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Bible Study Group - September 2005

The group is now in its fourth year and meets in the Music Institute Dunfermline. The dates for the autumn session 2005 are; Monday 12th September, Monday 3rd October, Monday 7th November and Monday 5th December. All at 7.00pm.

The format will change. The first part of each evening will be reserved for studies in St. John’s Gospel, from the viewpoint ‘Why was this Gospel written’? I can’t claim credit for the idea, it came from an article by the Revd. Andrew Ireland in a previous edition of ‘The Arrow’ which suggested a good approach.

The second part of each meeting will be used for ‘Table Talk’, based on a book entitled ‘Preaching to These People’ by Dr Andrew McLellan. It’s a collection of thirty short addresses in seven groups of relevant topics. These are lively articles and so are very appropriate for the lively nature of the group discussions. Some of the titles are, ‘Is God a Computer Virus?, ‘The Tempter is More Clever’, ‘What Kind of Rock?’ and ‘To Be a Critic.’ Copies of the book will be supplied and members can select and introduce their own topic. If you want to say what you think, and are able to laugh at your own mistakes, then this kind of discussion is for you.

Church Without Walls. Know your Church.

Pamphlets on Councils of the Church are being worked on. Over the years I’ve been delighted by questions which have come out in group discussion. This series is designed for background information on the long story of the Church. All the Councils have, for good or ill, left marks on the Church which still affect us today.

First is the Council of Jerusalem c. A.D.49. Its President was James, the Lord’s brother. The next choice, the first Council of Nicaea A.D.325. This time the President was the Emperor Constantine, - some difference. Included, too, will be notes on the 16th Century Council of Trent which was lively and sometimes violent. Bishop fought Bishop and hair is said to have been pulled out of some Episcopal beards. This Council was dominated by a man who wasn’t even there, Martin Luther.

Post war, 1952, the Lund ( Sweden ) Council which planted the Ecumenical Movement and from which our church magazine ‘Life and Work’ takes its title,

The series will include two General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland. One in the late seventeenth century in which Ministers and Elders who were tortured and maimed for their adherence to Presbyterianism (like Ralph Erskine’s father) sat side by side with some who went along with the Episcopal system. The other will be the General Assembly of 2005, significant for, among other things, the number 1234. The covering title for both of these will be ‘Dying and Rising.’ Get to know your Church.

There will be plenty of scope in all of this for you to make your voice heard, we don’t stand on ceremony. There will be a small charge for the pamphlets to cover the cost of printing plus a donation to charity. There will be no charge for the books.

Talking point. ‘Education without religion is tinsell baith to the saul and the bodie.’ (John Knox, 1560). What about religion without education? Lets have your views.

Gordon Aitcheson Tel. 822441

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