Bible studies

  • Mondays at 10:30 am, led by Wayne Becker.
  • Monthly Bible studies on Thursdays at 7:30pm during certain months of the year, led by Pastor Wengert (see “upcoming events” at the bottom of this Learn/Connect tab to see the next month this study will occur)

Which version of the Bible?
There are many different versions of scripture, and each has pros and cons.  Also, some versions are more fitting for a particular scenario.  For example, The King James version sounds poetic to modern ears and might be used well at weddings or in some literary efforts.  Whereas, The Message translates in a playful way and can help get insight for difficult verses.  However, in general, most ELCA congregations suggest using The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), which stays true to the historical translation, but also uses freedom to translate for modern meaning.  The NRSV is an “authorized revision of the Revised Standard Version, published in 1952, which was a revision of the American Standard Version, published in 1901, which, in turn, embodied earlier revisions of the King James Version, published in 1611.” (from the preface of the NRSV by its editor, Dr. Bruce Metzger).  The NRSV stands out among the many translations available today as the Bible translation that is the most widely “authorized” by the churches. It received the endorsement of thirty-three Protestant churches, it received the imprimatur of the American and Canadian Conferences of (Roman) Catholic bishops, and it received the blessing of a leader of the Greek Orthodox Church.