“Bag Lunch and Bible” will debut on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in El Dorado Hills.
This weekly study will be a unique opportunity to join in the study of biblical texts as a trained pastor does his personal study. Unlike many other studies, this is a window on the interpretation and application of Scripture that is basic research. It is not a polished product, but is open to questions and insights of the participants. It will feature close attention to the text.
The inaugural study will be Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. This letter, written just 25 years after the death of Jesus and the events of Easter, is especially fascinating because it tackles questions raised by people in the congregation at Corinth. Corinth was a large and wealthy city in Greece, and its location guaranteed that it would be a crossroads of the world. Like our own time, the world of Corinth was global, pluralistic and spiritual. At first sight some of the questions asked seem a bit quaint. What should we do about food offered to idols? That’s not exactly a burning issue for us! Unless we think about how we fit into a world with different values and practices.
Ronald M. Rentner, pastor of St. Stephen’s, will invite participants into his own personal study. He holds graduate degrees from St. Louis University and Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis. His ministry has spanned 39 years, and included parishes, mission service in Guatemala, advocacy at a state legislature and coordination of disaster response. He is a published medieval historian.
These study sessions will be limited to the first dozen participants, to keep the feel of a seminar. Interested people should call the church at (916) 933-1441 to make a reservation without cost. Participants are invited to bring a lunch for the 1 ½ hour sessions at noon each Wednesday, beginning Jan.19. The church is located at 1001 Olson Lane (corner of El Dorado Hills Boulevard), El Dorado Hills. Participants do not need to be members of the congregation, and the rules are that all questions are welcomed.