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Adult Book Study at Wesley UMC Bloomington

As it is the mission of Wesley United Methodist Church, "To Make and Nurture Disciples for Jesus Christ," the Adult Ministries at Wesley seek to prepare, challenge, and inspire women and men to a life of Christian discipleship. Our desire and mission are that every adult becomes a complete and fulfilled disciple of Jesus Christ and that everyone will have a passion for Christian service, whether across the street or around the globe.

Enjoy your studies, and remember that your friends are always welcome! For additional guest registration or information on book purchases, links, and other online material, please get in touch with Kathi Pritts.

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The Difficult Words of Jesus

by Amy-Jill Levine

Upcoming Adult Sunday School Study

"Jesus provided his disciples teachings for how to follow Torah, God’s word; he told them parables to help them discern questions of ethics and of human nature; he offered them beatitudes for comfort and encouragement. But sometimes Jesus spoke words that followers then and now have found difficult.

In The Difficult Words of Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine shows how these difficult teachings would have sounded to the people who first heard them, how have they been understood over time, and how we might interpret them in the context of the Gospel of love and reconciliation."

Join us for this study during Adult Sunday School between services, meeting in the Lounge or on Zoom! Books are available for $10 donation on the Welcome Desk and in the Lounge. Contact Kathi Pritts for more information.

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Inspired

by Rachel Held Evans

Upcoming "Called Good" Study

"In Inspired, Evans explores contradictions and questions from her own experiences with the Bible, including:

If the Bible was supposed to explain the mysteries of life, why does it leave the reader with so many questions? What does it mean to be chosen by God? To what degree did the Holy Spirit guide the preservation of these narratives, and is there something sacred to be uncovered beneath all these human fingerprints? If the Bible has given voice to the oppressed, why is it also used as justification by their oppressors?

Drawing on the best in biblical scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, and even a short screenplay."

We'll be reading this book soon in our Young-Adult Ministry group, "Called Good." Contact Kelsey Ross for more information.

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UnClobber

by Colby Martin

Adult Sunday School Study - Starting June 2!

UnClobber examines six passages from the Bible, each frequently referenced by Christians for prohibition of gay marriage. The deep dives into these passages alternate with author Colby Martin's own story of being fired from an evangelical megachurch when they discovered his stance on homosexuality.

UnClobber (explores) what the Bible says (and does not say) about homosexuality in such a way that challenges some traditional assumptions and interpretations.

Join us for this study during Adult Sunday School between services, meeting in the Lounge or on Zoom! Books are available for $10 donation on the Welcome Desk and in the Lounge. Contact Pastor Sara or Kelsey Ross for more information.