By Stan Dueck
Throughout Jay Leno's career as host of the Tonight Show, he interviewed people in his “Jay Walking” segments. The topics ranged from history to current events and sometimes Bible knowledge. In one segment, Leno asked people how long ago Jesus lived. One person responded 250 years. Another thought it was 250,000,000 years. Interesting and humorous conversations Leno had with “people on the street” shared what they know about the Bible.
Although regarded as a classic of Western civilization, the contents of the Bible are not well known. Christendom marginalized the teachings of Jesus, resulting in ways of reading scripture alien to the earliest church.
This webinar scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26, at 2:30-3:30 p.m. (eastern time), draws on Lloyd Pietersen’s book “Reading the Bible after Christendom.” Pietersen will explore fresh ways of reading the Bible in our contemporary context that resonate with the early church and its rootedness in the teachings of Jesus. His work is regarded highly by leaders such as Phyllis Tickle, Walter Brueggemann, and Stuart Murray Williams.
Lloyd Pietersen, formerly senior lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University of Gloucestershire, England, currently is a research fellow at Bristol Baptist College. For years, he has been a leader with the Anabaptist Network in the UK.
Register and find more information at www.brethren.org/webcasts .
-- Stan Dueck is director of Transforming Practices in the Church of the Brethren Congregational Life Ministries.