It is hard to believe summer is drawing to an end, school is starting back for many and we return to some of our regular programs here at Cann. I came across an article the other day on Christian Century, on American Christian’s biblical literacy. The article noted that, “a 2007 Kelton Research survey revealed that people know more about what goes into a Big Mac than they do about the Bible; they can name members of the Brady Bunch better than they can name the Ten Commandments. Twelve percent of adults think that Noah’s wife was Joan of Ark, and about half don’t know that the book of Isaiah is in the Old Testament.”
After reading this article, it brought memories as a child attending my church’s Wednesday night programming where we memorized the books of the Bible as well as select verses and Sundays in Sunday School where my friends and I would race to see who could open our Bible to the correct passage. (Yes, your Pastor was a nerdy church girl even at a young age! J) Though when I began seminary, I realized how shallow the depth of my biblical knowledge was. I spent most of my education becoming acquainted with various texts, themes, characters, historical significance an order of the 66 books of the Bible. Presbyterian candidates for ministry are even required to take a multiple choice exam on the Bible before ordination (Take a shot with some questions below).
I believe it is our call as Christians to know what we believe, why we believe it and where do our beliefs come from, which includes knowing the Bible, scriptures we hold in high regard. With that in mind, this month I am beginning a sermon series in September called, “Little Known People of the Bible, with Big Time Stories of Faith.” My hope is to shed some light on a few characters of the Bible, allowing us to become more familiar with stories in our faith tradition. So join us for worship, to learn about some rebellious midwives, a man and his talking donkey, a woman judge, an excessive king, and a brave prostitute. You can also improve your biblical literacy by coming to the Brown Bag Bible Studies, Thursdays at Noon or to our Sunday School at 10:00am on Sunday mornings!
PCUSA Bible Content Exam Questions:
1. In Which book is the following benediction: "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace."
a. Genesis, b. Exodus, c. Leviticus, d. Numbers
2. Which of the following familiar phrases is NOT taken from the Bible?
a. "Doctor, cure yourself!" b. "Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown."
c. "Relax, eat, drink, be merry." d. "To thine own self be true."
3. What is Paul's situation at the end of the book of Acts?
a.He is in jail in Corinth. b. He is on his way to Spain.
c. He is on trial for his life. d. He is under house arrest in Rome.
4. According to Genesis 1, on the fifth day God created:
a.the great sea monster and birds, b. the tree of life,
c. human beings, d. the sun and the moon
Answers: 1. D, 2. D (see Mk 6:4 Lk 4:23, Lk: 12:9), 3. D, 4. A