Wednesday Weekly – June 24, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Devotional

By Pastor Sarah Winter

“We do not just read the Bible. The Bible reads us. The Bible is “living and active,” and we should expect to be changed. We should expect the Bible to do something and to make a difference both in readers and in their communities. As we read the living word, the living God confronts us and calls us to new life in the kingdom of God.”

    This is a statement from A Resource Paper: The Covenant Church and the Bible, published in 2008.  It upholds the high view of Scripture in the Church while placing emphasis on the transformative power of the Word, calling upon all of us to allow Holy Spirit to move us in new ways.  Scripture is intended to be studied in community and inform our conversations so that each believer can share interpretations through their unique lens of life and through intentional listening we can move forward together with deeper faith and understanding.  While holding true to our Affirmations of the centrality of the word of God and conscious dependance on the Holy Spirit, we are also called towards deeper discernment of the meaning of the Word and how it intersects and influences our personal lives and those of our brothers and sisters.

    In this time of racial reconciliation, when theological and moral questions are present all around us, it is our obligation as disciples of Christ to read Scripture with fresh eyes, reinterpreting it from our suburban white context to that of our black community that has been fighting systemic racism and injustices for over a hundred years.  Or that of our Latnix community which faces segregation and the threat of deportations that rip families apart.  Or our Native American community that feels oppression and dehumanization having been forced off of their land and their sacred traditions and culture stripped away.

    In this season, we must let the Bible read us, confront us and call us to a new life in the kingdom of God. 

We, as a Pastoral Staff, have put together a list of books, movies and podcasts that we encourage our Community to read as we open our eyes and ears to narratives other than our own.  We have each committed to engaging in one resource a month as we continue to evolve our views and deepen our faith and encourage you to do the same.   Most importantly, we pray that these resources and a fresh reading of Scripture stimulate conversation, even if what arises from the readings or discussions is uncomfortable.   It is in these moments of discomfort that there is possibility of renewal and growth as the Holy Spirit acts within us.


Recommended Reading for Further Growth

Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores by Dominique Gilliard
Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness, and Justice by Dr. Brenda Salter-McNeil
Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tis-by
Many Colors – Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church by Soong-Chen Rah
In Search of Wisdom – Faith Formation in the Clack ChurchbyAnne E. Streaty-Wimberly & Evelyn Parker
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up by Kathy Khang
Re-discipling the White Church: From Cheap Diversity to True Solidarity by David Swanson

Recommended Watching for Further Growth

Just Mercy (Amazon Video)
13th (Netflix, YouTube)
When They See Us (Netflix)
I Am Not Your Negro (Amazon Video)
LA 92 (Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube)
If Beal Street Could Talk (Amazon Video, HULU)
Uncomfortable Truth (Amazon Video)

1619 by The New York Times