Ever since my early years as a believer I’ve wanted to understand Scripture better. During the M.Div. program at Trinity I couldn’t get enough of the theology or the Bible intro classes. At the end of the M.Div. I felt like much of what I had learned, I really should have learned in Sunday School. Why didn’t we talk more in depth about the Trinity in Sunday School? Why didn’t we open up the book of Genesis the way we did at seminary? I felt like God’s people should have this same access to solid teaching like we got at seminary.[Read more…]
How Can the Creation Account in Genesis 1 be Both History and Literature?
In my posts on Genesis 1 I say that the creation account is history and that it is literature. Is it possible to cross the impassable divide? At first, it seems the obvious answer is no. Historical fiction, after all, even though it’s cast in a real historical setting, is still fiction.[Read more…]
If You Want to Understand the Bible You Need to Understand the Sanctuary
Sometimes reading Scripture can be tough but there are a few skills we can gain that provide a big return on investment in terms of helping us get a feel for how the whole thing fits together. Topping this list of skills is understanding the role of the sanctuary in the plot of the Biblical narrative.
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Forging a Trail Through Scripture: Learning to Read the Bible Better
Last year a few people from our local church in Banská Bystrica asked me to lead a group on how to read and study the Bible. So we started a Bible study club and set out to read the book of Acts together. We learned that the book of Acts works like a story that moves from tension to resolution and that the tension that drives the plot is defined by the programmatic verse in Acts 1:8.[Read more…]