Gospel Doctrine Lesson 33- Jonah and Micah


Jonah Jonah is four short chapters. I've done a lot with Jonah in the past. I'm not convinced that what I've written is the end-all-be-all (heck, I'm starting to be convinced one point is wrong), but I also don't have anything new to add at the moment. What I have done is address the short book several times, from several angles, including the history question. In brief, if you're focused on the whale instead of the last four verses of chapter 4, you're entirely missing the point. … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 32- Job

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Today we come to another little-read and little-known jewel of the Old Testament. It has not traditionally been appreciated; as Elder McConkie expressed, "Job is for people who like Job." I suspect we've simply never been "competent readers" or at least, not competent enough to appreciate it. (On "competent readers" see this excerpt from Brettler's excellent How to Read the Bible and this from John Barton's Reading the Old Testament) Fortunately, there's a new book out by Michael Austin (BA and … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 31- Proverbs and Ecclesiastes


Between family in town and application deadlines, it's been a very busy time, and I nearly forgot about these. Mea culpa.First, it looks like I didn't do a podcast for Lesson 31 OR 32 in 2010, so no link to offer there. The Manual is here.But the good news is, this is the lesson you've all been waiting for. … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 30: 2 Chronicles 29–30; 32; 34

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Here's the link to my combined podcast of lessons 29-30, and transcript.I find the order of the next few lessons a bit odd. Today we cover about 100+ years of major history (c. 750BC- 609BC), which happens to be the same time period and historical background for Amos (760bc), Micah and Isaiah (735-700), Nahum (between 663 and 612), Jeremiah (627-??), Lehi, Urijah (Jer 26:20-23) and we’ve probably skipped Joel (uncertain), Obadiah (uncertain), Habbakuk (uncertain), and Jonah (set sometime befo … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine lesson 29- 2 Kings 2, 5-6

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Here's the link to my combined podcast of lessons 29-30, and transcript. These chapters are about the transition from Elijah to Elisha and some of Elisha’ prophetic acts, which raise questions about the varying nature of prophets and prophetic succession. The manual suggests that in 2:1-10, “Elijah prepares Elisha to become the new prophet.” This kind of language assumes several things, namely, that there is “the prophet”, that is, one prophet who is THE Prophet. … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 28- 1 Kings 17-19

First of all, thanks to all of you who have contributed in one way or another. It's greatly appreciated, and I will keep blogging.Second, Patheos' admin has been down for several days for various kinds of updates. There are some changes on the back end, so if you notice anything quirky or something is not working, let me know.Third, these are some of my favorite chapters. Elijah and his fiery talents inspired our creative fire-building on many a scout trip, and even managed to get the … [Read more...]

The State of the Blog: A Quasi-Important Post

The continued existence of this blog is in question.As I’ve gone through the science coursework, volunteering, MCAT study, and such to apply to medical school, a surprising number of people have commented to me along the lines of “it’s too bad. We need your voice. How much can you write or teach in medical school, or as a doctor?” And the answer is, not much to none at all, at least for the next eight years. I have generally agreed; I want to write, you want to read, right? But, five years in … [Read more...]

The World of Isaiah and Jeremiah: Israelite Faith Crises (A Fireside)


As promised, here's a blurb for this Sunday's fireside.The World of Isaiah and Jeremiah: Israelite Faith CrisesSunday July 20, 7pm, Penman building in E. Jacksonville, Fl.I'd been planning a fireside about Israelite history but was looking for a good unifying theme/application. And then I read this post.We'll be talking about some Israelite history and background in the time of Isaiah and then Jeremiah that created faith crises, and draw application from those to modern … [Read more...]