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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
— John 1:1-5 (KJV)
Note: All of the documents linked on this page were once in FlashPaper format. I initially chose that approach so Greek and Hebrew glyphs would be embedded directly in each document, without the need to install anything else separately.
At the time, it seemed like a safe bet in terms of compatibility. However, Adobe opted to discontinue support for Flash Player at the end of December 2020.
As such, I "printed" each of my theology papers from within FlashPaper to PDF. This process had the unfortunately side effect of changing text characters into vector shapes. As such, the PDF files themselves are not fully accessible.
I regret this. Alas, I no longer have access to the originals.
Exegesis of Mark
Here are a few papers I did for my New Testament Exegesis class on the Gospel of Mark. Exegesis means to "read out of" the text, as opposed to Eisegesis, which means to "read into" the text something that isn't there. If you didn't know those definitions, don't worry, neither did I!
Mark 1st Read-Through - As if reading Mark for the first time
Limited Good in Mark - Operating in the mindset of scarcity
Final Paper on Mark - Exegesis and author comparison
Exegesis of Exodus
Here are the papers I wrote for my Exegesis of Exodus class. This course involved heavy use of the Hebrew language, dissecting the grammar and syntax, and comparing them against various English translations.
I took the CL615 seminary class via correspondence while living in Boise, Idaho. For my final paper, I researched homelessness in the state capitol. I focused specifically on the Boise Rescue Mission, which helps men overcome alcohol and drug addiction and get back on their feet . The ministry was involved in a lawsuit over constitutional separation of church and state.
Faith Healing Counseling
This pertains to counseling in situations where people have been burned by promises of riches or physical relief. When initially doing research, I figured there would be hard evidence that faith healing works. What I found however, was a string of cases gone awry, and a solid Harvard study in which those prayed for actually fared worse in their recovery time from heart surgery.
Society & Culture
Here is an older paper I wrote for one of my sociology classes when I was in college. It examines how we as consumers pay to be entertained by casual stereotypes and tropes in Hollywood movies.
My Theological Method
Here are a few papers I wrote for my Preaching 610 class and Method & Praxis class, respectively. The first outlines my understanding of what makes effective preaching, the second covers a basic testamonial and what shapes my day to day understanding of theology.
Here is a final notebook I wrote up for my Doctrine 690 class, John Wesley's Theology for Today. I really liked the curriculum, as it was great to read what Wesley thought about various theological topics. I was surprised to realize just how much he emphasized holiness and the role of the Holy Spirit in sanctification.
New Testament Intro
Here are two papers from my NT Intro class at seminary. One of them, a hypothetical case study of Peter, was co-written by myself and several other students, and I was the editor. The other, A Lesson in Foolishness, I wrote for my final project. It pertains to the book of Galatians.
When I was in Estonia, I was able to preach a sermon at my wife's home church (her dad is the pastor). I preached on Galatians chapter 3 and she translated.
- Sermon Notes - June 29, 2003.
Genesis Chapter 3
Here is the final paper that I did in my Old Testament Hebrew class, not to be confused with the class about the New Testament book of Hebrews.
- Genesis 3:1-19 - Hebrew grammar analysis
Inductive Bible Study
Below, you will find various assignments I've done for my Inductive Bible Study (IBS) classes at Asbury. So far, I've taken IBS classes about the books of Matthew and Hebrews.
College Bible Study
Below you can download some of the Bible study topics that I did while a student at Washington State University. I co-led a Bible study that went for 36 weeks, and below are the 18 topics that I covered when I was able to lead.
Week 01 - Leaving home, new beginnings
Week 02 - God as our avenger, following the September 11th attacks
Week 03 - Bridging the gap between God and man
Week 04 - Friendships to die for, a look at Jonathan and David
Week 05 - The names of Christ
Week 06 - Prayer and faith, talking and listening to the Lord
Week 07 - Fires of testing: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
Week 08 - Called by name: Samson, Jeremiah, and Jesus
Week 09 - The life of John the Baptist
Week 10 - Having a thankful Heart
Week 11 - The character of the disciple Peter
Week 12 - Slaves to righteousness
Week 13 - Listening to the voice of the king
Week 14 - Obedience to the will of God
Week 15 - The Lord's Prayer
Week 16 - The armor of God
Week 17 - God's earthen vessels
Week 18 - Living life outside the box