Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee is a half-hour daily radio program that takes the listener on a 5 year journey through the entire scripture. I discovered McGee more than a decade after he had passed, but through the miracle of radio broadcast his ministry lives on still. The full audio collection has been available for years on CD – or I should say many, many CD’s. The study notes and outline for the entire series makes a very large single volume.
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There’s an old saying about a little knowledge being a dangerous thing. The key to understanding scripture is context. If you quote half a verse to support any argument, the first thing I’m going to do is go find the whole verse, then read the whole paragraph. We need to know who is writing, to whom, and under what circumstances before applying any particular verse to our situation.
There are always critics of religion in general and of Christianity in particular that insist religion was invented or the Bible was written to control people. Roman emperors used religion to build an empire, Medieval kings used it to build wealth and add territory, and Christians today use scripture to justify everything from suppressing women to persecuting homosexuals. Sadly, to some extent, each of those arguments have some merit. Emperor Constantine made the switch from persecuting Christians to embracing Christianity in order to defeat the enemies of the Roman Empire. I think we should blame Rome for that, not Christ. The problem with the Middle Ages is that the vast majority of Europeans were illiterate. If the kings and knights of Medieval Europe could have read the Bible for themselves, they would not have been so easily manipulated. Thank God for Gutenberg, am I right? Which brings us to today. Continue reading
I met Michael Spencer in 2003 when my wife and I visited the ministry he was a part of. After joining that ministry, I was introduced to an early morning small group, Men’s Morning with God. The poster said “bring your Bible and coffee.” I’m a big fan of both of those things. We met twice a week at 7 a.m. studying the scripture and praying before work. I have been involved with other small groups before and since, but I stayed with that particular group for the duration of our ministry in Kentucky.
I thought that particular situation was unique. There were about 150 people all living within a few miles of each other, ministering together, and all beginning the work day at basically the same time. Still, our men’s group was never more than 10 or 12 (and sometimes just Michael and I). I have been blessed to find an early morning men’s group once again. This morning there were 5 of us. From different churches, different vocations and with different schedules, this is a group of men that meet at 6 a.m. to read, discuss and pray. One of those men was a friend of my dad, and one of my teachers back in the day. Another member of the group went to high school with my brother. You gotta love small towns.
And I love finding a group of men willing to be up and dressed before they have to be, in order to pray with and for each other.
I will soon begin a series of posts that will effectively be a survey study of the Bible. I’ve been leading a study of Mark’s gospel since August, going verse by verse in each chapter. I have posted a couple of times from Mark, but shy away from creating a Bible study of Mark online. One reason is that the Internet Monk has been posting a study of Mark at Jesus Shaped Spirituality. My study would either be redundant of what he is posting, or everyone would realize that his was better than mine 🙂 Either way.
My next post will be on the creation week and the fall. Biblical Survey will become a new category, and perhaps down the line could become it’s own blog. I’m thinking in an ideal world (which this is not, but hypothetically) that posting 2 or 3 times a week could get one through the major points of the Bible in about a year or so. I plan to continue blogging theology on a regular basis, posting sermons and the such like, so the survey topics would be in addition to.