This week we’re celebrating about three weeks of stuff… and the fact that I don’t need to do this show anymore.
This week I’m talking through my thought process on how podcasting has changed since I started in 2006. It’s kind of a prep for the panel I’ll be sitting on at DragonCon this month.Continue Reading …
Simone from JAM CIty posted her 5th grade badge with some great comments about my ministry efforts.Continue Reading …
My daughter made my day today by believing in me. This episode we’re celebrating the following moments that made my day: My son did his English paper correctly, Having to get rid of a Facebook friend because of the Suggested Friends that were being presented, Had a good friend respond very well to the news that we were coming to visit, Guest-hosting on It’s Just Us podcast, Singing “Sail” with the kids and wife, I dropped my son J into a trashcan to retrieve my keys, Guest hosted the Westside of Mars podcast, Got an email from a depressed teen that I really related to, My family enjoyed the Valentine’s stuff I got for them, I wrote out the story of how my wife and I met, I found Microsoft Office CD’s I’d been missing for months, Read the first chapter edits from my editor Lauren.
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Okay, so it’s Valentine’s Day so I’ll do this:
I wasn’t even supposed to have gone to the event. The people I was going with left me but my sister and her friends gave me a ride. I’m sitting with them at McDonalds wearing a light blue Fernandina Beach fishing cap with the front flipped up and I see this girl. My first thought, “That is the cutest girl I have ever seen.” Not fine (they say “hot” now)… cute. Cute as all get out. Like the standard of what cute is measured by. A strong cuteness. It was better than “fine” it was real. I had to talk to her.
I never would have except that she was in line to get food and happened to be with a friend of mine. I went up and started talking to Shannon, or whatever her name was, and soon enough I had met Jennifer.Continue Reading …
Today I am going to perform an exercise I learned from a class called Exegetical Studies. Exegesis is a fancy, scary word that means to find the meaning in a passage or portion of a text, especially the Bible.
The exercise does not in anyway full encompase the proper exegeting of scripture, but it is a good start. My professor, Pastor, and hero Dr. George W. Westlake introduced me to the concept he called “Look at Your Fish!” taken from a story by Samuel H. Scudder, and American entomologist who studdied under zoologist Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (read the short article here). In a nutshell Professor Agassiz forces his students to make observations about a fish in a jar, for days and days.
My Professor Westlake urged us to start our studies by making observations about the text itself. Not based on other supporting scripture. Not personal experience, but really digging in and writing out every single detail that the verse communicated with no outside influence.
It was the first step in a process that resulted in a greater understanding of how to study and pull the truest meaning from Biblical scripture. I hope you enjoy my little experiment and will give it a shot on one of your favorite verse… and just when you think you’re done… “Look at your fish!”
For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.
Psalm 33:4-5 NIV
Here we go:
Now try it with your favorite verse or better yet a verse you are unfamiliar with. Pull as many truths from the text as possible. See what “Looking at the Fish” can do for your bible study.
Read the next entry in this series on studying the Bible: A Text Without A Context is a Pretext
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 NIV
These are words spoken by Jesus to the famous Samaritan Woman at the Well. Jesus was more or less on the run from the Pharisees on his way back to Galilee. Jesus and his Disciples traveled through Samaria and through the city of Sychar. Jesus, tired from his journey has a seat near the well at around noon.
Jesus was alone. His disciples had gone to get food. A Samaritan woman came to get some water, at noon. This is apparently not the time women get their water. She was an outcast. Not only because she was Samaritan and the Jews considered Samaritans half-breeds, idol worshipers and false-Jews. She was an outcast even among her own people. Jesus later tells her why. Because she has been with five husbands and is living with a man who is not her husband at all. I love that Jesus, though acknowledges her sin, seems to be thrilled that she told the truth about it. “You are right when you say you have no husband,” he says, and ends with, “What you have said is quite true.”Continue Reading …
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh,from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8 (NIV)
The first part of Galatians 6:7 sounds so hard and mighty. I can’t read it without hearing a thundering preacher in my head. “GOD CANNOT BE MOCKED!” Then the voice trails off with threats about how God will destroy us all or something just as horrible. Out of context this seems like a lie. God can be mocked. So I had to address this issue first, for my own sake if anything.Continue Reading …