Showing posts from July, 2023

Update on BSI

Update on the Biblical Studies Institute of Blacksburg : After two years of classes (2021-2023), there are no plans at this time for BSI classes this fall or next spring. Our two language groups (Hebrew and Greek) will continue independently as informal studies with their instructors. There's been a drop in attendance over the two years, and we've lost some momentum. As well, my own schedule needs to be more open for travel and meeting family obligations at this time.  There are quite a few options for continued study in the Bible and theology: the Bradley Study Center, local Bible study groups, International Christian class at BCF, Abound women's ministry, and BCF adult electives, where some of our BSI instructors are currently teaching. For online study I recommend There is no shortage of good resources! Thank you, to all those who have been involved in the classes! May the Lord use what you have learned, that you might be a blessing to many others.

knowing and willing

"Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."  (Matthew 6:10 ESV) "If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority." (John 7:17 ESV) "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure."  (Philippians 2:12-13 ESV) Is the knowledge of God merely an activity of the mind? What is the relationship between the mind and the will when in comes to knowing God in a living way? How does the desire to do God's will, and to obey, relate to a true knowledge of God?  Abraham Kuyper (1837--1920), Dutch theologian, church leader, and prime minister of the Netherlands, wrote about this...  Being and Will in God are not two, but one. God’s will is the crystal-pure expr