Welcome to the weekend! Each week, we like to offer a few quick highlights from our week that we think will give you something worthwhile to think about over the weekend. Enjoy this week’s Weekender and add to it in the comments below!
Quote Worth Repeating: “The word ‘Eucharist’ means literally ‘act of thanksgiving.’ To celebrate the Eucharist and to live a Eucharistic life has everything to do with gratitude.” In With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life by Henri J. M. Nouwen.
Image to Interpret: “Road to Emmaus” by Duccio (which is also the cover art for With Burning Hearts).
Interesting Insight: In The Bible in American Life (Oxford University Press, 2017: review forthcoming), Goff, Farnsley, and Thuesen note that 48% of Americans read Scripture (outside of a worship service) at least once per year. 9% of Americans (approximately 28,926,000 people) read the Bible daily. I’ve only read the introduction, but I am almost certain that this book is one every pastor should own, even if only to know what questions to ask about your specific congregation.
Here’s another freebie. The King James Version is still the most popular translation read in America.
Questions to Ponder: How do you set learning objectives when teaching theology? For example, when considering an introductory Bible study for new Christians, what guides the kinds of things you hope they’ll know by the end? Do you do mostly intellectual learning objectives, or is there room for practical objectives? Do you find a specific catechism or method of catechesis especially helpful?
Thanks for reading. Enjoy your weekend!