Forty-plus clergy and church leaders from a number of denominations and churches gathered on Sept. 22 in Washington, D.C., for an ACLC Clergy Bible Forum. Archbishop George A. Stallings, Jr. and Dr. Michael Jenkins, National Co-Chairs of ACLC, led the group through a deep investigation of the coming of Jesus, his course and his crucifixion. Archbishop Stallings, using Luke 5: 37-38, told the group of clergy that “we must become new wineskins today to receive the new wine that God is asking us to drink.”
Using biblical principles as the study guide, the Co-Chairs led the group through a number of eye-opening discussions on previously misunderstood or glossed-over passages such as, “For I say unto you, among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” (Luke 7:28). The group was amazed to learn that there might be questions about just how strongly John the Baptist supported Jesus as the Messiah, as well as the fact the Apostles slept during Jesus’s fervent prayer vigil in the Garden of Gethsemane.
“This is the most penetrating Bible investigation I have encountered. Challenging. Fascinating. I hope we do another one soon,” said one prominent Bishop, an opinion echoed in conversation with a number of guests.
Submitted by Rev. Henri Schauffler, ACLC-MD