The Bible is the Bible of the Church.
The goal of this assignment is to help you draw connections between the disciplines of biblical studies and other, specifically churchly Christian practices — between the Bible we have been learning in class and the Bible as it lives in the worshiping Church.
Before you attend the service, review my article "Evangelicals in the Factory of Scripture" for suggestions on various metaphors that describe the roles the Bible plays in different Christian and evangelical traditions.
After you attend the service, write an analysis of the parts that the Bible plays in a church service you attend (but not a chapel service at school), drawing on course materials as applicable to make your points. What metaphors (such as the ones on my list in the article, or others that occur to you) are most important in this church's worship service?
Please include the printed program of the worship service you attend, so I can follow along. If none is available (or if the program is not descriptive enough), outline it yourself. Don't forget details like the name and denomination of the church, which service you attended, and so on.
Uh-oh! What if the service is biblically thin or the Bible is abused rather than used?
Please keep your paper 3-4 pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.
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