Online Bible Study

Do you long to follow the Spirit’s call to a stronger relationship to Christ Jesus? Do you hunger for the caring companionship of others who are devoted to following God’s will for love and justice?

John hosts a weekly online Bible study that we think will inspire you. 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. Central Time 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, respecting both the divine and human nature of Scripture, learning from the traditions of God’s church, and prayerfully discerning God’s Word for our time. It is our belief that Christians are to use their Bibles to be effective ambassadors of God’s love for all people, and so to contribute to the healing of the world.

Taking advantage of the Zoom format we have been blessed to have many of the world’s foremost Bible scholars join us from time to time to enrich our conversation and challenge us to go deeper in our faith and understanding.

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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