As I mentioned a few posts back, I’m working through a particular Bible-reading programme, the ‘Bible in 90 Days’. Yeah, it’s a challenge! I’m probably a week behind where I’m supposed to be, but I’m still getting through large chunks at a time. It’s nice.
Just a few days ago I finished the Pentateuch, those first 5 books of the Old Testament – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. To say the least, we don’t normally run to this territory for much devotional reading, at least outside Genesis.
But let’s also be honest – This portion of Scripture is very hard to come by, to understand, both in how it played out then and how it is to play out today. Continue reading
Yesterday, I returned from my trip out to be with our ministry friends and to teach at Hope College in Lusaka, Zambia. I tried to explain to the Zambians and Zimbabweans that I would be more blessed than be a blessing. I only hope they understand the truth of that statement. This is a wonderful time for Africa, and other developing areas of the world, to help us move forward into the purposes of God for the 21st century. I only hope we can receive in the west.
If interested, I am posting my teaching notes here. These notes are an introduction to Genesis, hermeneutics and biblical themes beginning in Genesis.
PDF document: Genesis & Bible Themes
I am currently reading a book which I am greatly appreciating. It’s entitled God’s Word in Human Words: An Evangelical Appropriation of Critical Biblical Scholarship. The book is a 400-pager given to us by author Kenton Sparks, professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University.
Maybe the title is not the most drawing of titles for a book. But I have appreciated interacting with the thoughts a well-studied PhD professor who desires both to maintain a belief in the God-breathed and authoritative nature of Scripture while also faithfully engaging in the world of historical-biblical criticism. And I would say this is also my own aspiration, at least to some degree. Would I agree with every approach of Sparks? No. Still, I find it a very solid evangelical work, similarly in the vein of Peter Enns’ Inspiration and Incarnation. Such a combined goal of maintaining a faith-filled focus and scholarly effort is not easy. But, from what I have read thus far, being about half-way through, Sparks has done well. Continue reading
Here is a little excerpt about understanding the Old Testament. These are supposedly the ponderings of an 8th grader (about 13 or 14 years old).
Maybe we could learn a bit about understanding Scripture.
[Side note: ANE stands for ancient near east.]
A few week’s back, we held our Inspired Day2 teaching sessions at Cornerstone. In Day1, we looked at an intro to the Old Testament and at the Pentateuch. For Day2, we moved on to the historical books of the Old Testament, mainly Joshua to Esther.
Here are the 4 teaching sessions led by Mike Orsmund, lecturer in Old Testament and Hermeneutics at Trinity School of Theology in Rugby, England. Continue reading