Month: June 2010

Hebrews Inductive Study (Chapter 13)

Questions for Hebrews 13

Observation

  1.  List the exhortations in this chapter
  2. Where does the chapter 13 quote the Old Testament?
  3. We are to be strengthened by what?
  4. Who did the God of peace bring from the dead?
  5. Whose reproach are we to bear?
  6. What is the last “let us” exhortation in the book of Hebrews?
  7. We are equipped through the blood of what?
  8. What are we to bear with?
  9. What are the key words in this chapter?
  10. What is the theme of this chapter?

Interpretation

  1. How have some entertained angels without knowing it?
  2.  What were some of the “varied and strange teachings”?

Application

  1. How can we continue in love?
  2. How can we show hospitality?
  3. Do we know the names of at least five brothers and sisters in prison?
  4. How can we remember “the prisoners”? 
  5. Who can you imitate?

Hebrews Inductive Study (Chapter 12)

Questions for Hebrews 12

Observation

  1.  Locate the “therefore” words in chapter 12 and list the central commands connected with each one.
  2. What is the key word in the first paragraph (vv. 1-13)?
  3. What is Jesus for us in verse 2?
  4. Why did Jesus endure the cross?
  5. What is your status if you receive no discipline in your life?
  6. Why does God discipline us?
  7. No one will see the Lord unless they have what?
  8. What can defile many?
  9. In verse 22, Mount Zion is contrasted with what?
  10. What is the theme of the chapter?

Interpretation

  1. What is “the sin” (singular) in verse 1?
  2. What does this mean, “You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;”
  3. Why could Esau find no place for repentance?
  4. What is the “church of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven”?
  5. What attributes of God do you see in “a consuming fire”?

Application

  1.  In a practical way, how do you fix your eyes on Jesus?
  2. If we pattern our lives after Christ, what enables us to endure?
  3. What is the continual key in not becoming weary?
  4. When was the last time that you were disciplined?
  5. If you see others discouraged, how can you help them?
  6. Will America be included in the shaking of God?  And in the shaking what will be left?

A Mormon Idol: 19-year-old David Archuleta

The front page of today’s Post Register states,

A date at the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium in March sold out in four minutes after tickets went on sale.

David Archuleta sings this Saturday night, 7:30 p.m. in the Hart Auditorium at Brigham Young University-Idaho.  It is $35 for a ticket.

He’s probably the biggest pop headliner to claim membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since prime time for the various Osmond family acts in the 1970s.

The newspaper jokes,

It seems his Idaho fans have really gone gaga.

LDS Blogspotting

1. Penal Substitutionary Atonement rules the day at the New Cool Thang.  This is the most humorous post that I have ever seen at the Thang.  Of course, what does one expect when everybody carries around KJV Bibles?

2.  Should we look for an LDS KJV Study Bible?  Well, probably not at Faith Promoting Rumor.  Source it at BYU-Idaho, and then watch Glenn Beck take it national.  :)

3.  Brian questions, Are “Fundamentalist Mormons” Truly Fundamental?  So let me ask you this question, “Are ‘Independent Fundamental Baptists’ truly fundamental?” (again I am smiling)

The Book of Mormon & the KJV

Grant Hardy made a memorable scholarly statement in the preface of The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text, edited by Royal Skousen (Yale, 2009).

The relationship between the two books [the Book of Mormon and the KJV] has yet to be explored fully (xxiv).

So what do LDS scholars have in store for writing about this vital issue?  Any books to be published in 2011?

The 400 year anniversary will soon be upon us.  Note here.  Note the 2011 Trust.  Note here. And here.  And here.  And here.  And here.

Blake Ostler and Jesus

1)  “The relationship of the subjects to God is seen more as a continuum than a dichotomy.  It is a hierarchy of beings, some of whom are closer to God and some farther from him.  The gods are literally what God is in kind because they share in his holiness and act pursuant to his authority in divine prerogatives, such as governing, atoning, creating, and bearing the divine name. . . . God is at the top of the hierarchy and is incomparably great in the sense that no one else can occupy this supreme position or receive the honor that he does” (p. 92).

2)  “In the first century, neither Jews nor Christians believed in creation out of nothing” (p. 93).

3) “The text of the Ascension of Isaiah is essential in grasping early Christian views of the Godhead and relation between the Father and the Son. . . .  The highest God is a being of glory, quite distinct from the Son (and Lord); both are distinct in glory and person from the Holy Spirit, who is also an angel” (p. 102-103).

4)  Justin Martyr believed that Jesus was a distinct God  . . . . a subordinate God . . . a second place God . . .  to the Most High God (p. 114-116).

5)  “The notion suggested by Richard Bauckham that allusions to Psalm 110 envision Christ on the very throne of God misrepresents Christ’s status. . . . Christ is the Davidic king, and the Davidic king is the Son of God who has been deified as a God to be God’s vizier and ruler on earth” (128).

6)  “That Paul does not intend to simply equate the Father and the Son with the ‘one God’ is made clear by the fact that they are joined by [Greek word] (kai, ‘and’), meaning essentially ‘in addition to’ ” (144).

7)  “Once again, there is no thought that Christ is somehow identical to or ‘included with the unique identity of’ God” (151). . . . “God fills believers with a fulness of God just as Christ is filled with a fulness of deity in Colossians” (152).

8 ) “[Hebrews 1:9] refers to two Gods:  God who is seen as Jesus, and ‘your God,’ who is God the Father who anoints Jesus as the Messiah or Christos” (154).

9) “Christ does not claim to be identical or equal to Yahweh; rather, he is the agent of the one true God” (185).

10) “First, the New Testament clearly identifies ‘the one true God’ with the Father alone and not with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit together. . . . The designator ‘one God’ is always and specifically reserved for the Father alone in the New Testament” (200).

11) “The Father has the property of being the ‘only true God,’ but the Son does not” (211).

–Taken from Exploring Mormon Thought:  Of God and Gods (Greg Kofford Books, 2008).

What am I suppose to say?  What is Blake trying to do to the status of my Savior, my Lord, and my God?