by Benjamin Walton
Benjamin Walton provides the practical interpretive and homiletical skills necessary to preach Old Testament narratives.
by Herbert W. Bateman IV
How to Read Isaiah featuring Dr. Robert B. Chisholm
The Cyber Center for Biblical Studies presents a series of videos from its 2016 Let's Know the Bible Conference held in Northern Indiana. The focus of attention: "The Prophet Isaiah." In this third of three videos, Dr. Robert B. Chisholm (Senior Professor of Old Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary) directs attention to the reading of the Prophet Isaiah. In this video, Bob addresses how to interpret three of Isaiah's servant songs.
2017 Let's Know the Bible Conference
The Cyber-Center for Biblical Studies arranges an annual “Let’s Know the Bible Conference" the second Saturday of September for anyone wanting to build and improve confidence in their daily Bible reading.
He is well versed in the Book of Hebrews. He is the author of The Structure of Hebrews: A Textlinguistic Analysis (Baker 1998), the NIV Application Commentary on Hebrews (Zondervan 1998), Contributor to the section on Hebrews for Zondervan's Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (Zondervan 2002), Contributor to Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews (Kregel 2007), and Contributor to section on Hebrews in Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (Baker 2007).
Friday Evening 8 September 2017
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the C.E. National Russell Center Winona Lake, Indiana
Dr. Herbert W. Bateman IV and Dr. George H. Guthrie will address God's new covenant promises in Jeremiah and their fulfillment in Hebrews. Pastor Tim Sprankle and Pastor Lee Compson will then lead us in the new covenant practice of the Lord's Supper.
Saturday Morning 9 September 2017
8:00 a.m. – 12 noon at the C.E. National Russell Center Winona Lake, Indiana
Dr. George H. Guthrie will address “The Book of Hebrews: Three Ways to Transform your Reading of the Letter.” George will help instill confidence in our personal reading and study of the Book of Hebrews.
Sunday Morning 10 September 2017
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Pleasant View Bible Church
Dr. George H. Guthrie is preaching at Pleasant View Bible Church
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A Pastor’s Perspective — On the Bible
“Reading Exodus in Big Chuncks”
By Michael Hontz
“If you could give just one piece of advice on how to get more out of my Bible study, what would it be?” I've been asked this question many times over the years. My answer today is quite different than it would have been during my earliest years in ministry. Perhaps it is surprising.
To get more out of Bible study, read Scripture in larger chunks and look for the theme(s) that hold the book together.
If you're like me, you were taught to slow down and consider each word, maybe even look in Greek or Hebrew lexicons to maximize your study. While this can certainly be helpful, I've found it can also be a detriment to grasping the broader context. I would suggest first reading through an entire book of the Bible in one sitting. Longer books of the Bible (e.g., Genesis, Exodus) aren't as difficult to read through in one sitting as you might think. They require two and half to three hours; however, since most people don't have that much time to read in one day, reading a larger book in a week is more achievable.
After the initial reading, repeat the process for several days or weeks, depending on the size of the book. Repeated reading of the same book deepens understanding and appreciation. You will be amazed at the things you will notice your third and fourth times through that you previously missed. Additionally, you will begin to see literary themes that create connections between otherwise disconnected sections of the book.
When I first read Exodus in this way, I noticed how the theme of worship dominates the book. In chapters 3-10, Moses tells Pharaoh almost a dozen times to let God's people go so they can worship God. Exodus fifteen comprises a worship song about God's salvation. Four of the Ten Commandments deal directly with worship. Later portions of the book describe the tabernacle and its furnishings, as well as the priesthood and their ministry, all of which define Israelite worship for centuries to come. In chapter thirty-two, worship of the golden calf contrasts the pure form that should typify a believer. When one realizes how worship dominates the book, it isn't hard to see how other stories, such as Moses gazing on and reflecting the glory of God, fit naturally within this broader theme as well.
For me, seeing these sorts of themes tie together a book like Exodus adds value to the focused study of a single word or couple of sentences. Actually, because of my focus on this broader theme, I discovered that the word translated "worship" or "serve" in regards to God's calling his people out of Egypt (3:12, 4:23, 7:16, etc.) is the same Hebrew term translated "work" or "serve" in context of the Israelites' service of Pharaoh (1:14, 5:9, 18, etc.) which is itself a pretty interesting literary foil, but that's another article for another day.
Michael Hontz is Senior Pastor at Pleasant View Bible Church in Warsaw, Indiana. He earned his BA from Appalachian Bible College (2001) and his MDiv from Grace Theological Seminary.
He began as a Youth Pastor in Pennsylvania before moving to Indiana to pursue his Master of Divinity. At that time, he began ministering at Pleasant View Bible Church as a pastoral intern in the areas of youth and music. After graduating from Grace Seminary, Mike became Pleasant View's Youth Pastor and eventually transitioned to become the Associate Pastor in 2009 and the Senior Pastor in 2011.
Michael has been on the board of the Let's Know the Bible Conference since 2016.