Introduction to I Samuel

I personally love biblical narratives. Like many of you who were privileged to grow up in Christian homes and attending sunday school, i cut my teeth on “bible Stories”. As interesting as those narratives are as stories, they can be challenging for the teacher, because narrative, as Lelan Ryken says, “proceeds by indirection.” That is, the writers seldom do us the favor of saying, as in Aesop’s Fables, here is the lesson you should learn. One has to read…

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  1. Heard the program.Are you a calvinist? I enjoyed the study.

  2. Hi Tom –

    First of all, thanks for listening to The Final Word. Always nice to hear from our audience.

    I am a man who normally prefers direct answers. However if I say, yes, I am a Calvinist, that is a bit like saying, yes, I am a Baptist. Those answers might suggest that what I believe and teach is informed and limited by those traditions, which is not the case.

    With no bravado intended, I always told my students (and people) that I am simply a radical biblicist. That just means that I start with the premise that what the Bible teaches, God teaches and that is the final word (sound familiar?) in any matter of Christian faith and practice. So the Scriptures, not any theological or ecclesiastical tradition, are my compass and plumb line.

    That said, it so happens that in my view John Calvin in most respects accurately reflected the teaching of Scripture and thus it is natural that I sound like a Calvinist and I am fine with that in most respects. But just understand, I don’t consult JC or the Westminister Confession before I teach. My intention is to discover as best as I can what the Bible teaches and let the chips fall where they will. If the result defines me as a Calvinist I am good with that moniker, so long as the preamble is understood.

    God bless.

    Jim Andrews

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