Online Bible Study

John hosts a weekly online Bible study. We call it NIOBS, for Northern Illinois Online Bible Study, though it doesn’t matter where you are in the world–you can join us by writing John at and asking for an invitation and link.

You will want to read recommended selections from the Bible, and access free-of-charge materials to prepare for our hourlong discussions, which are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. each Monday.

We do take breaks for major church holidays and alert everyone on the invitation list about these breaks and the materials to be studied.

This Bible study is intentionally designed to help people take responsibility for their interpretation by using historical-critical tools, learning from the traditions of God’s church, and by prayerful, personal reflection. It is our belief that Christians are to use their Bibles to be effective ambassadors of God’s love, and to so contribute to the healing of the world.

About John

John is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who has served congregations for over 40 years, including in rural, suburban, campus ministry and urban settings. His love of Border Collie sheepdogs has been fortified by his many friendships with shepherds all around the world. Nothing he has ever or will ever accomplish is as significant as the patience God, his wife and his friends have shown in putting up with his deficiencies.
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