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Transforming Repentance: Coming Home to God

BACI Lent studies 2019

Bible studies for Lent 2019 offered by the Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland will be presented by a group of young writers from the RevoLectionary team organised by UCD chaplain Scott Evans. RevoLectionary is a weekly blog written by young Christians, reflecting on the gospel readings for the coming week.

The Lent gospel readings from Luke, which include the parable of the prodigal son, have inspired the title “Transforming Repentance: Coming Home to God”. Repentance, of course, is a key Christian command, but the English word fails to convey the drama of the Greek metanoia, which implies a complete turnaround of a person’s life. Scott Evans explains: “Rather than falling prey to the shallow version of repentance as ‘saying sorry for not being perfect’, we will reflect on repentance as a return to who we are called to be as part of God’s redemptive plan.” The key texts for the studies will be the gospel readings for the first five weeks of Lent.

The Bible Study booklets will be available in January from BACI treasurer Barbara Bergin (berginba@gmail.com) at the usual price of €2.50 or £2.25 plus postage, or at the formal launch in Church House, Rathmines, on Tuesday January 22 at 1pm where a 10% discount for multiple copies will apply. The studies can also be downloaded from the BACI website.

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BACI exists to serve as a ‘bridge’ between clerical and lay, academic and faith–based approaches to the Bible within the Church of Ireland and in conversation with ecumenical partners.

The Honorary Patrons of BACI are their Graces, the Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Reverend Richard Clarke and the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Reverend Michael Jackson.

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