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Engage the Bible

Open Scripture. Join the Conversation.

Engage the Bible is a Book of Faith Initiative of the North Carolina Synod.

In an effort to immerse people in the stories of the Bible; the stories of our faith, the synod offers opportunities for engagement with Scriptures.

Take a look at these opportunities and jump right in!

Comments or Questions?

Contact Catherine Fink

Director of Communications & Resources

Engage the Bible is a Book of Faith Initiative of the North Carolina Synod.

In an effort to immerse people in the stories of the Bible; the stories of our faith, the synod offers opportunities for engagement with Scriptures.

Take a look at these opportunities and jump right in!

Comments or Questions?

Contact Catherine Fink
Director of Communications and Resources

Send an Email

The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me…The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me…—Martin Luther

Dialogues on Race—3 Ways to Join!

Dialogues on Race is a synod-wide Bible study for fall, 2021. Offered as a partnership project of the synod's Engage the Bible Task Group and the synod's Racial Justice Network, there are three ways to participate.

Congregation Group

Your congregational group is invited to do this study together sometime this fall. The first 18 groups to sign up will get up to 10 student books and 1 leader guide FREE! Set your own schedule and gather safely—in person or virtually. The already-established trust of your group will be a bonus as you experience this course together!

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Join via the RJN

Individuals may choose to participate through the Racial Justice Network (RJN). Classes begin on Thursday, September 16, and will be offered at noon and 7 p.m. weekly via Zoom for eight weeks. The cost to join is $25 and as part of the Network, you will:

  • have access to the class recordings to watch again anytime
  • have access to other class participants for sharing, commenting, etc.

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Join via Zoom

Individuals may choose to join the course via Zoom apart from the Racial Justice Network. Classes begin on Thursday, September 16, and will be offered at noon and 7 p.m. weekly for eight weeks. Because the course is designed to build community through dialogue, we recommend you attend at the same time each week. There is no fee to join this way. *Registration closes September 25.

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Dialogues on Race

Aug 16, 2021 | News
Engage the Bible Task Force and the Racial Justice Network are partnering to sponsor "Dialogues on Race," a synod-wide adult faith formation study this fall.

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Summer Bible Reading Plans

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2021: 3 Preachy Prophets
2020: Moments with Matthew

2019: Summer of Psalms
2018: Remarkable Mark
2017: Reformers Reading Romans
2016: Lutherans Learning Luke

2021 Summer Bible Reading Plan

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Our synod has enjoyed reading books of the Bible together during Engage the Bible's Summer Reading Plan. During Summer, 2021, we read “3 Preachy Prophets: Amos Joel, & Hosea.” We began reading together on Sunday, July 4. 

Hosea, Joel, & Amos

Reading #0 | Jul 4, 2021

Hosea, Joel, and Amos, the first three of the so-called “Minor Prophets,” are imposing works full of judgment and terror.

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Bad News to Good News

Reading #1 | Jul 5, 2021

This first chapter of Hosea is a bit rough. Using Luther’s imagery, there is a lot of straw in this manger before we get to Jesus.

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Judgment or Redemption?

Reading #2 | Jul 6, 2021

I could feel my teeth clenching and my stomach churning, as the words of the LORD through Hosea were offering condemnation to Israel, represented as a woman—an unfaithful woman—and not just unfaithful, but a whore! Talk about misogynistic, I thought and felt.

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Restoration from Rebellion

Reading #3 | Jul 7, 2021

How many of us are filled with romantic notions of love, such as love at first sight, love overriding all logic, going with your heart and not your head?

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And It Shall Be Like People, Like Priest

Reading #4 | Jul 8, 2021

The historical distance between the prophet Hosea and Nietzsche, about 2,800 years, highlights that their observations are both accurate and relevant to religious people of any time and at any place.

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Sounding the Alarm

Reading #5 | Jul 9, 2021

“Blow the horn in Raleigh, sound the trumpet in Richmond, or Austin, or Columbus, or New York.”

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Like Spring Rains that Water the Earth

Reading #6 | Jul 10, 2021

Seems that every year lately, in late spring and summer, TV weather forecasters are telling us about drought conditions. This year seems no different.

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What’s Your Default Response?

