The following studies are in two areas. The first are more academic studies, drawing on data which I have presented at Regent University. The second group are less technical studies which I have presented to the adult Bible class that I lead in my home church, the First Baptist Church of Norfolk.
Many of the studies highlight application for today of truths in Scripture. They are for the purpose of encouraging growth in Christian living. Thus, I have sought to provide a devotional touch in my elucidation of the biblical text. You are free to make whatever use of them that you think helpful.
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- Master Teacher
Thoughts important for both teacher and student in approaching the Bible are given. Originally this was delivered at a Regent faculty seminar.
- A Model for Resourceful Bible Study
Here is a basic approach to inductive Bible study. This is the basis of my most often taught course in the School of Divinity, "Principles of Bible Study I.
- Four Covenants of the Bible
A fundamental approach to understanding the ongoing message of Holy Scripture is to track the main covenants made in what we may call "salvation-history." Most of these are in the Old Testament. Here are two summary statements. The first is more general; the second, somewhat more detailed. This is the basis of my course "Unity of the Bible."
- Chronological Chart of Kings, Prophets, Empires
In order to make sense of the Old Testament historically, it is necessary to have some orientation to the chronology of key figures and events. This kind of chart is helpful.
- Tension in Biblical Theology and Christian Experience
There are often points of tension in Scripture, which ultimately should remind us that there is dialectic or paradox in divine revelation. It is as we recognize this at critical points that our biblical theology is more apt to be balanced.
- New Testament Chronology of 30 Years
Although the New Testament covers basically only one century, to have some detailed orientation to approximate dates of when events happened is very useful. This is especially useful in tracking the Pauline mission.
- The Apostle Paul's Corinthian Visits
Integrating 1 and 2 Corinthians with Paul's contact with that church is a challenge; and Paul actually wrote them four letters, according to the two letters we now have. This chart may help us to put it all together.
Bible Studies Given at My Church