Monday, February 16, 2009

Spiritual Disciplines

I just thought I would open a blog to continue on the discussion from class on Sunday (2/15/09). I really enjoyed the lesson Brad taught and thought there was a lot of good stuff to take away from class. Just open this one up??? Thoughts, concerns, or just any comments?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Reading Scripture

Another topic we discussed this past Sunday: How do we read scripture?

Yeah, you might notice that you missed a lot if you were not in class this past Sunday. I will try to recap real quick for you to bring you up to speed and then back to the blog. Cindi called her mom old. Tom revealed to us that he does in fact have a doctoral degree in Old Testament Scripture with a focus on exegetical writings. Last but not least, I drank a Mountain Dew (it was good).

Back to the blog topic: How do we read Scripture?
A couple discussion points from Sunday or ideas we began to dive in to.
-Does Sripture have different meanings for different people?
-How does the whole "time and context" argument play into how we read Scripture?
-Do we read the Bible and take it literally or is much of it metaphors and figurative
-We can read the same piece of Scripture and find a different meaning each time we read it?
- Obviously, Scripture is cut up and used in pieces to make arguments or sermons or points
in a discussion quite often. Is this right? Can you take a pieces of scripture out to use to
prove beliefs?
-Can Scripture be taken apart for beliefs sake or must we accept the totality of the

Once again, WOW! How cool is it to be a follower of Jesus and to be involved in discussions like this? I love the fact that Christ is alive and not only that but my faith, my beliefs, my Scriptures are alive and can meet me where I am at even though He died on a cross over 2000 years ago and parts of the Bible are even older than that. How cool? How can you not have unexplainable JOY knowing that you can have relationship with this kind of God? Praise the Lord for who he is!

A side note: if you are in class this Sunday and we find any definite answers to these questions, Dr. John C. Bowling from Olivet Nazarene University will be there to provide Honorary Doctoral Degrees of Letters to those who are responsible for such knowledge.

Old Testament

I will try to summarize a bit of the discussion from this past Sunday and open it up to more discussion. We discussed the Old Testament and what it means to us as Christians today.
A couple discussion points from Sunday:(O.T. will stand for Old Testament, I apologize if anyone is offended by my shorthand)
-the O.T. is not really a "Christian" writing?
-the O.T. is more an account of history than anything?
-the O.T. is more a story of the people of the time?
-Does the O.T. relate to Christians after Jesus' life/death/resurrection?
-the O.T. discusses more details of people's lives and the process of their faith?
-what does the O.T. mean for present day follower's of Jesus?

Wow! Is anyone working on a dissertation right now and need some talking points? As always, looking forward to some good discussion and insight.