Tree on a Hill

A Journey Through God's Word

Starting in Genesis, this online weekly reading program allows you to explore God's Word with the guidance of an outstanding biblical scholar who has a deeply personal Christian faith.

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Genesis/Exodus Week 1

Introduction to Scripture

The only Scriptures Jesus and his earliest followers recognized and appealed to as God’s authoritative word were those Christians would eventually call the Old Testament. Indeed, this goes for Jesus’ detractors as well, virtually all of whom belonged to various branches of Judaism (it was not known as Judaism in Jesus’ time). Full reading and audio »


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Reading Scripture: The Big Picture

An introductory course in Scripture should have as its primary outcome making readers alert to the importance of words and their grammatical relationship with other words set within a composition that tells a story, sings a lyric, makes an argument, or envisions a future with God. The Bible is a sacred text, inspired by God’s Spirit for Christian formation. This belief alone should motivate the most careful study of the biblical text. Full reading and audio »


Selections on New Creation Week 12

Scripture’s Final Voice: “Come Lord Jesus”

The sanctuary flooded as hundreds poured in through the doors. Grief-stricken, fearful, and confused, we held hands or linked arms as we entered in a hush. We crowded way too close together on hard wooden pews, overflowed the balcony, lined the aisles, filled each chair hastily set up. Full reading and audio »


Selections on New Creation Week 11

Creation Care in the New Creation: Colossians 1:11–23

When we think about the “So what?” question that emerges at the end of the Lectio series’ four-year cycle, the focus can so easily shift entirely to us and to our response to the good news of God’s liberating salvation story. This is especially the case when it comes to the enormous and urgent needs related to creation care. Full reading and audio »