Good Word is an invitation. An invitation to explore biblical and theological topics presented in regularly published Bible Study guides. The Bible awaits our continued study and investigation; Good Word provides one way to approach it.
Education in Arts and Sciences
Leading Question: Why are the Arts and Sciences a focus of special attention in these lessons?
I must admit that I became increasingly intrigued as I began working on the study guide for this lesson. Our situation today with the “Arts and Sciences” is quite different from that of the biblical era. But we should address the question of why these two disciplines are a special focal point and also, what the Bible might have to say about them.
From my own perspective, I suspect that the reason why these disciplines have been singled out, is that they easily represent the ...
The Church and Education
Leading Question: If for some, the church is for believers and the school for thinkers, where can we go in Scripture to provide a more balanced perspective?
Theodore Hesburgh, at one time President of Notre Dame University, said that “the university is a place where the (Catholic Church) does its thinking.” Would that mean that the saints assembled for worship are not to be in a thinking mode? The members of the church at Berea might have something to say about that. Acts 17:11 highlights the role of the members as both believers and explorers.
Acts 17:11 (NLT): And the people ...
Education and Redemption
Leading Question: How can “redemption” appeal to a secular age?
Does God make our decisions for us? – predestinarian Calvinists
Do we make decisions for God? – free-will Wesleyans and Arminians
For Secularists: No sense of need, no sense of the presence of God. Since secularists see little value and no authority in the text of Scripture, we will touch on this question at the end of our discussion.
Key biblical passages:
1 Corinthians 2
2 Tim. 3:14-17
Of the various titles/tasks for Jesus, the official study guide has focused on the idea of “Redemption.” That is one of the ...
Worship in Education
Scripture: 1 Chron. 16; 1-36; Daniel 1, 3; Psalm 8, 73
Leading Question: Why should worship belong to a discussion of Adventist Education?
In the secular world, the goal of education is to train one’s critical capabilities, to learn how and when to ask the right questions, and to nurture one’s sense of curiosity. That stands in sharp contrast with a typical view of worship where one loses oneself in the sense of the divine presence. Speaking of music and art, Albert Camus made this striking comment:
“Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we truly appreciate, will ...
More Lessons from the Master Teacher
Scripture: Mark 5, 7-8; Luke 5
Leading Question: Did Jesus as “Master Teacher” always follow the rules?
In this lesson we want to look at the some of the creative, even unorthodox, methods used by Jesus, the “Master Teacher.” But before we look at examples from the Gospels, we should look at a remarkable “education” quote from Adventism’s charismatic founder, Ellen White:
God never designed that one human mind should be under the complete control of another. And those who make efforts to have the individuality of their pupils merged in themselves, and to be mind, will, and conscience for them, assume ...
Jesus as the Master Teacher
Scripture: Heb. 1:1-4; John 1:1-18; 14:1-14
Leading Question: At what age is a child likely to begin questioning the divinity of Christ or the existence of God?
When schools are founded by devout Christians, it is because they want to nurture their children in the faith that is so precious to their parents. As we think of Jesus’ method and message in the light of the challenges of our secular world, is there any way to tell when a child might become vulnerable to doubt?
Just as the book Ecclesiastes in Scripture represents someone who is full of questions, and the book ...
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Great brief bible study
Excellent pointers to study and grow in the Bible
Appreciated the lesson thoughts today (May 9) Wish it would go 30 minutes during this period of church closures.
This is a great podcast. I really enjoy listening to your perspectives on the lessons. It is especially interesting to hear your insights after reading the associated verses and lesson. Please keep up the great work!