Bishop John Shelby Spong ~ June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021
Bishop Spong provided a much needed place for those of us who did not connect with traditional theology. We love you Bishop Spong. You will be missed! Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s, Morristown, NJ and at St. Paul’s, Richmond, VA. Dates and times will be announced as soon as they are available

Reading Between The Lines, Adult Curriculum (Hard Copy)

Reading Between The Lines (previously called Bible Workbench) was created by The Educational Center, a Partner Organization of ours.

This resource may not fully reflect the theology of Progressive Christianity as we understand it, however, we feel that it is a valuable resource for people at different stages in their faith journey.

Reading Between The Lines is a lectionary based life-centered biblical resource designed for small group youth and adult education in church and home, for individual study or as an aid to preachers. One of the texts from the Revised Common Lectionary is chosen each Sunday. The exploration begins with encountering the story found in the biblical text. The focus then shifts to how this story is happening in the world around us. Finally the questions turn toward how the story is an event in the lives of the people in the group. The journey through the text seeks life-giving questions that wait to be lived.

Weekly written materials include:

“Entering the Story” which sets the stage for the weekly text.

“Exploring the Story” is a series of open-ended questions designed to enable users to enter the story in the text, and to make connections to the world around and to their own inward lives.

“Between The Lines” are reflections on the weekly content and text by our Reading Between The Lines contributors.

“Exploring Futher” features poetry and literature, along with timely newspaper and magazine excerpts that resonate and extend the story in the text. It also may contain excerpts of biblical scholars’ works which illuminate the context of each week’s text.
Reading Between the Lines can be subscribed to on an electronic basis (click here to purchase electronic version).

Reading Between the Lines is also available as a combination electronic and hard copy – click here to purchase this option.

Reading Between The Lines is published six times a year, and each issue contains a full session design for the eight or nine Sundays covered including: “Opening Lines (letter from the Editor); “Parting Lines” (items for reflection and inspiration gathered from here and there); a Bibliography of books for study; and an additional feature of such as a sample sermon.

You can download a sample week of Reading Between The Lines,  a sample “Benchmarks” (Letter from the Editor),  a Leader Guide, the Reading Between The Lines Guidelines, and Reading Between The Lines Scripture Index Volumes.

Reading Between The Lines falls under the following topics/ sub-topic categories:

Adult Curriculum

Faith Formation

Bible Study – Group

Bible Study – Individual

Sermon Preparation

Lectionary Text Study

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