Lessons from Ruth, part 4
And now, at last, we complete our series on Ruth with part 4. The last point we recall from the previous scene was Naomi telling Ruth that Boaz will not rest until he has completed the matter. And it is true. We'll see now, as we read the text, the next day, Boaz rises, goes and sits in the gate, waiting for the redeemer who one notch closer than he is to show up. We don't know how long he is there, but it could have been for some time. Listen now to verses 1-12:Read more...
Lessons from Ruth, part 3
We have entered into a study of the four chapter book of Ruth, and accomplished already the first half of the story. Elimelech and Naomi leave Bethlehem in the famine and go to live in Moab with their two sons. Tragedy comes when Elimelech dies. The two young sons take Moabite wives, but tragedy strikes again. Both sons also die. Three widows, Naomi, Orpah, and Ruth remain.Read more...
Rightly Dividing the Word, part 4: Scripture and the Emerging Church
kirkpatrick-sm2013-handout4.pdf (A basic look at the Emerging Church, focusing especially on Scripture)
If there are two ideas that don't go together, they are the two in this presentation's title: "Scripture," and the "Emerging Church." But our first need is to get a grip on what the Emerging Church is. In the latter portion of this presentation we will focus especially on "Scripture and the Emerging Church."Read more...
Rightly Dividing the Word, part 3: Interpretation and the Current Emergency
kirkpatrick-sm2013-handout3.pdf (Post Historical-critical hermeneutical developments)
This presentation traces the key developments in Liberation Theological interpretation we did not address in our first meeting. It also outlines something of the movement to today's postmodern situation. In other words, we look briefly at Liberation Theology, Feminist Theology, Queer Theology, then the shift to Postmodern thought and some theological effects. Most of the first half of this presentation is a condensation of my eight article series "Foundations of Women's Ordination" published last month and available on OrdinationTruth.com. There is, by the way, a morphing, a reshaping of these ideas along the way until many parts of them are embraced in postmodern theology. So this will bear very much on the Emerging Church in our next presentation.Read more...
Rightly Dividing the Word, part 2: Opposing the Historical-critical and Embracing the Historical-grammatical Method
What Is and Is Not Bible Study?
We have significantly lost something which we must recover, or else fail in the Heaven-assigned mission we have embarked upon. It is very important that we understand what is and is not actual Bible study.Read more...
Rightly Dividing the Word, part 1: God Will have a People
kirkpatrick-sm2013-handout1.pdf (Introduction and Survey of the History of Biblical Interpretation )
As Seventh-day Adventists, we believe that God has called us. A part of our mission is especially outlined in this statement:
God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines, and the basis of all reforms. The opinions of learned men, the deductions of science, the creeds or decisions of ecclesiastical councils, as numerous and discordant as are the churches which they represent, the voice of the majority--not one or all of these should be regarded as evidence for or against any point of religious faith. Before accepting any doctrine or precept, we should demand a plain 'Thus saith the Lord' in its support (The Great Controversy, p. 595).