I am about to complete my Masters of Divinity (MDiv) - Biblical Studies w/ emphasis on the Old Testament - from Bethel University. I have been teaching Bible classes regularly for the past 10 years. Many of the classes (w/ powerpoint) are located at www.figtreeteaching.com.
When I first became a Christian I began attending a Messianic Synagogue and discovered the importance of understanding the cultural context of the New Testament. That has been my focus ever since. So much of the "meaning" of the New Testament isn't explicitly written but would be understood through the cultural nuances in either Israel (Gospels) or the Roman Empire (Paul's epistles).
My other passion is spiritual growth (called Spiritual Formation in Seminary speak). I would encourage everyone to work with a spiritual coach. You cannot understand the magnitude of spiritual growth unless you've actually experienced it. One of the most important aspects of spiritual growth is forgiveness. Christians tend to focus on the forgiveness from God of our sins but there is just as much emphasis in the text of the ability to forgive others.
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