We have bible study every Tuesday at 10:30 and here is what we do. Someone makes coffee and someone brings treats. On a typical day we read what will be the lectionary readings for the next Sunday and then we read a study tool called Synthesis CE. Synthesis CE has maybe a five or ten minute interpretation of the readings. It then has a series of questions that we address. They are higher level questions that are in many ways open ended and are very good at promoting discussion. We usually have a group of six or seven of us and I really enjoy it. We are a mix of ELCA Lutherans and Episcopalians. There is a lot of free thinking that goes on at these bible studies and I guess what I like best is that nobody tells us what to think. That's the Episcopalian in me.
I had to go to Osceola this afternoon and as I was entering the square I saw a guy holding up a wooden cross. He was wearing a ski mask and heavy coat because it was really cold and the wind was hitting about thirty miles an hour. A cardboard sign was anchored to the back of his vehicle that read repent. As I watched him I wondered if anyone was repenting because of him. Then I thought, "repenting from what."
In our study today we talked about John the Baptist and how his baptizing focused on repentance. I wonder if John the Baptist would be like that guy if he was alive today. I don't know.