Jesus: Lord, liar, lunatic or legend?

In Introduction

In “Mere Christianity” C.S. Lewis said that the words of Jesus are so bold that he could either be the Son or God, a lunatic, or a liar, but that there is no way he can merely be seen a “good moral teacher.” Considering Jesus’ radical claim that “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen …

Five Ways to Approach the God of the OT

In Introduction

5 ways of approaching the God of the Old Testament (adapted from Alden Thompson): 1. Avoidance – only the New Testament is read devotionally and we try to shut out of our minds stories such as the Flood or Sodom and Gomorrah. The commands for genocide become a distant memory …

The Trinity

In Introduction

This is the first lecture in another series through the Bible. Since a chronological trip through the Bible immediately involves going through some difficult and often discouraging stories that can tarnish God’s reputation, let’s first consider what we can say about God based on the relationship between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Bible opens …

How to Read (or Not Read) the Old Testament

In Introduction

Many have struggled with the God of the Old Testament – a God who sometimes appears very different in character than Jesus. In this lecture, we discussed several ways to read (as well as how not to read) the Old Testament.

Bible Study in the 21st Century?

In Introduction

Today was the first Bible study of the year and it was great to see so many new faces. This begins another trip through the Bible and every one is very different! Today we asked some very basic questions. For many individuals, “Bible study” is associated with fundamentalism and a …

The Bible in Translation

In Introduction

This is the video recording of the December 11, 2008 Bible study for the Loma Linda University School of Allied and Public Health. This is part one related to the subject of Bible translation. Part two (audio only) of this lecture continues the story of the Bible and includes a discussion on …

Bible Introduction (2007)

In Introduction

This lecture is a good place to start for those of you that are new to Godscharacter.com. I would encourage you to continue on from this Bible study and into Genesis, Exodus, etc. Be sure to view the powerpoint slides with the lecture. The video and audio lectures were given …