Monday, June 27, 2011

Whitemarsh church's 'Bible Challenge' gives readers something to talk about

From Philadelphia-

It may be the best-selling book of all time, but its battles, bloodletting, and "begats," its many laws, rituals, and tribes, and those chewy names like Oholiab and Eliphelehu and "Joshbekashah son of Heman" don't make for easy reading.

Yet when the rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Whitemarsh invited his congregants in January to join him in reading the Bible cover to cover in a year, the response surprised him.

"It's taken on a life of its own," the Rev. Marek Zabriskie said last week.

More than 150 of his 1,300 congregants, and 85 others, have turned his "Bible Challenge" into a far-flung community of readers, Zabriskie said. The project has also taught him new ways to conceive of "church" in the electronic age.

Connected at first by e-mail, recently by Facebook, and soon by Twitter, folks as far away as Mali, some of whom "never darken the door of a church," have joined in reading the Good Book and sharing their responses.

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