[display_podcast] In the books of Samuel, we a king (David) who conquers a city (Jerusalem) and then his son builds the temple where the Ark of the Covenant will be placed. Later on in Jewish history, after the Israelites are scattered across the land and then brought back in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, the people rebuild the temple, and then build up the city of Jerusalem and then wait for their king. Then, in the New Testament, we see the true King, Jesus, who makes the temple inside of … [Read more...]
[display_podcast] Welcome to the Big Picture Podcast. I’m Joel Fieri, and this podcast seeks to begin and hopefully sustain a conversation about current trends and issues in the Church and greater society. On The Big Picture Podcast, our motto or tag line is “separating the forest from the trees”, and there’s no subject that blurs that distinction more than today’s topic. And that topic is war - specifically the Christian attitude towards war. Now what got me thinking on this topic was a recent … [Read more...]
Confessions Of A Closet Christian: Why Is It Hard To See God & Why Do We Ignore What Is Right In Front Of Us?
[display_podcast]On a recent trip to Israel, I found myself reluctant to even be there. This sounds both sensible and selfish. After all, Israel had just attacked Syria just before we left on our trip and Syria retaliated by targeting a tourist location within a day of our arrival.Still, complaining about going abroad sounds “snobby”, selfish and inconsiderate. So as I boarded the plane, I felt like a bona fide jerk. Personally, I felt a lot like Jonah going on this trip. Jonah – you know … [Read more...]
Old Testament history covers the books of Genesis through Esther as well as portions of Jonah and Daniel, or about the first third of our Bible.In order to help you better understand what in the world is going on in some of these Old Testament stories, we’re going to go over some general guidelines to keep in mind as you read and study.Remember, some of these people lived 3,000 – 4,000 years ago in a world extremely different than ours politically, socially, economically and mor … [Read more...]
What is the Bible and how did it get put together?The Bible has over 40 authors, over 66 different books, on three different continents: North Africa, Europe and the Middle East Asia. It was written between the years 1500 B.C. – 70 A.D.The Old Testament - Written from around 1500 BC to 400 BC.The Old Testament has four primary types of literature: History - Covers the history of the Jewish people. Law/Teaching - Covers the law God gave them. Wisdom/Poetry - Speaks truth about life … [Read more...]