Classes in a unique way
These are classes you've heard of, but presented in a memorable way.
Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith
The relation between Christianity and Judaism is one of the most misunderstood relationships in the history of thought. Christianity is often considered to be diametrically opposed to Judaism, yet Christianity was originally a development within Judaism, a sect, so to speak. The earliest Christians were Jewish followers of a Jewish leader and conceived of themselves as faithful Jews.
This course will introduce participants to the Jewish background of the New Testament: the geography of Israel, the Jewish customs and feasts, the people groups, cultures, literature and institutions at the time of Jesus and His followers. We will also focus on God’s plan for atonement from the Old Testament to the New.
At the end of the course we will examine what the New Testament says about God’s promises to the Jewish people and land of Israel. This trip entails a 10 day trip to Israel aid in teaching these elements to the students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.