Gwen M Groff, pastor of Bethany Mennonite Church; Bridgewater Corners, Vt.; is the current writer for the March – May 2009 quarter of Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN)’s Adult Bible Study Online feature. This quarter’s series is entitled “New Creation in Christ”.
MPN’s Adult Bible Study provides a quarterly study of the Bible from an Anabaptist perspective. Lessons are based on the Uniform Series: International Bible Lessons for Christian Teaching created by The National Council of Churches. In addition to weekly lessons, Adult Bible Study offers daily Bible readings and suggested resources for additional study. Due to production and writing schedules, the teaching materials found in Adult Bible Study are prepared many months in advance therefore, MPN also provides the Adult Bible Study Online feature as a free resource providing an update to the printed materials, prepared and posted just prior to the date of the lesson. These columns are designed to help bring current events and Bible study together.
“This assignment from MPN to write a weekly essay connecting the week’s text to current events disciplines me to reflect more broadly on scripture,” writes Groff. “The writers for this quarter’s Adult Bible Study (Leonard Beechy) and its teachers’ guide (Sharon Kraybill) are both insightful interpreters of Scripture, and I enjoy reading each of their perspectives on the week’s text. After reading them I spend time with various news web sites; the New York Times, the BBC, CBC, etc.; looking for stories that might connect with the Scripture lesson. Karl Barth said, ‘We must hold the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.’ I always think that’s a good idea but this assignment requires me to actually do it.”
Teachers and students are encouraged to visit the Mennonite Publishing Network website and benefit from her insights and observations. This service is provided by Mennonite Publishing Network to encourage the study and application of the Scriptures to life today.