Bibles, bibles everywhere!

I’m sitting here on a Saturday night studying six different translations of Joshua 1. It is actually more fun than it might sound. I’m working on an exegetical paper of Joshua 1 that is due Thursday.

Luckily my classes today didn’t dump a whole lot of reading, unexpected reading I should say, in my lap, so I can spend tonight and tomorrow working on my paper due Thursday. Somewhere in there I do have to read chapter three of “Wesley and the People Called Methodist,” for United Methodist History class on Monday night. There’s plenty of time, right?

So, I’m sitting here writing out questions I need or want to find answers to, as it relates to Joshua 1. A lot of the questions are the basic who, what, why, when and where. But there are also deeper questions about winners and losers, who is telling the story and for what purpose, for instance.

Have you read Joshua 1? What questions did you have about the text?

To comment or not to comment

So I hope I’ve made it easier for the readers of my blog to comment on the blog. You don’t have to register, you only enter your name and an email address. Is that too much to ask? Seriously, let me know! I really want (and in some cases NEED) your feedback. ๐Ÿ™‚

On a seminary note… I’m waiting to get grades back from my first two papers. I will post the grades and the papers as I get them.

Exegesis and the Text… also known as Beauty and the Beast

Tonight was my Intro to Preaching class. I love this class. The teacher, Dr. Lomax, is energetic and he engages the class in conversation instead of talking at us. His assignments are going to be the most challenging for me, I think, but in a good way.

For those who don’t know, exegesis is a major component — some would likely say the foundation — of a well prepared sermon. Exegesis, pronounced EX-see-gee-sis, is a “critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially a religious text” according to Wikipedia. My preaching professor concurs.

Our assignment for next week is a three to five page exegetical paper on our selected text for the semester. Last week we had to declare a text for the semester, from about 15 Dr. Lomax pre-selected. I chose Joshua 1, so to speak. I went through all of the choices Dr. Lomax gave us and looked them up. I read each of the texts and waited for one to choose me. When I read Johsua 1 I knew it was the one that spoke to me, but I looked up the others just so I could say I did.

If you don’t know the story of Joshua, you might want to check him out. He’s first introduced to us in Exodus and his story continues through the book that bears his name. He’s put in some pretty interesting situations and asked to do some pretty heavy things. My job is to take Joshua 1 and “unpack it,” as Dr. Lomax would say, or interpret the text. This is not an easy assignment. Interpreting the text is a serious, serious undertaking. So I’m going to need your prayers and support over the next seven days as I work through this text and this text works through me.

If any of you are so inclined, take a few minutes and read Joshua 1. Tell me what you think the first chapter is about. I’ll share more of my thoughts on it in my next posting.

Preaching through parables

This entry serves two purposes. One to make sure my posts are showing up on my Facebook page. And two, to see what you all think about the idea of storytelling in preaching.

In my preaching class, the assignment this week was to write a one-page reflection paper on the elements of storytelling. We’re reading a book called “The Preacher as Storyteller,” by Austin B. Tucker. In the first chapters he talks a lot about preachers who don’t like the idea of storytelling while preaching.

What do you think? Are there times with you think using a story in a sermon is inappropriate? Are there stories you’ve heard in sermons that you will never forget? Please share!

~M

P.S. I’ll tell you what I got on my paper when I get the grade back.

Reisha, this is for you….

So a friend of mine suggested I start a blog chronicling my journey through seminary. After about five minutes of thought, I figured it was a genius idea and could even serve as a stress reliever from time to time. In a weird kind ofย  way I also thought I could keep up with assignments and things like that, all while soliciting thoughts from you, my interested family and friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

So this first entry is just to confirm that I am in fact starting a blog and will commit to updating it several times a week… or at least after class on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

By the way, here is my class schedule, for those of you who are interested:

Monday — 6:30p-8:20p United Methodist History (Dr. Carol Helton)

Tuesday — 6p-8:40p Intro to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament (Dr. Randall Bailey)

Thursday — 6p-8:40p Intro to Preaching (Dr. Mark Lomax)

Saturday — 9a-11:40a Intro to Missiology (Dr. Tumani Nyajeka)

— Noon-2:40p Intro to Philosophy of Religion and Theology (Dr. Edward Smith)