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Opinion on Dr. Joseph Schafer's testimony 
14th-Oct-2006 03:12 pm
As I talked about it in this post, Dr. Joseph Schafer makes some ridiculous claims about topical Bible study. He says the following in his testimony:

“The vast majority of preachers today use topical Bible study, bringing together passages from here and there to make a point. This method is popular, but it suffers from a severe drawback: the one preparing the message already has a preconceived idea of what the main point must be, so he rarely learns much beyond what he already knows. This method does not challenge one to deeply examine his own personal and cultural prejudices to see if they agree with the revealed truth in God’s word.”
17th-Oct-2006 04:46 am (UTC) - Penn State UBF Message
I found a message on Penn State UBF website. It is based on Heb 11:1-3. What a mess! The message is a theological garbage. The author of the message brings together Bible passages from here and there to make a mess. Then the author uses Greek mythology, E=MC**2 and DNA double helix structure to spice up the mess. It seems that the author was trying to study Hebrew 13:1-3 following expositional Bible study but it became a topical study of "hope" based on Hebrew 11:1-3. I think the author didn't have any idea what he/she was doing. I am not even sure if the author understood the "hope" described in the passage. My impression is that the author completely ignored the "hope" described in the related Bible passage. But failing to keep his/her unrestrained reasoning under check, the author went on with his/her "preconceived" idea of what "hope" must be even before deeply understadning the passage itself.
24th-Oct-2006 04:22 am (UTC) - Re: Penn State UBF Message
Being a former "Abraham of Faith" at Penn State UBF, I too was discussed on a few occasions in Dr. Joe's messages. I believe that the above Penn State UBF message was probably written by David Lemmon, co-director of PSU UBF. It sounds like something he'd throw in there.

Man, I can't believe I missed this thread for this long!

Though I still disagree with Dr. Joe in his opinion about topical Bible study, I can see where he was coming from. In UBF, topical Bible study never works because of the hierarchical model (to steal a statistics term) of UBF. The Bible teacher teaches and the student learns, and NOT vice-versa. When the Bible teacher learns, he does that on his own time and terms, so that no student or "sheep" ever plays a part in the growth of the shepherd. That way, the shepherd maintains the position of authority.

Outside of UBF, on the other hand, this is not the atmosphere which is fostered. You can find facsimiles of the above, but it's not the norm.
3rd-Feb-2007 09:04 pm (UTC) - Re: Penn State UBF Message

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