Reading #7 | Jul 11, 2021

We are commonly told that although we cannot control our circumstances, we do have control over how we choose to respond to those circumstances, even under great stress.

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Hosea, the Prophet of Doom with a Cool Name

Reading #8 | Jul 12, 2021

This Hosea is a real downer!

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Ecologies of Mercy

Reading #9 | Jul 13, 2021

Wow, Hosea is preachy here—and this chapter is the second part of a two-chapter screed against Israel (called Ephraim in this chapter) and its embrace of corruption.

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Fallow or Fertile Ground?

Reading #10 | Jul 14, 2021

There is much judgment and condemnation in Hosea 10—not the easiest text to read and ponder.

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A Love that Never Quits

Reading #11 | Jul 15, 2021

Hosea 11 paints a vivid picture of God locked in a mighty struggle to love God’s chosen people, and to love us.

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God’s Unassailable Oneness

Reading #12 | Jul 16, 2021

Reading Hosea 12, I was struck by the gloom and doom nature of this study.

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This Is the Thanks I Get!

Reading #13 | Jul 17, 2021

In Hosea 13, God takes on the role of a parent chiding naughty children.

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Flourishing Gardens, Blossoming Vines, and Unfaithful Spouses

Reading #14 | Jul 18, 2021

So much of Hosea relies on the metaphor of faithless spouses who can’t help themselves from being faithless.

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Return to the Source

Reading #15 | Jul 19, 2021

Joel is tantalizingly sparse on specifics

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Dreams and Visions

Reading #16 | Jul 20, 2021

Sometimes the Holy Spirit comes in supernatural, dramatic ways as on Pentecost…

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In that Day…

Reading #17 | Jul 21, 2021

The late prophetess, Rachel Held Evans, talks at length about how the Bible is full of contradictions.

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A Shepherd, Not a Prophet

Reading #18 | Jul 22, 2021

God needs a shepherd, not a prophet.

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Judgment Time—Part 2

Reading #19 | Jul 23, 2021

Amos 2 continues the judgment against the nations that was first introduced in the previous chapter.

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Israel Gets a Time Out

Reading #20 | Jul 24, 2021

When I first began reading Amos Chapter 3, I immediately thought about a disappointed parent justifying how and why they are going to punish their favorite child.

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I Am Because You Are

Reading #21 | Jul 25, 2021

At the beginning of this chapter, one finds a poetic recount of a nation feasting comfortably on profits exploited from their most vulnerable citizens.

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A Wellspring of Justice

Reading #22 | Jul 26, 2021

God does not want empty words or rituals; God wants God’s people to draw near to God, to “hate evil and love what is good and establish justice.”

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Created for Service

Reading #23 | Jul 27, 2021

We have spent a few weeks listening to prophets bring a word from the Lord about the ways God’s people regularly fail.

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Common Prophet

Reading #24 | Jul 28, 2021

I admire Amos. He knows who he is: “I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees” (v 14).

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Be Silent

Reading #25 | Jul 29, 2021

God advocates mightily for the poor, oppressed, and marginalized who cannot amplify their own voices in the book of Amos.

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The Inescapable God

Reading #26 | Jul 30, 2021

Amos has been bringing the heat with his words from the Lord, and in this final vision of the Lord standing beside the altar, the heat is inescapable.

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3 Preachy Prophets: Conclusion

Reading #27 | Jul 31, 2021

Let’s acknowledge the elephant in the room. You have just finished a study of three incredibly challenging and uncomfortable prophetic texts.

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"Tell It!" Video Contest

This annual contest for youth groups of the synod encourages creativity and digging into the Word. Choose a Bible story and then, "Tell It!" The pandemic altered plans for the 2021 contest. We look forward to offering "Tell It!" again in 2022.

2020 "Tell It!" Winners

First-place winner: Macedonia, Burlington "Jesus Walks on Water" (watch it above!)
Second-place winner: Good Shepherd, Elizabeth City "The Story of the Fiery Furnace"
Third-place winner: Christ, Charlotte "The Parable of the Sower"

A Story for All Ages

Prepared by the synod's Engage the Bible Task Group to help congregational Christian education committees evaluate their programs. It provides a framework based on age-appropriate benchmarks for Bible stories and biblical concepts and can be an effective tool in fine-tuning your Christian education.

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