Saturday, June 28, 2014

My Recurring Dream

To quote Amos, "I was no prophet, nor a prophet's son" (Amos 7:14a ESV).  However, I would like to share with you a recurring dream that I've had.  The dreams aren't identical but they follow a common pattern.  It's hard to describe but I'll try, however imperfectly, to be faithful to the impressions of my dreams.

I am in a church sanctuary but not during a worship service.  The church building once housed a thriving congregation that has dwindled in numbers over the decades.  I go exploring throughout the building because, over time, the congregation has remodeled it, adding rooms, sections and even floors to the original huge sanctuary, cutting it down to size because they had no need for such an enormous sanctuary as they did in their heyday.



In my dream I investigate, walking into different rooms and sections as I mentally trace the outline of the original sanctuary.  Perhaps behind a wall is the former stage of the old sanctuary, complete with stained glass windows that nobody pays attention to anymore.  Perhaps in another section is a divided off room where theater seating has been removed and one can see where the seats were once bolted to the floor.  By climbing floors and going through dividing doorways it becomes clear that it was a breathtaking artifice where throngs of people once gathered.  

It isn't a sad dream for me but one of hope.  I thrill in the possibility of the discovery of the once-used sanctuary.  I thirst for revival so that the building will once again be filled with worshipers.  It is an open-ended dream.

Is it a prophetic dream?  
For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds, (Job 33:14-15 ESV) 
I just don't know.  W. Dale Oldham believed in the prophetic dreams of Church of God evangelist, W. F. Chapel.  Perhaps the best response is for me to quote John Wesley concerning another matter:
Now, he that will account for this by natural causes, has my free leave: But I choose to say, This is the power of God. [i.406]
In any event, it makes me hunger and thirst for revival.

Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? 
(Psalms 85:6)


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Carson and Keller on Revival



Tim Keller and Don Carson have experienced revival firsthand. Watch them share their experiences in a brand-new roundtable video.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Learn Biblical Hebrew & Greek...for Free

With the global internet learning opportunities are greater than at any other time in human history.  I'd like to share one example with you.

Did you know that you can learn the basics of biblical Hebrew and Greek online for free?  While many free resources abound I'll highlight two examples.  All are YouTube videos.

Biblical Hebrew

The Master's Seminary hosts two graduate study years of Old Testament Hebrew.  The teacher is William Barrick.

Hebrew Grammar I (semester one, 22 lessons)
Hebrew Grammar II (semester two, 26 lessons)
Hebrew Exegesis I (semester three, 11 lessons)
Hebrew Exegesis II (semester four, 13 lessons)

Biblical Greek

John Moore of World Video Bible School teaches the basics of koine (Hellenistic) New Testament Greek.

Learning to Use the Greek New Testament (36 lessons)

To say this is generous and gracious is an understatement.  You've just been saved hundreds of dollars in instruction.  You can learn a workable knowledge of the two major biblical languages (not Aramaic, which just comprises a sliver of the Old Testament) for free.

Caution

I have watched very little of the above material.  I think it helpful to remind us that all Bible teachers have biases.  I certainly do.  I am a Wesleyan-Holiness Christian.  That affects how I interpret (and, perhaps in places, would translate, Scripture.)  It happens.  We all have biases/viewpoints that affect our objectivity.

William Barrick is a teacher at John MacArthur's Master's Seminary.  I assume Barrick is a pre-trib dispensational Calvinist.  John Moore pastors Dripping Springs Church of Christ.  I assume he holds to baptismal regeneration and other perspectives of the Church of Christ.  Therefore, you may find instruction colored by theological belief.  If it happens don't be surprised.  That's life.