Week Beginning Sunday, 3/13

John 1-4


  • Read John 1-4

Consider these questions as you read:

  1. In traditional translations, John’s Gospel begins with a majestic statement about Jesus and his mission (1.1-18). Did anything strike you differently as you read it in this version?
  2. Did anything stand out to you in the narratives about John the Baptizer (passages featuring him include 1.6, 15, 19-39; 3.22-30; and the very beginning of chapter 4)?
  3. Which of these familiar stories seemed to capture your attention more in this reading: Jesus’ interaction with Nicodemus (3.1-21) or Jesus’ interaction with the woman at the well (4.1-42)? Why do you think that is?
  • If you’re able, please respond with your thoughts by Saturday, 3/19, using the “Leave a Reply” box below. You may give your thoughts on the above questions or just thoughts of your own. What do you think?

Week Beginning Sunday, 3/6

Matthew 22-28


  • Read Matthew 22-28

I (Nancy) find it helpful when reading Cotton Patch to imagine myself sitting in a late 1950s rural, South Georgia church — or around a campfire in that region and time — as Clarence Jordan translates from the Greek, giving localized handles for the scandalous Gospel text. How did these variations sound in that context to hearers — most of whom, likely, had limited education and hadn’t traveled beyond a 100-mile radius of their community?

As you close the book of Matthew, here are some things to mull.

These last 7 chapters are filled with region– or era-specific versions of the original text.

  1. Do any of these variations fall flat for you? Resonate? Why do you suppose that’s true?
  2. Do you have any guesses about why Clarence may have used that image? (As always, there are no wrong answers.)
  3. What (if anything) stands out for you from this version about Jesus’ trial, execution and resurrection?
  • If you’re able, please respond with your thoughts by Saturday, 3/12, using the “Leave a Reply” box below. You may give your thoughts on the above questions or just thoughts of your own. What do you think?