• Taming the "Look-Imagine-See" method of Bible Study by Melanie Newton
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    Taming the “Look-Imagine-See” Dragon

    I have been so saddened in recent months as I’ve seen prominent respected Christians pronounce their interpretation of certain scriptures based on a “look-imagine-see” method. What do I mean by “look-imagine-see?” Someone looks at a verse or passage, imagines what they want it to say, and then sees in their mind what they have imagined through twisting word meanings and interpretations. The result of their teaching feels a lot more comfy and cozy with the prevailing cultural views but is not intellectually honest. And, it really boils down to basing truth on someone’s opinion. Cultural influence on Bible interpretation feeds this “look-imagine-see” method. You look at the passage, imagine a…

  • How to Choose a Bible Study - from Melanie Newton's E-Course "How to Lead a Bible Study"
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    How to Choose a Bible Study (for yourself or a group)

    It’s summer time. You might finally have a chance to work on a Bible Study for yourself. Or, you are thinking ahead to the Fall and wondering what study to do next with your Bible Study group.  Maybe you are considering starting a Bible Study group and need to know where to begin. Or, you are new to the Bible and puzzled how to begin with something that won’t overwhelm you. You are not alone. Whether you are new to Bible study or have been doing it for a while, choosing a quality Bible Study can make your experience either a great one or a frustrating one. When I say,…