This is to go for the reading for the week of August 26-31, 2019 in the Daily Bible Study series. What Was It Like? This is especially related to the reading for August 29, Psalm 33:3-9.
In connection with my notes on Psalm 33:3-9 I’m adding this link to a short story I wrote back in 2014 about someone who thinks he wants to hear God’s voice: It Got Very Quiet up in the Mountains.
I really like this article about detecting deception from FiveThirtyEight.com. Of course, I should note that it totally supports my own view on the matter, as held before I read it!
I’m glad someone is counting!
We like meaning and connections, and we’ll sometimes find them even when they’re not there. People who understand this can deceive you. The Improbability Principle from Neuroblogica is a very good summary of this.
EDN = Energion Discussion Network.
Today’s post is by yours truly and titled In the Embrace of Change.
As owner of Energion Publications, I’m putting a great deal of the company marketing efforts and dollars into building up that site, it’s sister site Nurturing Creativity, and our social media this year. We’re working hard to post high quality content there and we’re inviting discussion. Watch for the Giveaway emblem there, as every comment earns you a chance to win a free book.
This is strictly a links post, giving links to the resources I’ll be referencing tonight.
First some of my own resources:
- Eschatology: Future and Present
Announcing this study and giving some questions to consider taken from Eschatology: A Participatory Study Guide
- What Does It Mean to Survive Death?
I discuss some of the vocabulary problems we have with discussing life after death and an eternal reward.
- Adventists, Other Christians, and the Great Disappointment
Why is this event in Seventh-day Adventist history of interest to other Christians. Or is it?
- When People Speak for God
My own book on inspiration.
Essays posted today on the Energion Discussion Network related to the Great Disappointment:
- 1844 – 1: Between the Disappointments by Edward W. H. Vick
- Is It Time to Talk about Eschatology by Alden Thompson
Some other recent posts from the Energion Discussion Network:
- Process Theology: Theology for Progressive Christians by Bruce Epperly
This relates to the discussion of whether God acts in history and if so how does God relate to history. This is a substantial issue in this entire study.
- Why I Don’t Argue for Inerrancy – Too Much by Elgin Hushbeck, Jr.
Another take on the inspiration of scripture.
- The Battle for the Bible by Steve Kindle
No, not the battle of Harold Lindsell. Well, yes, sort of. This essay and the two that follow it discuss why we differ widely on what we believe scripture teaches.
Books referenced tonight or at other times in the series:
- Eschatology: A Participatory Study Guide by Edward W. H. Vick
This is the primary guide for this initial portion of my study. I am using it to help us look at definitions and map out the territory before we go into verse by verse studies of various passages.
- The Journey to the Undiscovered Country by William Powell Tuck
One of our primary resources on life after death.
- From Inspiration to Understanding: Reading the Bible Seriously and Faithfully by Edward W. H. Vick
This is the more serious, 355 page discussion of inspiration. If you’re serious about studying what inspiration and authority are and looking at what those definitions mean for how we read the Bible, take the time to read this. I obviously also like my own book When People Speak for God, but if it had been published after From Inspiration to Understanding instead of before, it would have had dozens of footnotes to it.
- History and Christian Faith by Edward W. H. Vick
“God acting in history” is a phrase that evokes many questions of definition. This little book will help you explore that idea and how it reflects in many areas.
- The Adventists’ Dilemma by Edward W. H. Vick
What does it mean to say that Jesus is coming soon, if anything? This book examines the idea of a literal return of Jesus “soon” in a detailed way.
- Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God by Bruce Epperly
Process theology placed on a lower shelf. Bruce Epperly doesn’t shy away from application, but talks about how we should live with a God who is directly involved and impacted by the world.
I’d like to commend Bob Cornwall’s sermon this week to your attention, especially to those who are following my John study. It’s titled Revelation of God Embodied. Thinking about God can be hard work!
I’ve written a short story to (hopefully) help stimulate thought about Lectionary Proper 12A, which we’ll be discussing at our online Bible study on Monday night.