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Tuesday morning Bible studies

Held weekly, September through May (except during holiday periods)

  • During Autumn 2016, the group is meeting in the Shiloh Old Site "Annex" at 811 Sophia Street and discussing the book of Micah

Thoughtful interactions with scripture and life

Shiloh Old Site's weekly Bible studies seek to unleash the life-transforming power of God's own Spirit through careful and honest interactions –– both with scripture and with the sometimes hurtful, sometimes painful, sometimes enlightening world in which we live.

These Bible studies offer an opportunity to wrestle with scripture in greater depth and with richer understandings than is sometimes the case. We try to draw on the best in contemporary scholarship, but we also try to link what we find in scripture to a more empowered manner of living in response to the challenges — and opportunities — of our modern world.


Lively discussions, comfortable participation

Sponsored by Shiloh Old Site's Faith & Hope Club, these Bible studies use a format that requires no advance academic preparation or prior study yet facilitates comfortable participation by all, deeper understandings, and lively discussions.

A lesson booklet is provided each week as a starting point for each week's discussion and interaction. Recent samples can downloaded from the left side of this page. What many participants like most is that the format makes it easy for participants to share their own comments and insights as well as questions and struggles. There is also much lively discussion of current events in our families, our community, our nation, and our world.

Mark William Olson, a member of the Faith & Hope Club, prepares each week's materials and leads the discussions. You can send him a quick message by using the form found at lower left.


Recent lessons

The Tuesday group meets in the Shiloh Old Site "Annex," which is located next door at 811 Sophia Street in Fredericksburg. Sessions begin at 11 a.m. and last until approximately 12:30 p.m. The group meets weekly, except during major holidays and the summer months.

During late 2016, the group is discussing the book of Micah.

From late 2014 to early 2016, the Tuesday group explored the deep and often troubling waters of the Gospel according to John. Sample lessons from this study can be found at left.

Normally the Tuesday group explores a single book in depth, respecting the integrity of the book, including those parts of the book that are often overlooked because they initially seem "awkward" or "confusing."

Since it was begun in 1995, the Tuesday Bible studies have tackled such biblical books as Exodus, Leviticus, Ruth, Jeremiah, Amos, Jonah, Habakkuk, Haggai, Zechariah, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, Philippians, James, 1 Peter, Jude, and Revelation, among others. Occasionally a book is reexamined.


You can come regularly or only occasionally

Most of those who attend the Tuesday Bible studies are from our own congregation, but we also have regular participants from other churches and traditions.

Many participants attend regularly. Others come only when they can. Either way works.

All are welcome, and there is no cost to be a part of these groups.



On-line message

You can send a quick on-line message to Mark Olson, who leads the Bible studies, by filling out the following form and then clicking "Submit."


Sample lessons

From our recent study of the Fourth Gospel

You can download any of these sample sessions on the Fourth Gospel. Feel free to read or print the lessons for your personal use. Just click on the recent lesson you want:

For April 19, 2016: "Sing them over again to me…" (John 21:15–25, with related passages from Ezekiel)

For April 12, 2016: "I'm gonna  eat and drink with my Jesus…" (John 21:1–14)

For April 5, 2016: "Come and dine…" (John 21:1–12 with related passages from Ezekiel 40—42)

For March 22, 2016: "With its crystal tide forever…" (John 21:1–7a with related passages from Ezekiel 40—47)

For March 15, 2016: "Through the storm, through the night…" (John 20:27—21:4 with passages from John 6)

For March 8, 2016: "Savior, like a shepherd lead us…" (John 20:21–23 with a related text from Numbers)

For March 1, 2016: "Unrevealed until its season…" (John 20:23–28 with related texts from Numbers and Nehemiah)

For February 23, 2016: "Breathe on me, breath of God…" (John 20:11–22 with related texts from Genesis and Isaiah)

For February 9, 2016: "While the dew is still on the roses…" (John 20:10–18 with related texts from Psalms and Isaiah)

For February 2, 2016: "Awake, O Zion's daughter, awake from sorrow's night…" (John 20:1–10 with related texts from 2 Kings)

For January 19, 2016: "Shackled by a heavy burden…" (John 19:38–42 with related texts from Psalms)

For January 12, 2016: "I love to tell the story of unseen things Above…" (John 19:35–37 with related texts from Psalms, Zechariah, and James)

For December 15, 2015: "And from the ground, there blossoms red…" (John 19:28–34 with related texts from Psalms 51 and 69 and Isaiah 41)

For December 8, 2015: "O Master, let me walk with thee…" (John 19:28–30 with related texts from Psalm 69)

For December 1, 2015: "There the bright and morning star…" (John 19:23–27 with related passages from Ezekiel)

For November 17, 2015: "In the cross of Christ I glory…" (John 19:14b–22 with related passages from Matthew and Ephesians)

For November 10, 2015: "Stony the road…" (John 19:9–14a with related passages from Amos, Isaiah, and Ezekiel)

For November 3, 2015: "Till love embraces all…" (John 19:1-9 with related passages from Psalms and Romans)

For October 27, 2015: "With deeds of love and mercy the heavenly kingdom comes…" (John 18:33-40)

For October 20, 2015: "Rise! shine! for the light is a-coming" (John 18:28-32 with related passages from Isaiah, Zechariah, Revelation, and Deuteronomy)

For October 6, 2015: "Bitter was the night before the break of day…" (John 18:12-27 with a related passage from Genesis)

For September 29, 2015: "O Jesus, I have promised…" (John 18:10-11 with related passages from Colossians and Psalms)

For September 22, 2015: "When the hosts of hell assail…" (John 18:5-9 with related passages from Judges, Romans, and Isaiah)

For September 15, 2015: "One more river to cross…" (John 18:1-4 with related passages from 2 Samuel and the Song of Songs)

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