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March 28, 2019

Psalm 51: Background, Consequences of Sin, and Mercy

In this study of the great penitential psalm, we review the account of David, Bathsheba, and Uriah. We spend a great deal of time discussing sin, its progression, and its consequences both eternal and temporal and our sometimes distorted view of sin and punishment.  We then launch into the first few verses of the psalm itself with topics such as God's graciousness and its potential abuse through presumption, dealing with both sin and its causes, and our being aware of our sins.


September 13, 2018

Rev 19:1-8 - The Bride Has Made Herself Ready

Tonight's study started with the background of the pictured destruction of Rome and the harlot upon the beast that set the stage for Revelation 19.  We briefly discuss the word "Hallelujah" and its evolution into "Alleluia".  We spend some time examining the idea of eternal punishment and what the earliest Church believed about it.  We conclude with an exploration of the bride making herself ready.


May 31, 2018

Psalm 95: Rejoice Before God our Maker and Listen to His Voice

Tonight's study covers most of Psalm 95 including its place in the Divine Office, its context, and its abrupt shift of mood.  We examine the novelty of the view of God as creator of all nature and review the historical background in Exodus and Numbers.  We touch upon the idea of God forgiving sins and at that same time exacting punishment.  Finally, we begin an examination of the use of this psalm in the Book of Hebrews.


June 8, 2017

James 1:21-22: Interior Transformation

Our study of James continues with a discussion of the implanted word and interior transformation.  We also respond to a question about judgment, punishment, and proper reception of the Eucharist.


May 11, 2017

James 1:12-18: Overcoming, sin & consequences, first fruits, and rebirth

We continue through the Letter of James discussing overcoming sin at its root and the progression from sinfulness to sin to death contrasting the path to death with the path to life.  We digress a bit onto the subject of first fruits and conclude with an exploration of the literal meaning of our rebirth.


March 9, 2017

Foundations of Bible Study: Distorted Relationships - Job, the Disciplined Man Who Did the Right Things

We continue our study of the Book of Job and shift our focus from the shortcomings of the friends to the shortcomings of Job and identify the dysfunction in Job's relationship with God.  We then start the speech of Elihu and explore how his approach is different from both Job and the friends.


March 2, 2017

Foundations of Bible Study: Distorted Relationships - Job, the Disciplined Man Who Did the Right Things

We continue our study of the Book of Job to see Job's continued bewilderment at God and the friends' highly defensive and violent reaction when Job challenges their view of God and religion with reality.


February 23, 2017

Foundations of Bible Study: Distorted Relationships - Job, the Disciplined Man Who Did the Right Things

We continue the study of the Book of Job focusing on the friends' rigid religion and Job's bewilderment at God's actions.  We discuss the problem of spiritual dishonesty and the danger of not letting reality challenge our understanding of God.


February 2, 2017

Foundations of Bible Study: Distorted Relationships - Cornelius the Good Man

In this study, we examine the account of Cornelius the Centurion to see how our human goodness is not a proper foundation for our relationship with God.


January 19, 2017

Foundations of Bible Study: Distorted Relationships - Jonah the Patriot; Purgatory; Prayer

The first half of this study concludes our discussion of the Biblical basis of Purgatory.  The second half answers a question about prayer and then continues our exploration of the book of Jonah.


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