I asked a bunch of my friends to answer some questions about how they looked at the Bible.
You, in fact.
It wasn’t a Bible knowledge test, the kind that students at a Bible college take. I taught at one years ago, as a communication prof, not a Bible prof. All the students coming in had to take a Bible test, a knowledge test. It determined whether they could skip the Bible survey courses that were part of the requirements. If you knew enough Bible facts, you didn’t have to take a semester of Old Testament survey and a semester of New Testament survey. Which meant that those courses were also about Bible facts.
My questions were about how often people looked at the Bible, what metaphors they had for what the Bible is, what questions they have. And I discovered as I read their responses that these friends, these people who show up regularly to read what I write about at 300wordsaday.com, all look at the Bible differently. Which is to be expected, on one hand. But is challenging for me as I write five days a week about following Jesus.
I mean, when I refer to the Bible as I write, what does that mean to you as you read?
So I decided to teach a course about the Bible starting during the month of September. I decided that before I knew what I meant.
It’s going to be a six week course. There will be a pretty long email each week. There will be a couple of brief videos from the email. There will be a reading assignments. And I’ll be available to answer questions. And I’m trying to figure out an interactive part. Maybe you can help me.