Bay City United Methodist Church

One small group is currently reading and discussing “The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions” by Marcus Born and N.T. Wright.

Here is a little preview of the book:

 Was Jesus born of a virgin?  Did he know he was the Messiah?  Was he bodily resurrected from the dead?  Did he intentionally die to redeem humankind?  Was Jesus God?  Two leading Jesus scholars with widely divergent views go right to the heart of these questions and others, presenting the opposing visions of Jesus that shape our faith today.

Editorial Review: 

The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions is a theological remix of the old Cole Porter song "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off."  In alternating chapters, the (mostly) liberal Marcus J. Borg and the (mostly) conservative N.T. Wright consider the major questions of the historical-Jesus debate that has dominated biblical studies in the 1990s.

Borg and Wright agree that Jesus was the Christian messiah and preached the Kingdom of God, but they disagree about the Virgin birth, the purpose of Jesus' death, the issue of his bodily resurrection, and the question of his divinity.

The Ping-Pong structure of this book and the fastidious politeness with which the authors treat one another sometimes give The Meaning of Jesus a tomato/tomahto, potato/potahto bounciness, but the project is nevertheless worthy: this is a simple, clear orientation to some of the most important biblical questions of our time, and a record of a lively and loving friendship between two of the best Christian scholars alive. --Michael Joseph Gross

Learn and Grow

We offer a variety of ways to help one another grow in faith:  bible studies, small group discussions, and sermon series on spiritual growth.  Here are a few examples:

Celtic spirituality and nature, Caring for creation, Women of the bible, how to read the bible like Jesus, and Understanding Scripture in a Healing Way.

We encourage open-minded inquiry and value contemporary biblical scholarship.