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Monday, August 23, 2010

Consolidating my blogs

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to let you know that I am consolidating all my blogs into one location in order to help simplify my life.  Therefore, the Bible Summit blog, the Authentic Relationships blog, and the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church - KCI Campus blog are now centrally located on this site

Please update your blog readers or take a look at the new
Google Reader to track all your blogs - it is great!

Thanks for joining the conversation and please hit the 'follow' button for updates as well as through Google Reader

Friday, August 20, 2010

And we are back!! with info on the HSCB

Hey everybody!

Well, as some of you may know, my father passed away last month.  So, I have been on a little bit of a hiatus while going through the grieving process.  But . . . we are back!

I am looking forward to continuing our discussion on the Bible Cycle on reading through God's Word.

Meanwhile, let me share with you a new Bible that is coming out soon:
Holman Christian Standard Study Bible
HCSB Study Bible, Jacketed Hardcover
Here is the website:

I have put one on order (since I collect Bibles) will give a review when it comes arrives.
Here is a video intro:

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bible Cycle Intro

Here is the scoopity-doopity -

After working through a rough sketch of where we are going with the Bible Study outline, I decided to provide a 'map' of where our journey will take us.  Keep us on track due to my affinity to squirrel to other topics.

So, I would like to introduce you to the
Bible Cycle

The Bible Cycle is composed of 'Reading' Cycles.  Think of it as areas of study, thought, and nuance that you may decide to 'circle' around before moving on.  The Bible Cycle provides a format to give organization to your Bible reading and study process.  Here are the four cycles:

  • Bible Cycle 1: Book = The Big Picture
  • Bible Cycle 2: Chapters = The Main Themes / Literary Units
  • Bible Cycle 3: Paragraphs = The Smallest Unit of Meaning
  • Bible Cycle 4: Verses = The Nitty Gritty

Outlining our next steps has provided me an organization to my personal study methods plus others.
Here we go . . . .

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Post Postponement

Hey everybody,

I am little behind (two weeks!) in posting on the Bible Cycle.  I am currently organizing it a little bit better in order to have a good flow.  Sorry for the delay.

I also have made the decision to go back to seminary to complete my Biblical languages degree (MABL) @ Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Urgh!  What am I thinking?  HA - actually, I put all the work in it doing my MDiv that I decided that I need the accountability to keep up with it.  I am reviewing my Hebrew to take the next step in Hebrew classes this fall - 2 months!

Thanks for following and I will get back to the Bible Cycle within the next couple of days!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bible Cycle Step 1

Okay . . Here we go!
As we begin the 'Bible Cycle' Study Method, allow me to provide an outline of what is ahead.

  • I will be outlining each step each week to allow time to practice that specific step.  
    • For example purposes, we will journey through the book of 1 John together.
  • In between steps, I will be addressing certain issues and tools to help you with your Bible Study.  
    • Issues involve presuppositions, biases, communication theory, etc
    • Tools will include discussions on outlining, genres, color coding, meditation mapping, and more
  • We will be doing this in bite-size chunks
    • "How do you eat an elephant?"
      • "One bite at a time"!
Okay!  Here is the Bible Cycle Step One:
1.  Read the whole book
  1. Sit down and read all of 1 John in one sitting.
    • This should take around 20-30 minutes
Okay - more coming tomorrow.  Bite-size chunks . . . 
Enjoy your reading!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Studying the Scriptures

Hey gang!
Here is my intro for what's next:

If you want more information concerning Dr. Bob Utley's plan, here is the link to Dr. Utley's website:  I developed an adapted form utilizing Dr. Utley's reading plan as a foundational baseline.  HERE is the direct link to his seminar: "You Can Understand the Bible"

I look forward to continuing our journey together!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

BT - Da Jesus Book

Ok, so as pastor, I have the opportunity to meet some great people.  Last month, I had the opportunity to meet Wade Remer from Wycliffe Bible Translators helping them with their "Mobiles 4 Missions" project (turn in your old cell phones which they cash in for money to help support translating the Bible into new languages across the globe).  As an example of the work that Wycliffe has completed, Wade sent me a copy of "Da Jesus Book":
Da Jesus Book: Hawaii Pidgin New Testament
You can check it out online @
Here is an example of John 3:16:
16“God wen get so plenny love an aloha fo da peopo inside da world, dat he wen send me, his one an ony Boy, so dat everybody dat trus me no get cut off from God, but get da real kine life dat stay to da max foeva."
How fun is that?!
Per our discussion on Translations and Paraphrases, what do you think?
Personally, I think it serves as a great example of translation theory in action.  See chapter 3 in:The Inclusive-Language Debate: A Plea for Realismfor more information on Translation theory as it applies across the globe (not just English)

I truly appreciate Wycliffe's pursuit of bringing the Bible to the heart language of the people all across the world.  The Hawaiian Pidgin New Testament is a fun read.  Enjoy!