Perichoresis Monthly Meeting July 2011

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Stuart Johnson – Understanding our Bias

This month will follow on from the last talk on Understanding our Bias.  This talk was the foundation for understanding why we think what we do and how this plays a significant role in how we read the Bible and how it affects our understanding of Scripture.  I will try to build on this and show how influences from outside the church have had a dire impact on the gospel. As we uncover more and more about the Nicene Tradition, many questions are being raised as to why some of the beliefs that were articulated in their writings often appear to contradict some passages in our modern translations.  This raises a great deal of suspicion over this period of history and this is very unfortunate.  At the same time, in some aspects of mainstream theology the message is very distorted and often can become very ugly. This is very unhelpful for those who are endeavouring to advance the cause of the gospel.

This month will follow on from the last talk on Understanding our Bias.  This talk was the foundation for understanding why we think what we do and how this plays a significant role in how we read the Bible and how it affects our understanding of Scripture.  I will try to build on this and show how influences from outside the church have had a dire impact on the gospel. As we uncover more and more about the Nicene Tradition, many questions are being raised as to why some of the beliefs that were articulated in their writings often appear to contradict some passages in our modern translations.  This raises a great deal of suspicion over this period of history and this is very unfortunate.  At the same time, in some aspects of mainstream theology the message is very distorted and often can become very ugly. This is very unhelpful for those who are endeavouring to advance the cause of the gospel.

Why is it so important to have the right starting point in Biblical Interpretation?  The Scripture was handed to us from the apostles who had a specific idea in mind as to how it should be understood.  When we drift from the context of who Jesus Christ is, we become wayward in our understanding and undisciplined in how we communicate this divine message.  Go to this Youtube video and see how far off and offensive the message can become when we lose grip on the reality of who Jesus Christ is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHDFi3jjRJU

Understanding our Bias Pt 1

Understanding our Bias Pt 2

(One day we did not quite shut our bedroom door. Lo and behold our toddler found her way into the bedroom and found my master CD’s for our peri videos. The very CD I found her chewing on was this one and teeth marks were across the outer edge and this session was damaged. I could only upload a low res version of this meeting I had on my computer. I apologise for the quality but this is the best alternative I could come up with.)