Lenten Studies

Lent 2015: Same Sex Issues and the Bible

BACI’s study for 2015 deals with one of the major issues which has been causing division within the Anglican Communion and within the Church of Ireland. The issue is the one of same-sex relations and the Bible.

As in the previous four studies, the study consists of five weeks.

Week 1. The Teaching of Jesus.
Week 2. Leviticus – the prohibitions of Chapters 18 and 20
Week 3. Genesis 1 and 2 – Implications from the Creation narratives
Week 4. Romans 1.18- 32 – Paul’s teaching on unnatural and depraved sexual activity
Week 5. 1 Cor.6.9-11. & Acts 10–11. Sin lists, condemnation and redemption

The authors this year were Rev. Dr. William Olhausen, Rev. Dr. Ginnie Kennerley, and Rev. David Compton.

The Study is available for free download in PDF. We offer two color versions, with A4 (sized for printing as A5) and A3 covers, as well as ones with a black and white cover, also A4 and A3.

Lent 2014: Church and Culture

The 2014 offering is on “Church and Culture.” The full study in three formats, two electronic and one in print. Like the previous three BACI Lent studies, it comprises five weeks of readings from both testaments, with introductions, notes, and discussion questions. It has been specifically designed to promote thoughtful discussion at parish level of Christian attitudes to our surrounding culture, whatever our specific tradition within the Church of Ireland family (or, indeed, the Anglican and Christian communities worldwide). The weeks for 2014 are as follows:

1. AFFIRMATION AND CELEBRATION (Psalm 104:1,5-27; 1 Timothy 4:1-6)

2. DEFINITION AND SEPARATION (1 Samuel 8; Acts 11:1–18; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

3. UNDERSTANDING AND COMPASSION (Ezekiel 34; Matthew 9:35-10:7; Luke 15:11-32)

4. FAITHFULNESS AND SERVICE (Daniel 1; Mark 10:35-45)

5. LIFESTYLE AND PROCLAMATION (Isaiah 2:1-4; Acts 2:42-47; 17:16-34 Colossians 3:12-17)

A sample cover with introduction can be downloaded here.

The complete study can be downloaded here in A4 size and in A5 size.

As announced on the home page, the 2014 study will be formally launched both in Dublin and Belfast, and all interested are most welcome to attend either launch. The Dublin launch is on 16th January in Christ Church Cathedral, and the Belfast launch is on the 20th January in Belfast Cathedral.


9 thoughts on “Lenten Studies”

  1. joe miller said:

    I have 2 questions and a comment.

    Would it be okay for a United Methodist Pastor in Texas to use this study provided by the Church of Ireland? I am of Irish descent if that helps. (Sorry… American humor)

    I love the content and context. If anyone needs to study what the Bible says about Economic Justice, it is us Americans.

    Finally… when will it be available?

    Rev. Dr. Joe Miller,Jr

  2. YES– several of us in the USA are eagerly awaiting the post for your Lent 2013 study! Echoing my Methodist Colleague Rev. Dr. Joe Miller, Jr., above: When will it be posted?

    I’ll keep checking back. Thank you and blessings!

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