Living on the EDGE
Lenten Study … The Historical Jesus
Video Presentations by John Dominic Crossan and Friends
Have you ever wondered about the historical context of Jesus’ life, passion, and death? Why was Pilate’s query, “Are you the King of the Jews, (Matthew 27:11)” such a loaded question for both the Roman and Jewish authorities?
The Edge study cohort is inviting members and friends of Church of the Red Rocks to engage in a course designed for individual and group use. Our suggestion is to review the linked material RESOURCE PAGE: The Historical Jesus (trippfuller.com) and see what you think. “Yes!” this is a deep dive into the historical context of Jesus’ life and ministry. And the nine video presentations will take time to watch and then digest. But the time and imaginative energy you expend is well worth the discovering of added depth and meaning for your life and faith!
What do you need to do to join up? After reviewing the course material, click on the donate button. You can decide how much you want to contribute … from $0 to as much as you desire. Once you are signed up a link will be sent to you as a subscription.
Here’s the Edge group’s suggested Lenten schedule:
Prologue Class available any time after February 20 at noon “Jesus’ Theater: Potential Anti-Semitism on Stage and Screen”
Livestream QnA – Tuesday, Feb. 20th (11am PT / 2pm ET)
February 20 – 26 Watch the first Crossan lecture, Jesus’ World: How is Global Peace to be Imagined?
Tuesday, Feb. 27th (11am PT / 2pm ET Livestream QnA – available anytime afterwards
Special Guest – Brian Zahnd (Lead Pastor of Word of Life Church – St. Joseph, MO
February 28 – March 4 Watch the second Crossan lecture, “Jesus’ Vision: How did Tradition Become Traction in Galilee?”
Tuesday, Mar. 5th (11am PT / 2pm ET) Livestream QnA – available anytime afterwards
Special Guest – Brian McLaren (author, speaker, activist, public theologian)
March 5- 11 Watch the third Crossan lecture, “Jesus’ Execution: What Happened That Passover in Jerusalem?”
Tuesday, Mar. 12th (11am PT / 2pm ET) livestream QnA –available anytime afterwards
Special Guest – Dr. Jennifer Garcia Bashaw (professor, minister, author, and public scholar)
March 12-18 Watch Crossan’s fourth lecture, “Jesus’ Vindication: How is that Exaltation to be Imagined?”
Tuesday, Mar. 19th (11am PT / 2pm ET)Livestream QnA – available anytime afterwards
Special Guest – Dr. Diana Bulter Bass (public scholar of religion)
If you decide to sign up, we will gladly welcome you to share in the conversations on zoom Friday mornings (10:15-11:30) with the Edge folks. Yet, if you decide to engage the material as an individual, please let either David Stabenfeldt or Margaret Gramley know of your participation.
Co-Coordinators. David Stabenfeldt and John McDougald.
Current Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/
Meeting ID: 865 8832 4557
EDGE grew out of a Bible study group that formed in the Village of Oak Creek some 20 years ago. The name EDGE was created when the Bible study group decided to change direction and started to read religious related books and discuss them rather than focus strictly on Bible reading. EDGE is an acronym for Ecumenical, Diverse, Gutsy, and Educational. When the group was formed, we had attendees from at least four different churches and that is where the E and D for the first half of EDGE originated. Post-COVID, we decided to meet via Zoom, and a Zoom link is also set up at the church for those who don't have Internet access or just would prefer to be part of this group at the church. Our book selection process is quite relaxed. Individuals are encouraged to suggest books that they have read or know about, members have a couple of weeks to look up those books, and we come together and decide what the next several books will be. The group decides each meeting how much of the book they would like to read for the next session. We take Fridays off that are during holiday weeks.