No-Bible Bible Study


Can’t stand to read another boring book club selection?
Tired of the same old Bible study?
Feed two birds with one crumb by reading an African-American classic that draws on biblical characters and images.

Read James Weldon Johnson’s God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in VerseFull text available here.

It is short, easy-to-read, and provocative.

God’s Trombones includes seven poems based on biblical texts, including the creation and the flood stories. Johnson, who wrote the lyrics to “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” draws on folks sermons and brings the Bible to life in new ways.

You have heard great phrases from God’s Trombones, but you may not have recognized them. “Your arm’s too short to box with God.” Yes, that is from God’s Trombones!

Search for the biblical allusions and quotations used in each poem.
Get a group together around a table and read the poems aloud.
Challenge your youth group to spoken word night and recite your own Bible-based poems.

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