For the summer of 2020, our Trinity Reads selection will be the biblical book of Amos. Please join us in reading this classic prophetic book.
Why Amos? Two summers ago we read the Gospel of Mark together, and it was a great way for us all to dive into the scriptures. This summer, as we emerge gradually from our COVID isolation and find ourselves in a world on fire with cries for justice, it seems appropriate to go to one of the classic prophetic words from God to a people struggling with injustice and idolatry. It might seem counterintuitive to turn to the roar of God’s righteousness in a time when we feel like we need comfort and relief, but our conviction at Trinity is that the judgment of God is safer than the kindness of any idolatry.
Dr. Denton has invited Trinity parent and Old Testament professor Brent Strawn to join him for a series of short conversations and communications each week to help us as we make our way through this book. Dr. Strawn writes, “Amos is one of my top five favorite books, and I recently accepted a contract to write a commentary on the book for a series devoted to justice matters. In my view, Amos is so crucial, as it is really the quintessential biblical statement of the judgment of God. We can’t have a functioning biblical lexicon without working through that issue.”
Reading the prophets with young children is an interesting challenge. We will talk more about this in coming weeks, but here is a short doodle from the Bible Project that might be a good introduction for children (and their parents, too). Let's all join in reading along, one chapter per week. Families may want to read this book together out loud.
Every summer Trinity embarks on a community reading program called Trinity Reads.
It’s not summer.
But it is a time to read. Together. As a Trinity community. Won’t you join us?
COVID-19 has disrupted our lives in so many ways, narrowed and shrunk our worlds, and limited our options: We’ll all be staying home more in the days ahead. So here is a way to get out without risking infection, to expand our horizons without breaking any bans, and to travel far without leaving home. Indeed,
To take us Lands away;
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry...
– Emily Dickinson
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapters 4 & 5
- Chapters 6 & 7
- Chapters 8 & 9
- Chapters 10 & 11
- Chapters 12 & 13
- Chapters 14 & 15
- Chapters 16 & 17
- Chapters 18 & 19
- Chapters 20 & 21
- Chapter 22
- Chapter 23
Thursday, March 26
Chapter 1: “Playing Pilgrims” (10 pages in my edition)
Each of the sisters is different, and the first chapter is a masterful introduction of these four March sisters. Our author, Louisa May Alcott, parades them all four (usually in birth order) across the stage over and over through their conversation and actions, painting vivid pictures of each one of them. Here are some questions for reflection—if you’re really ambitious, you might make a chart of the four sisters:
What does each girl want to purchase with her money?
What is particularly hard in each girl’s life?
What is each one’s Christmas idea?
What does each one look like?
Recap of Chapter 1:
What did you learn about the four sisters in Chapter 1?