Miss a session of the adult class of Parkland Bible School? Want to hear the content again? Here's where you'll find the audio from every session, along with links to helpful material. We'll keep adding content as we go, so check back here often.
Session 1: The Quest for Meaning
The question that we ask when we come to the Bible is simple: what does this mean?
In this first session, Pastor Mark discusses the quest for meaning and lays out the foundations of our approach to learning to use our Bibles.
Session 1 Audio
This session includes two YouTube videos of TV commercials. The audio isn't great on the recording, but the audio alone doesn't do the clips justice. Here are the clips for your enjoyment.
Super Bowl 2018 "It's a Tide Ad"
1964 Buick Riviera
Session 2: How Did We Get This? Part 1
Where did the Bible come from? The process of bringing it to us was fairly complex, but we can have confidence that the Bible is reliable.
In this session, Pastor Mark discusses the first link in the chain that brought the Bible to us: inspiration. The Bible is a product of divine-human cooperation, but how did that cooperation work?
Note: we had some discussion time during the session that's been cut out of the session recording for clarity.
Session 2 Audio
Download the notes sheet for this session. Note that the PDF is designed to be printed as a booklet, so page 1 is on the right side of the first page of the PDF, pages 2-3 are on the second page, and page 4 is on the left side of the first page of the PDF.
Session 3: How Did We Get This? Part 2
In this session, we discuss the second link in the chain that brought the Bible to us: canonization, by which we mean the process of collecting the various inspired books together and calling them "The Bible."
How did that happen? Who decided? When was the decision made? We explore all of those questions right here.
Session 3 Audio
In this session, there was a handout for notes which is formatted the same way as last time (page 1 is on the right of the first page of the PDF, etc.). Download it here.
There was also a supplementary handout with extra information. Download it here.
Session 4: How Did We Get This? Part 3
The third link in the Bible-to-us chain is transmission, and that's what we discussed in this session. Transmission is about the way in which the biblical documents were copied and re-copied; the question is, "How do we know that all that copying didn't corrupt the text? How do we know that we have what the authors actually wrote?"
Note that this session featured two in-person exercises that have been taken out of the audio (because nobody wants to listen to two minutes of people furiously writing on paper).
Don't forget to download the handout for this session if you want to get the experience of filling in the blanks. We don't recommend that if you're listening while you're driving, though. There's also a text-critical analysis of Philippians 1 that was handed out in the session; click here to download it.
Session 4 Audio
Session 5: How Did We Get This? Part 4
The fourth and final link in the Bible-to-us chain is translation. The Bible, written in Hebrew, Greek, and a smattering of Aramaic, has been translated into thousands of languages; in this session we focus on the various English translations and ask an important question: "which translation is best?"
Want to fill in the blanks? Download the handout for this session.
Session 5 Audio
Session 6: The Importance of Context
Now that we know we can have confidence in the Bible, it's time to think about the question of finding its meaning. In this session, we discuss the importance of context, we talk about how taking the Bible out of context happens (and why that's a dangerous thing), and we take a look at the first three steps in getting to the Bible's meaning.
This session included some group work, which is omitted in the recording, but the follow-up discussion is included. As always, if you want to fill in the blanks (but not while you're operating heavy machinery), you can download the handout.
Session 6 Audio
Session 7: The World Behind the Text
It's time to investigate the first contextual world: the world behind the text. This world takes into account the various factors that were at play in the background at the time of the biblical writings that shaped the text, but that aren't explicitly stated in the text (because the author and recipients didn't need them to be stated).
This session included some group work, where we wrote down our questions about the text, and that part's been excluded from the recording. The notes sheet also wasn't very extensive, but you can download it if you want to make sure you have all the blanks filled in.
Session 7 Audio
Session 8: The World Within the Text, Part 1
Now we turn our attention to the second contextual world: the world within the text, which is all about the words and the way the words work together to convey ideas and create meaning. Because this world is so vast, we're tackling it over two weeks. This week, we talk about how to identify and study words.
There are a number of supplements for this lesson. There's the handout with blanks; there's a concordance of the words that we studied in this session (listen to the session for more details on that), and there's some extra information on the concept of semantic range. Read them all and you get 10 bonus points!
Session 8 Audio
Session 9: The World Within the Text, Part 2
The second aspect of the world within the text is how the words work together to convey meaning. In this session, we talk about how to find the idea of a passage, and introduce a tool that can help you understand how the words work together: sentence diagramming.
There's only one handout for this session (you can find it here), and it includes a primer on sentence diagramming and space to work on some homework.
Note that this session included a discussion time that's been removed from the recording. It also included watching one of the best Veggie Tales clips of all time. We've taken it out of the recording, but you can watch it below. It's definitely worth the 2.5 minutes!