Blog postings…That’s right…Blog postings.
I am so very excited about this!!! Over the next several months, we’ll be discussing three different topics that have the potential to shift the way we think about and interact with God, other people, and the world around us…Take a look and see what’s coming!
1) “The Generational God”—Since God seems to interact with people differently throughout the Old Testament, New Testament, and the Second Temple Period (500 BCE-100 CE), does that mean that character of God changes? If so, how is that reflected in our view of God and the world around us? If not, what does this mean about the way God interacts with people? Should we expect for God to interact with all of us in the same way? Should we assume that God will interact with previous and future generations in the same way God interacts with you and me today? In these blogs, we’ll take a look at how these writings portray the interaction between God and people and discuss the ramifications of those interactions for older, younger, and future generations.
2) “Called By God, Compelled to Serve”—Can women be called by God to serve in leadership positions in the church at large? If not, why not? If so, how should they respond? In these blogs, we’ll take a look at some of the controversial passages in the letters attributed to Paul. We’ll address the literary, social, historical, and cultural context of those passages in order to do our best to understand what those passages meant for the original audience and what they might mean for us today. We’ll also look at how Jesus is portrayed in his interactions with women in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and will discuss the potential ramifications of the words and actions of Jesus on how we view and interact with women in ministry today.
3) “Divine King and Suffering Servant”—The book of Isaiah is filled with prophecies that are attributed to the life and story of Jesus in the New Testament. What did those prophecies initially mean? Who were they addressed to? Did the authors of the New Testament interpret those prophecies accurately? How did other authors of the Second Temple Period (500 BCE-100 CE) understand these prophecies? Join me as we discover and discuss how the book of Isaiah influenced some of the beliefs and hopes of the authors of the writings of the Second Temple Period and the New Testament.
*Blog postings will alternate among all three topics. Any feedback or ideas you would like to share are greatly appreciated!