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Archive for October, 2010

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New name…new URL

Update your bookmarks. By popular demand we’ve abandoned our name for newer improved name “Theology on Tap” and with that comes a new URL.

I will continue to post links to the new blog for the next few weeks and then delete this blog. Here is the new site:

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First off, I have to say I was completely blown away by our discussion on Tuesday about Destiny. It would be impossible to encapsulate all that was discussed, but I know for me personally, I took a few interesting things home with me to think about.

First, I know deep down inside I want to believe I have complete free will over my destiny. But as one person pointed out, this is certainly a form of pride–and being a follower of God is all about turning aside from one’s selfishness and aligning one’s will with that of God. Yet at the risk of sounding too Calvinistic, we all discussed several examples in the Bible where God is pretty clearly giving humanity a choice in whether to follow Him or not. It seems to me that a God who created people to have a relationship with needs to give the people a choice in the matter, otherwise there is no true relationship. So contradictory and inconclusive, as always; I love Tuesdays!!!

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In a (temporary) shift in format, we’re moving away from weekly topics for a little while and going through the book of Hebrews chapter by chapter. For one thing, we want to change things up a bit, but more importantly this book has many passages which are quite challenging and I just want to see how much we can help each other to find relevancy in this often difficult book.

So for this week, let’s read Hebrews 1:1-2:4 — I read through it in less than five minutes, so I plan on reading it each morning before work for the next week. Here are a few questions you may consider pondering each day:

Study Questions for Reflection and Discussion

First Day: Read Hebrews 1. Focus in on Hebrews 1:1-4.

1. List the characteristics or activities of Christ according to these focus verses. What overall picture of Christ emerges immediately?

2. What is the spiritual condition of human beings that is implied by these verses? In other words, why was it necessary for Christ to be revealed the way these verses say that he was revealed?

Second Day: Read Hebrews 1. Focus your attention on Hebrews 1:5-9.

1. How do you discover that most of the words in the focus verses are quotations from the Old Testament?

2. Verse 5 quotes from Psalm 2:7 and 2 Samuel 7:14. Find those verses and read the surrounding verses. What other insights into Christ do you receive from those Old Testament passages?

Third Day: Read Hebrews 1. Focus on Hebrews 1:5-12.

1. Verses 8 and 9 quote from Psalm 45. Read Psalm 45 and discover the verses there that are quoted. What does the author of Hebrews find in Psalm 45 that causes him to apply it to Christ?

2. What common elements do you discover between Psalm 45 and Isaiah 61:1-11?

3. As you compare Hebrews 1:8-9, Psalm 45, and Isaiah 61 what character of life is the Spirit calling for from you? What changes will you need to make in your life for that character of life to take shape in you?

Fourth Day: Read Hebrews 1:1-2:4.Especially focus on Hebrews 1:10-14.

1. Hebrews 1:10-12 quote from Psalm 102:25-28. Read Psalm 102. What other elements in the psalm seem to apply to the life of Christ?

2. The idea that Christ was the agent of creation is also found in John 1:1-5 and Colossians 1:15-20. Read those passages and think about why it was important for the New Testament to describe Jesus as being involved in the Creation of the world. Jot down some of your ideas.

3. If the role of angels is to serve, what role do you suppose we are called to fulfill?

Fifth Day: Read Hebrews 1:1-2:4. Now focus in on Hebrews 2:1-4.

1. What warning does the author give in Hebrews 2:1-4?

2. What argument does the author use to show how serious the danger was? Is the danger equally dangerous for us today? Why?

3. What activities and disciplines could help you to not drift away from what you have heard?

I’ll see everyone on Tuesday!

–Cheers!

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