It was part of my first venture in New York City. It made the next five or six trips much easier. I purchased a ticket for one of those ‘Hop on Hop off Tour Buses.’ We cruised through Harlem, Central Park, Midtown, Greenwich Village, Soho, Tribecca, Chinatown and Wall Street. I hopped off anytime I wanted (missing a few districts) and hopped on anytime I wanted (to catch the next informative bit of guided info).

It was part of my first venture in San Francisco. Rather than a tour bus, a friend gave me a private tour through the colorful neighborhoods of the city: Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, the Mission, Tenderloin, Castro, Height-Ashbury, the Richmond, the Sunset and Twin Peaks. Today, it’s easier for me to navigate the terrain on my own.

On Tuesday, September 5, I will begin teaching a weekday, luncheon Bible study titled: Hop on Hop off Tour of the Bible. We will meet each Tuesday through November 7 for a ‘bring your own lunch’ hour of learning. We will begin the study a little after 12:00noon and conclude by 12:45ish so that persons may attend on their lunch hour. Like the ‘hop on hop off tours’ of major cities, our goal will be to familiarize you with the overall scope and content of the Bible. You will be able to ‘find your way around’ and ‘understand the terrain and context’ like never before. If you’ve ever wondered how all these books fit together – historically, theologically, etc. – this is the study for you. If you find yourself wishing you knew more about the content of each book (Where is ‘that’ in the Bible?), this is the study for you. If you just want to take a fun ride with some old friends, new friends and strangers, this is the study for you. Bring a friend from the office and enjoy a ‘learning lunch’ together. (Remember, BYOL – bring your own lunch.) And yes, this is ‘hop on and hop off.’ If you have to miss a week, that’s fine. We begin the tour next Tuesday, September 5, in the Fellowship Hall. I’ll see you then and there. Hop on!

— Jim