Based on the book: Speaking Christian, Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power – and How They Can Be Restored
Author: Marcus Borg
Location: At the United Church of Cookeville
Sunday mornings, February 23 – April 6, 9:30-10:45
About the study: Modern Christians are steeped in a language so distorted that it has become a stumbling block to the religion. The words of the faith have been narrowed to a faith that emphasizes sin, forgiveness, Jesus dying for our sins, and the afterlife.
“Borg cracks open the encrusted words of faith and pops them into fresh language that people can understand and trust.” The Beatitudes Society
Borg teaches us how to read, hear, and digest our Christian language without preconceived notions getting in the way.
The dates for the study and readings are:
February 23…..Chapters 1,2…..Pages 5-34 (Heaven and Hell framework, Literalism)
March 2…..Chapters 3,4…..Pages 35-64 (Salvation language, the Bible)
March 9……Chapters 5,6,7…..Pages 65-96 (God, God’s character, Jesus)
March 16…..Chapters 8,9,10…..Pages 97-124 (Death of Jesus, Easter, Believing and Faith)
March 23…..Chapters 11,12,13,14…..Pages 125-160 (Mercy, Righteousness, Sin, Forgiveness and Repentance)
March 30…..Chapters 15,16,17,18…..Pages 161-188 (John 3:16, Born again, The Only Way, the Ascension, Pentecost)
April 6…..Chapters 20,21,22…..Pages 189-216 (The Rapture and Second Coming, Heaven, Creeds and the Trinity)
(Chapters in bold will be emphasized in the study.)
This is a community event and open to all. Child care will be available.
Rev. Gene Skipworth will lead the study.