Classes in a unique way
These are classes you've heard of, but presented in a memorable way.
Hebrew is a 3000+ year old language. Yet, most Hebrew teachers make it hard to learn and retain. According to research less than 5% of those who study Hebrew in seminaries / Christian schools retain any of the language. My objective is to change the paradigm and to change the retention rate. Rather than teaching hundreds of paradigms I teach Hebrew through a handful of principles, high frequency vocabulary, and daily reading.
Aleph-Bet Principle; H-Abimelech and SUS principles; Hezekiah Principle (Verb Parsing)
Santa Principle (Ho-Ho-Ho); Joseph Principle; Jonah Principle
Noah & Nimrod Principles; Jericho Principle; Nehemiah Principle
High Frequency Vocab
All my students are required to learn the 300 most utilized words in the Hebrew Bible. I connect the words to already known biblical names, and english derivatives when applicable. The result is that they can pick up the above Hebrew Reader and handle the text, for the less common words are glossed at the bottom of the page.
Reading for Life: The Hamilton System
James Hamiltion in 1829 espoused a new paradigm for learning languages, interlinear daily reading. This practice is now common among linguistic acquisition researchers. By reading interlinearly one can enjoy the text and have the translation at hand, vs spending hours thumbing through a lexicon. This method only works if the student is devoted to reading the target language, and then secondarily the english text. Furthermore, this method only works if the student learns the high frequency words of the target language.
Books I Require
70 Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know
Exegetical Gems from Biblical Hebrew: A Refreshing Guide to Grammar and Interpretation
Hebrew Grammar: Implicit Learning by Elaborative Encoding (COMING 2023)
The Hebrew Old Testament, Reader's Edition
The Torah or the Pentateuch Is the first and potentially most critical section of the Hebrew Old Testament. Though often studied as a late work of fiction, we will consider all five books as intended: the historical covenantal documents and directions for the covenant community.
My aim for this course is for students to read the Torah in the original context and to grasp the fundamentals of each book. Only when the basics are understood in cultural context can we begin to determine how the Torah connects to Christ and the Church. Three crucial topics are covered in my Torah class: Covenant, Patriarchalism, and Theocracy.
Books I Require
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch
The God Who Makes Himself Known: The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus
Against the Gods: The Polemical Theology of the Old Testament
NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture
The Prophets are known as the Nevi'im in Hebrew. As the second section of the Hebrew Old Testament, the Nevi'im is a collection of historical and prophetic texts. Though often studied in two different classes (prophets and historical books) we will learn this section of the Hebrew bible as was intended: the religious-historical history of the nation of Israel.
My aim for this course is for students to read the Nevi'im in the historical order; connecting both the historical books and the prophetic books so as to grasp the message of the prophets. Only when grasped in this manner can we truly begin to discuss how to hermeneutically handle the prophetic books in our churches. A key to accomplishing this connection is the realization that every Prophetic book is the equivalent to a modern impeachment document; thus we must connect the two to see who the prophet is talking about.
Nevi'im in Eras
Prophets of the Pentateuch, Joshua as Prophetic Conquest
The role of the Prophet, The role of the King, The role of the Priest
Samuel – United Monarchy
Jonah – Assyrians, Joel, Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah
Nahum – Babylonians, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Jeremiah
Daniel – Persians, Obadiah, Ezekiel,
Israelite Religion (Post Exile), Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Messiah
New Testament Prophecy / What is prophecy
Books I Require
Of Kings and Prophets: Understanding Your Role in Natural Authority and Spiritual Power
Including the Stranger: Foreigners in the Former Prophets
NKJV Chronological Study Bible
The Writings are known as the Ketuvim in Hebrew. As the third section of the Hebrew Old Testament, the Ketuvim is a collection of poetry, wisdom, history, and short story. Though often studied in two different classes (wisdom and historical) we will learn this section of the Hebrew bible as was intended: the liturgical worship books for the covenant community.
My aim for this course is for students to read the Ketuvim in the original order and in the covenant worship context. Only when grasped in this manner can we truly begin to discuss how to hermeneutically handle the content in our churches. This course covers a crucial background topic of the Jewish Holydays. Not only are the holydays crucial for Old Testament studies, but they aid in seeing the prophetic roles that Jesus fulfills in the New Testament.
Three sections of Ketuvim
The three Poetic Books (Sifrei Emet)
Book of Proverbs מִשְלֵי
Book of Job אִיּוֹב
The Five Megillot (Hamesh Megillot)
Song of Songs שִׁיר הַשִׁירִים (Passover)
Book of Ruth רוּת (Feast of Weeks)
Lamentations איכה (Ninth of Av)
Ecclesiastes קהלת (Feast of Tabernacles)
Book of Esther אֶסְתֵר (Feast of Lots)
Book of Daniel דָּנִיֵּאל
Book of Ezra–Book of Nehemiah עזרא
Chronicles דברי הימים
Books I Require
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
Five Festal Garments: Christian Reflections on the Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther
Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Work
The Complete Jewish Study Bible (Hardcover): Illuminating the Jewishness of God's Word
Truly grasping Scripture is often portrayed and taught as though only the educated can grasp the meaning. To correct this elitist view I introduce hermeneutics students to historical and contemporary interpretive approaches including: Pentecostal, Catholic, African, African-American, Asian, and Latino methods. We'll cover bible translation methods, and introduce students to biblical backgrounds to see the depth of the text. My objective for all hermeneutics students is to read the text and know how to drill the depths of applications!
