On Sept. 5, Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire apostolate releases “David the King,” a new study program including video talks by the Los Angeles Archdiocese auxiliary bishop and extensive Bible-study materials.
Here’s the trailer:
Here’s a taste of the first lesson:
Click here for a sample of the Lesson 1 study guide.
In addition to the videos, the study program is structured for seven 90-minute sessions on the Davidic themes of Kingship in the Old Testament and their fulfillment in Christ in the New.
From the Website:
Each section of the study guide provides a detailed commentary on the DVD and “Questions for Understanding” based on the presentation, Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Each section also includes “Questions for Reflection” that help you connect the material to your own life and experience.
Each session includes DVD viewing and small group discussion of Study Guide questions. Participants read the commentary in the study guide and prepare the questions before the small group discussion. This preparation can be accomplished either before or after they view the DVD, as the Commentary in each lesson is very detailed.
There is also free training available for study-group leaders.
The entire “David the King” program is available for pre-order, and those who take advantage will receive it in advance of the Sept. 5 launch date.
And, of course, the first set of “Catholicism: The Pivotal Players” is available, with more episodes in production.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Bishop Barron, and I’m eager to see what his long-term effect will be on the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Here’s something he said to me on the topic, shortly after arriving in L.A. in 2015:
Now that I’m here in this great entertainment capital, which includes the whole world, it’s an important question. One thing I’ve tried to do in my evangelical work is to reach out to TV and to movies and to popular culture, and try to find what the Church Fathers called seeds of worth, the signs and echoes of the Faith that you see in pop culture, and to point those out, so as to lead more positively.
It’s easy enough to say that there are all sorts of negativity within media culture — and there is — but my preferred method is to find the points of contact and to emphasize those.
In a more direct way, you can think of [the training and mentorship program]Act One here in Hollywood, trying to bring Christians into screenwriting. That’s a good thing.
My thing, from an evangelical standpoint, is to look out into popular culture, to find the points of contact and thereby draw people closer.
So that’s been my strategy, kind of an affirmative orthodoxy, if you will. It’s a hopeful way to engage popular culture.
Click here for more on how the bishop found himself in Southern California.
Apparently it was a surprise:
“I was in my room on a lazy Sunday afternoon,” he said. “I had finished Mass, and I was back in my room, watching golf. This phone call comes from the apostolic nuncio, [Archbishop Carlo Maria] Viagano.
“I knew exactly what it meant — that’s the only reason he calls people. I knew it what it meant but I was really surprised by Los Angeles. That was nowhere even vaguely on my radar screen, because the whole bishop thing wasn’t on my radar.
“If someone becomes an auxiliary bishop, first, it’s almost always in your hometown. If someone had mentioned Chicago, that would make more immediate sense. So, I never dreamed of being a bishop in Los Angeles.”
Let’s all keep Bishop Barron and his work in our prayers!
Image: Courtesy Word on Fire
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