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Wordwise Insight, Issue #061
November 15, 2009

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BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): What does the Bible have to say about attending Bible college?

WORDWISE HYMNS: My Blog called Wordwise Hymns for you to check out!

MORE ARTICLES: A Pastoral Questionnaire for churches seeking a new pastor; an article on the value of Interim Pastorates

DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION? See below for how to send it to us.


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LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION? On a Bible topic or passage of Scripture? Or one about a hymn or gospel song? Click on Questions from You.



(Is attendance supported by the Bible?)

Question: (Laurie asks) I was wondering if there is Scripture background and basis for attending Bible School? If so could you please share the book, chapter and verse. Thanks.

Answer: What an interesting question! And since the Bible doesn't speak specifically of Bible schools, or Bible institutes, as we know them, we have to look at other factors and precedents. Basically, what we find in scanning the Word of God is that a Bible education and spiritual training have always been given a priority. Believers in every era availed themselves of the best opportunities possible to study the Scriptures and receive training to serve the Lord.

1) Since ancient times, the home has been recgnized as the first place where spiritual training is to be given. Moses told the Israelites, "These words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children" (Deut. 6:6-7; cf. Ps. 78:1-8). That is where Timothy got his early spiritual training (I Tim. 1:5; 3:14-15).

2) There were traveling teachers in Israel in Old Testament times (II Chron. 17:9). And on some occasions the people gathered together to receive instruction from men such as Ezra (Ezra 7:10; Neh. 8:1-8). In addition, apparently there were local schools in towns such as Bethel and Jericho, where "the sons of the prophets" were trained (II Kgs. 2:3, 5). We know these were residential institutions because one group constructed a building to accommodate themselves (II Kgs. 6:1-2).

3) There is a wonderful Bible school presented to us in the New Testament–though it is never called that. The Lord Jesus, the Master Teacher, spent about three years with twelve men, teaching and preparing them to evangelize and build His church, after He ascended back into heaven. These men, in the power of the Holy Spirit, turned the world upside down...

To see the full article, click on Bible College.


Come and Pay Us a Visit!

In the spring I developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

A Special Feature
There is something unique about this blog that I don't believe has ever been done before. It contains what we could call a Hymn Almanac. If you want to know what happened in the history of hymn writing on any particular day, just click on the blog and you'll see!

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click Wordwise Hymns.


Here are two additional articles that may be of use to you and your church.

☼ One is a questionnaire that can be adapted and used when interviewing a prospective pastoral candidate.

☼ The other is an article describing the value of having an interim pastor for a period of time, before hiring a senior pastor who will be expected to stay for some years.

Pastoral Questionnaire

Interim Pastorates

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