5 Modules of Hermeneutics
Nature of Hermeneutics
Text of Hermeneutics
History of Hermeneutics
Application of Hermeneutics
Books I Require
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth: Fourth Edition
Scripture and Its Interpretation: A Global, Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible
Intro to Biblical Studies
This course offers an introduction to a variety of topics necessary for the field of biblical studies. It will answer several questions related to: (1) the origin, transmission, and translation of the bible; (2) the historical, cultural, and geographic background of the bible; and (3) several topics or issues in current biblical scholarship. My objective for my students is that they will: 1.Students will develop a thorough awareness of the geography and culture of the biblical world. 2. Students will gain an understanding of the origin, transmission, and translation of the Bible. 3. Students will become familiar with critical issues and approaches to the academic study of the bible.
Books I Require
Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith
I (Still) Believe: Leading Bible Scholars Share Their Stories of Faith and Scholarship
In 1960 Martin Luther King, Jr., told his interviewer on Meet the Press, "it is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning." Sadly in the 21st century the quote remains true. Baylor University found in 2012 that only 12 percent of US congregations qualify as multiethnic (a congregation where no one ethnicity exceeds 80%). In my personal denomination, Southern Baptist, I estimate less than 3% are multi-ethnic of some 50,000 churches.
I am Filipino, Cajun French, Spaniard, English, plus I grew up around the deaf community. Though some family members are Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, or Baptist, we all seem to have the same heart struggle of not feeling like we truly belong wherever we attend. Sadly, as a result of this feeling, subsequent generations are less faithful to a local church congregation. I have learned over time that my family is not the only one to suffer in this way.
I am often told by parishioners that we are separate for stylistic reasons. By contrast, in certain circles, forming multi-ethnic churches seems to be the “current cool” thing to do. However, there should be a biblical foundation for all ecclesiological endeavors. So, is the church mandated to become multi-ethnic? If a church does not diversify, are they disobedient? If multi-ethnicity is a biblical thrust, why is it not espoused or taught at most pastoral training schools or from most pulpits?
Some churches that desire to diversify, have the desire but lack the resources to effectively pursue multi-ethnicity. Reality is that your church may be in an area with virtually no ethnic diversity. Other churches who have a diverse community and desire, are led by wrong motivations. The most common motivation that I have heard is Guilt. This is especially true for many white churches. The argument goes: "Whites have marginalized and oppressed blacks for so long, churches need to make it right by 'reaching out' to different races and ethnicities." If a church were to set aside political reasons, such as the mentioned guilt reason, and current cool trends, one should recognize four major biblical reasons to have ethnic unity in the church.
Reasons for Multi-Ethnic Ministry
Reason 1: It is a picture of the Gospel
Reason 2: It is a picture of Heaven on Earth
Reason 3: It Strengthens the Church
Reason 4: The Gospel to the Third Generation
Methods for Multi-Ethnic Ministry
Step 1: Teach Biblical theology
Step 2: Practice biblical Discipleship
Step 3: Diversify Leadership (preaching especially)
Step 4: Diversify Music
Step 5: Diversify Celebrations
Preaching is both art and science. Where many teach the steps of forming a sermon (the science), I like to begin with the art. As such, preaching is a calling/gifting and begins with the preachers personal walk. As a "science," preaching should be faithful to the text. As an art preaching should captivate the 5 year old and not bore the supreme court judge.
My objective for all who study preaching with me is for them to determine if they are called, then for them allow the Holy Spirit to help them bring the focus of the text to the life of the hearer.
6 Modules of Preaching
The Preacher's Call
The Preacher's Life
The Preacher's Preparation
The Preacher's Invitation
The Preacher's Declaration
The Preacher's Application
Books I Require
Essentials for Biblical Preaching: An Introduction to Basic Sermon Preparation
There are things that every believer should know, and practice. These are not learned in a vacuum but rather in relationship with an older believer like we saw Christ and his disciples. Every believer should have a Paul (an older believer who teaches you), Barnabas (an equal believer you share with) and a Timothy (who you are discipling). In these relationships we encourage one another in private, public and corporate worship.
My objective for my discipleship students is for them to know the story of God, their place in the story and the habits expected of a Christ follower.
6 Modules of Discipleship
Your Private Disciplines
Your Public Disciplines
Your Corporate Disciplines
Your Corporate Responsibility
Books I Require
What Is a Healthy Church Member?
50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Spiritual Giants of the Faith