave that discussion to another day. I assert, without much
fear of contradiction, that knowledge is better than ignorance. Our
record is mixed when we think for ourselves. It is abysmal when we
let others think for us.
With that in mind I wish to launch a Bible study blog as part of
our New 95 Theses work. It will likely follow what we are discussing
in our Bible study at University UCC. Over the years we have
developed a set of customs and unwritten rules. I will introduce
these “axioms” as we go along. Once readers become familiar with
how our community functions the blog can become more
participatory. It will be open to other submissions based on the
needs of the participants.
I have not seen another site that offers what we intend
to offer here. The justice advocacy aspect of the website is open to
compromise in order to achieve a broader vision. I intend for the blog
to remain true to a specific theological vision. There are many other
forums for Bible study with differing theological visions. If readers
are uncomfortable with our approach there are other options.
The Bible is big. Our time is limited. That makes familiarity and
thorough knowledge a daunting task. Our experience at UC UCC
demonstrates that persistence and engagement with a community
will be rewarded. You will develop a broader and deeper knowledge
and what’s more a confidence in your own interpretations.
I assert that there is an individual right to exegesis. The
scholars know more than we do because they have worked harder.
Nonetheless, our interpretations can be just as valid and our insight
just as informative in some cases. Almost every week in Bible study
a fellow member, who makes no claim to scholarship, makes a
brilliant insight that “lays open” a segment of scripture. In our first
installment you will see what we came up with when we tackled the
parable of the dishonest steward.