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08/07/2012

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Libby

Can someone provide me with a list of the Hospitality words and where to find them and also how do they work within lesson 3? We purchased the DVD for help and leading, but this DVD is becoming more diffcult to use as it does not provide leadership for the group of the leaders.

Nancy Benson-Nicol

Hi Lori, Thank you for your message, and I'm sorry for your disappointment. My specific instructions from the Bible Study Selection committee (which is responsible for selecting focal texts) were to explore any or all of 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, and Jude. Their list did not include James. My guess is because among the General Epistles, James is more well-known than the others, and I think the committee wanted to explore the less-familiar letters. That is just my guess. I hope you'll enjoy the exploration of the rest of these letters, however...

Nancy Benson-Nicol

Hi Lois,

Thank you for your message, and I'm sorry for your disappointment. My specific instructions from the Bible Study Selection committee (which is responsible for selecting focal texts) were to explore any or all of 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, and Jude. Their list did not include James. My guess is because among the General Epistles, James is more well-known than the others, and I think the committee wanted to explore the less-familiar letters. That is just my guess. I hope you'll enjoy the exploration of the rest of these letters, however...

Lori Scarlatos

I'm disappointed that you didn't include James, one of my favorite books and usually regarded as one of the general epistles.

Why did you decide to omit this book?

Viola Larson

Thank you for your answer Nancy. I can only conclude that the Horizon's editors asked you to use it.

Nancy Benson-Nicol

Hi Viola,

Thank you for your message! Short answer: because it was requested of me. Personally, my favorite English language translations are the NRSV and the new Common English Bible. Blessings to you and your circles!

Nancy Benson-Nicol

Hi Cathy,

So good to see you here! What a lovely time I had with you and all at the Mo-Ranch gathering. Thank you for your kind words. Blessings to you and your circles!

Nancy Benson-Nicol

Hi Marie,

Thanks for your message! The inspiring story you mention is not mine, but Magdalena Garcia's (who wrote the "Suggestions for Leaders" portion of the study). I have many points of personal resonance with the material, but not of exile (a bit more my personal connections will appear in the next blog post on "Fatherhood"). Blessings to you and your circles!

Nancy Benson-Nicol

Dear Sally,

Thank you for your commitment to equipping others to teach! The DVD serves best, I feel, as preparation for leaders and others in reading the scriptures, instead of as a "how-to" for teaching (though the method used could serve itself as the substance of one's study, too...). I commend Magdalena's great work in the "Suggestions for Leaders," or the "Workshop for Leaders" resource available for download/distribution from the Horizons Bible Study website, or even the "Making the Most of the Artwork" resource by Joyce MacKichan Walker (also on the website). Blessings to you and your circles!

Nancy Benson-Nicol

Hi Barbara,

Thank you so much for your kind words, and blessings to you and your circles!

Nancy Benson-Nicol

Hi Diane and Cornie,

Thanks for your posts! I'm sorry, but I have not received any updates on when Horizons will make those "webisodes" available. Hopefully, they will appear soon...Blessings to you!

Diane R. Sheppard

Nancy, I have the same problem that Cornie Caldwell of Charlotte has (see the second comment above): I cannot find the online video. Perhaps you can send me a copy of the answer to this copy when you send it to Cornie Caldwell.

Thank you for all your help.
Diane R. Sheppard at betad@tds.net
Pres. Church of Williston, S. C.

Barbara White

What a wonderful study we are embarking on! You have provided us with every conceivable resource to make this as user-friendly as possible. The message promises to be meaningful in so many ways, and the opportunity to blog with our sisters in Christ on this topic will add so much to our experience. Thank you!

Cornie Pleasants

I am excited about this study!!! On page 15 of the study book there is reference to a "free web-exclusive
video".. I can not find this on the web site. I had hoped to use it as an introduction for the first meeting. We are at Caldwell Church in Charlotte.
Can you help me find it?

Sally Roberts

Nancy - I have a question: as a former, now retired professor, I see what you are doing with the DVD. But, with our group we, each of us taking one lesson, are used to taking each lesson and "teaching" it as it is printed in the Study Book. Because it is getting harder and harder for some of the members to "do" a lesson I thought perhaps using the DVD would be a help. Instead, while I love your comments on the DVD, it has instead added to the lesson! Help!
Sally

Marie S. Jones

Hello Nancy,
As one of my Circle's Bible Moderators at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in
Raleigh, NC, I'm impressed how your childhood in Castro's Cuba qualifies you to under-
stand how first century Christians felt as "aliens" in a strange land. I will offer my Circle members copies of your piece, "An Overview of the General Epistles" in the July/August issue of Horizons magazine.

Please tell me at what age you and your family were able to leave Cuba and what that
meant to your future. I'm excited about our study of the General Epistles this year!
In shared faith,
Marie S. Jones

Cathy Shoop

To introduce you and the study to our circle, I will read your above dispatch. Thank you for all you are doing, Nancy, to help us learn to be a community that listens and has conversation.
I guess those of us at Mo were your last stop before heading home? It was a pleasure to meet you and your mom and aunt.
Peace,
Cathy

Viola Larson

Why are you using the translation Priests for Equality, The Inclusive Bible: The First Egalitarian Translation (Government Institutes, 2007? The notes in the translation in many cases are heretical. For example on Cain and Abel it is suggested that this story grew out of a time when humanity moved from worshiping a goddess to worshiping a male god. The idea is that one sacrifice was from the field (goddess) while the other was an animal (male) this is not biblical. If you do not want to answer here my e-mail is v.larson@att.net

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