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  • Short Stories by JesusShort Stories by Jesus : the enigmatic parables of a controversial rabbi

    Levine, Amy-Jill.

    6 Sessions/ The renowned biblical scholar, author of The Misunderstood Jew, and general editor for The Jewish Annotated New Testament interweaves history and spiritual analysis to explore Jesus' most popular teaching parables, exposing their misinterpretations and making them lively and relevant for modern readers. Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus' stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives. In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus' narratives. In Short Stories by Jesus, she analyzes these "problems with parables," taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. Levine reveals the parables' connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us -- and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.

  • Simon PeterSimon Peter : flawed but faithful disciple

    Hamilton, Adam.

    6 Sessions/ He was not rich or educated, but was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impetuous, but possessed a passion that would change the world. He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggled with doubt and fear. Join pastor and author Adam Hamilton in this six-week journey, and take an in-depth dive into the life, faith, and character of Simon Peter.

  • Entering the Passion of JesusEntering the Passion of Jesus : a beginner's guide to holy week

    Levine, Amy-Jill.

    6 Sessions/ In Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story. She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions for the reader, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience.

  • VBS - Maker Fun Factory (2017)VBS - Maker Fun Factory (2017) : Created by God, Built for a Purpose

    Your Maker Fun Factory Ultimate Plus Digital Starter Kit is packed with everything you need to get started on a VBS experience where kids discover they’re lovingly crafted by God. 5 Sessions: 1) God made you: God lovingly creates people (Psalm 139; Gen 1:26-2:4); 2) God is for you: Rahab believes in God's mighty power (Joshua 1-2); 3) God is always with you: God is with Gideon (Judges 6:11-7:25); 4) God will always love you: Jesus dies and comes back to life (Luke 22:66-24:12); and 5) God made you for a reason: Abigail brings peace (1 Samuel 25).

  • Made for a MiracleMade for a Miracle : from your ordinary to god's extraordinary

    Slaughter, Mike.

    6 Sessions/ At some time in our lives, most of us have prayed for or hoped for a miracle--an event that seems impossible but is brought about by God's transcendent power. But when miracles occur, did you know that you have a role to play? f that's true, what's the catch? What do we have to do? What's it going to cost us? Popular author and pastor Mike Slaughter examines the two components of every miracle: divine action and human responsibility. For a real miracle to take place, we must act with God, using whatever gifts, talents, and abilities we have and directing them toward God's work. We need to follow the examples of Mary in the birth of Jesus, Jesus' followers when he healed them, and Jesus' disciples after he rose from the dead.

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