We are currently, and have for some time in our church, using the Explore the Bible series. This quarter is Luke. I would appreciate other opinions on the following points. First of all, let me say, I think the study guides bring out some very good points. However, the following two points sometimes make me wonder. 1. It seems that the basis of how material is divided week to week is not the amount that has to be absorbed, but getting through a book or section in a given amount of time. To get through the book of Luke in one quarter for example, one Sunday chapters 19-23 were covered. There are many parables, lessons to be learned in life, and what the Lord did that are vital to study. It is impossible to go over that much material in one Sunday School hour unless it is raced through, which is a waste of the teacher's and student's time. These things are too important to be skimmed over. The basis of dividing material should be in the amount of time it takes to learn, not getting through a book in a given span of time. 2. As a result of the first paragraph, there is always a focal passage. In other words, the author knows it is too much material, so they focus the learning on one parable that, in their opinion, is the most important of the collection. The problem I have with this is that every word in the Bible is important, and next, who is deciding what is the most important? What are they basing that decision on? If I have a Sunday with two parables, or more, and say one is the rich man and Lazarus, and the other is the talents, how does one decide which is going to be taught? The point is all should be taught. Why is it we create an entire series of Sunday School books based on rushing through the material in a given amount of time? Are we in some type of reading contest? What is so important about a deadline when many lessons in life are skipped, especially in a book like Luke? I would appreciate any comments. To me, every bit of the Bible needs to be taught with time to do it. There is no purpose in artifical deadlines and skipping Scripture.