What is the Eye of the Needle?

By Cameron Buettel I haven’t always sat under the teaching ministry of John MacArthur. In fact, earlier parts of my Christian walk have been tarnished by over-exposure to some really bad Bible teachers, and attendance in some very man-centered churches. A lot of my expertise in error comes from first-hand experience.It took longer than I care to admit, but eventually, the reckless handling of Scripture became too hard to ignore. One of the most blatant examples was related to Christ’s interaction with the rich young ruler. Luke 18:22-25 explains the sad end to their conversation. When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich. And Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go … [Read more...]

10-10-10-10-10 Rule for Bible Reading

Here is the YouVersion Bible Reading plans http://www.youversion.com/reading-plans/all There are many and I mean many plans to chose from here.  Don't wait, start now.  It doesn't matter if you only have 1 minute or 2 hours.  Start with something.  I try daily to follow at minimum a 10-10-10-10-10 Rule: Read the bible For 10 minutes, Read a book for 10 minutes, Pray for 10 minutes, and Memorize Scripture for 10 minutes Write for 10 minutes Preach the Gospel for 10 minutes to yourself (of course evangelism would grow out of this discipline). Of course each of these can be changed and or combined (for longer periods in one area) depending on your interests and time. … [Read more...]

Serving to Master Two? — Historical Background and the Bible

Serving to Master Two? — Historical Background and the Bible: " How much historical background must a pastor know in order to preach the Bible with authority? In this video, D. A. Carson and John Piper discuss the role of extrabiblical sources in biblical interpretation: Watch the video at The Gospel Coalition.see also www.disciplemaking.net … [Read more...]

How to Study the Bible

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IfEMzcQFM4&hd=1 see also www.disciplemaking.net … [Read more...]

Application of an Optical Illusion

Over at Calvinistic Cartoons that put this up and asked for a way to apply this optical illusion (Believe it or not, even though it appears to be wobbly every line is perfectly parallel) to a bible study or to a theological issue.  I want to know the same thing.  How would you use this to teach a theological lesson or begin a Bible study? see also www.disciplemaking.net … [Read more...]

John Piper Sermon Jam on Scripture Memory

John Piper Sermon Jam on Scripture Memory: "I’m a big fan of sermon jams. I’m a bigger fan of Scripture memory. Check it!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7zPrKo4Tsg see also www.disciplemaking.net … [Read more...]

Bible Reading Plans, Daily One Year Schedule

Here is a way to stay accountable to reading through the Bible in 2011 by using a customized Bible reading progress tracking chart. Several Bible Reading Plans, Daily One Year ScheduleBook oder, Chronological, Classic, Old Testament/New Testament, Prof. Horner Reading system My Opinion on the absolute importance of Reading the Bible according to a plan: There is no other way to get the BIG PICTURE of God's plan of redemption or history of Salvation which is necessary to interpret any verses you study in bible study correction. We must be about placing the individual texts of scritpure into their canonical context at the 66,000 ft. level (since there are 66 books in the bible), rather than constantly interpreting passages or verses (at the runway level) with only partial contextual understanding (maybe at the 500 ft level or at the 1,000 ft level). As one interprets each verse they need to see how that one verse relates to context of God's activity as recorded in the bible … [Read more...]

Parchment and Pen: The Problem With Proof-Texting

Parchment and Pen - The Problem With Proof-Texting by Lisa RobinsonFor those who don’t know what proof-texting is – it is finding passages of scripture that supports whatever position you want to uphold. Typically what happens is that an assertion is made, which generates disagreement. The opposer will list a passage of scripture or a string of passages as proof that that assertion is wrong. I have noticed this to be a common occurrence in the blogosphere. But I do believe it happens quite often in face to face conversations. Now, please don’t get me wrong. I do understand the need for Christians to support positions with the biblical text. Otherwise, whatever it is we are trying to assert or refute can get reduced to mere opinion. However, I have observed that submitting a string of bible passages to communicate that position can cause some problems that can undermine the reconciliation and convictions we are seeking to uphold. Problem of interpretation: isolating passages … [Read more...]

Nine Step Guide to Studying Theology (or Any Issue)

I appreciate Michael Patton over at Parchment and Pen giving these beneficial steps to studying theology:Nine Step Guide to Studying Theology (or Any Issue): "1. Pray for an open mind and heartWhile people can intellectually understand truth without the Holy Spirit moving in their heart, no one can accept the truth without his influence (1Cor 2:14-15). The same goes for us as Christians. We may study and have all the information in the world—even the right information—but this does not mean that we are going to be capable of accepting the truth. In other words, the acquisition of knowledge and understanding is meaningless without the power of God to trade your will for his. Pray that God will open your eyes to see and accept the truth.2. Recognize your biasFrom a human standpoint, you are already biased and you need to realize this. Your history, experience, culture, and personality are already present. These have bent you in one way or another. You are always going to fight to keep … [Read more...]

The Exegetical Process: What Does it Mean to You?

The Question "What does it mean to me?" can be the most destructive question one can ask of the Scriptures in any contexts. Michael Patton from Parchment and Pen blog explains why it is very dangerous to subscribe to such a subjective approach to Bible study. Parchment and Pen � The Exegetical Process: What Does it Mean to You? What does it mean to you? This, I believe, is the most destructive question that one can ask of the Scriptures. The implication is that the Scriptures can mean something to one person that it does not to another. “To me, it means that God is going to protect my children,” says one person. “Well, to me it means that God is going to help me get that new car,” says another. “Wonderful!” is the response to both. And so goes the conversation around the circle of well-meaning Bible studiers.The problem with the “What-does-it-mean-to-you” approach is that it is purely subjective. It turns the Scripture into a wax nose that can be shaped into what ever … [Read more...]