Horizons Bible Study: Celebrating Sabbath
We’re back! Join us at Austin Seminary this August for a one-day workshop with Carol M. Bechtel, author of the upcoming Horizons Bible study. Dr. Bechtel will provide an overview of the content and provide insights and tips for leading her study on Sabbath: Accepting God’s Gift of Rest and Delight. Come together with other leaders for a refreshing day of learning and connection. Lunch provided.
More about this year’s study, Celebrating Sabbath: Accepting God’s Gift of Rest and Delight:
In the nine lessons of this Bible study—with passages from Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Isaiah, Matthew, Luke, and Acts—we’ll consider Sabbath
• as a celebration, not a day of dreary formality
• as God’s intent for all of creation that includes busy women, too
• as one day of the week, perhaps a Sunday
• as a time to surrender unhealthy striving and frantic busyness, and instead trust that God will provide
• as a reminder that life is precious and working too much is against God’s plans for our precious lives
• as a day devoted to community and justice and not exclusively to self-care Ultimately, Sabbath reminds us to honor God who honors us by giving us a day each week to reset our pace, our priorities, and our lives.
This workshop is for leaders of the Horizons Bible Study for 2022-23 and anyone interested in this year's study.
Date: Saturday, August 13, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with an hour break for lunch
Cost: $35 per person
Can't attend in person? We also offer an online option at the reduced price of $20, since lunch and snacks are not provided. All attendees, whether in-person or online, will have access to this recording.
Registration is required for those who wish to view this workshop at a later date.
The Rev. Dr. Carol Bechtel is professor of Old Testament at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, where she has taught since 1994. She also serves as the executive director of the American Waldensian Society, an organization that partners with Christians from the Reformed tradition in Italy and South America.
Dr. Bechtel grew up on a farm in Fulton, Illinois. She attended Hope College, Western Theological Seminary, and received her PhD in Old Testament from Yale University. Dr. Bechtel is a General Synod Professor of Theology in the Reformed Church in America and has served as president of the RCA’s General Synod and moderator of its General Synod Council. Her publications include a commentary on Esther for the Interpretation series, and several Bible-study books and curricula, including Above and Beyond: Hearing God’s Call in Jonah and Ruth, the national Horizons Bible Study for the Presbyterian Women in 2007-2008.
Dr. Bechtel lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband, Tom Mullens. They have four children and eight grandchildren. Her hobbies include singing, cooking, gardening, and playing the Celtic harp.