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07.01.2019

Transforming Repentance: Coming Home to God – BACI Lent Studies 2019

BACI’s Lent 2019 Bible Studies will be launched on January 22 in Church House, Dublin.
Transforming Repentance: Coming Home to God – BACI Lent Studies 2019 - BACI’s Lent 2019 Bible Studies will be launched on January 22 in Church House, Dublin.

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 in RB week, where a 10% discount for multiple copies will apply. The studies can also be downloaded from the BACI website <www.bibliahibernica.wordpress.com>