Adult Bible School at Desert Palms

Desert Palms Presbyterian Church is having an Adult Bible School from June 5 through 8 at 5 p.m. each evening. The event features a meal each night and the Key speaker is Rev. Dr. Judy Yates Siker who will speak on “A New Look at Some Old Stories,” exploring some of the men and women who appear in–and disappear from–the books of the New Testament. We will also be collecting food and a drive for school uniforms for the Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank.

The four evenings including meals will be a total of $38 and reservations can be made at Desert Palms Presbyterian Church, 13459 W. Stardust Blvd., Sun City West, 623-584-4602.

Dr. Judy Yates Siker teaches New Testament and Christian Origins at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, California. Her current classes also include Psychology, Spirituality, and Transformation and Rethinking Women in the New Testament. Dr. Siker has publications geared both to the academy and the church. Her most recent publication, Who Is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes, is the 2016-2017 Bible Study for Presbyterian Women across the US. She is married to Dr. Jeffrey Siker who also teaches at LMU and they have five children and three grandchildren.

Following is the outline of our week with Judy: A New Look at Some Old Stories

Our Bible is a living text and we are invited to enter with fresh eyes and an open mind to hear God’s word for us today.  In this week-long course, we will explore some of the men and women who appear in—and disappear from—the books of the New Testament. We will use some familiar and some not-so-familiar lenses to explore fresh understandings of age old stories.

Monday, June 5:  we begin by revisiting a determined mother and a sometimes difficult to recognize Jesus in Matthew’s intriguing story of the Canaanite woman seeking help for her daughter. This little story in Matthew 15:21-28 often leaves us wondering-about Jesus, about the woman, and about the disciples. What will a new look at this old story reveal?

Tuesday, June 6: On Tuesday, we move from a nameless Canaanite woman to the well-known sisters, Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42).  Yes, the Mary and Martha story! Before you think you have fully comprehended that old story, come tonight and try on a new lens. We might be surprised at what we find.

Wednesday, June 7: It’s time to move out of the Gospels and into the Book of Acts. Here we reconsider the story of Cornelius, the first Gentile convert to Christianity. Who was this man? What role does Peter play in this story? What can this story teach us about boundaries and belonging?

Thursday, June 8:  On our last night together we will consider a story that appears (or does it?) in all four gospels.  As we read this story in all four Gospels we learn that Jesus was anointed by a woman and…  Join us as we give careful consideration to how we read these stories. It’s time to examine our own lenses and consider the question Luke raises, “Do you see this woman?”


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