Understand The God Who Speaks
Upcoming Guest Speaker
Tim Mackie & Jonathan Collins
Topic: Staying Spiritual According to the Bible
Date and Time: October 18, 2021 at 4:00 PM Central Standard Time. Catch us live on our Facebook or YouTube channel “Understand The God Who Speaks.“
Discovering how the Bible is a magnificent work of literature that invites us into the story of Jesus—this is what Tim is all about.
For many years Tim Mackie served as a pastor and part-time professor at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. These days, he spends most of his time researching, writing, and offering creative direction at BibleProject.
Tim’s spiritual journey began with loving parents, who waited patiently for him to discover Jesus in his late teens. He started following Jesus because of an outreach ministry called Skatechurch.
Tim was introduced to the wonderful world of biblical studies and languages during his education at Multnomah University. He fell in love with biblical literature and developed a passion for understanding Jesus in his historical and cultural context.
Tim was so fascinated with Jesus’ Jewish heritage that he went on to pursue a degree in theology from Western Seminary and then gained a PhD in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His early research and writing interests focused on the manuscript history of the Bible and the formation of the biblical canon. All along, Tim was fascinated with the literary artistry and design of biblical narrative and poetry. But most of all, he loved helping people understand how the overall biblical story works together and leads us to Jesus.
Currently, Tim resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Jessica, and two rambunctious and amazing little boys.
If you want to see the projects I’m working on, check out thebibleproject.com. I also have a podcast called Exploring My Strange Bible. It’s an anthology of my lectures, sermons, and classroom teachings, collected over the last 10 years. They’ve been brought together to help you take a deeper dive into the Scriptures and the language and history of the Bible.
Jonathan Collins is a writer, director and businessman who lives in Portland Oregon with his wife and two boys. Jon is Cofounder and Chairman of BibleProject, an education technology nonprofit for biblical studies. Previously, Jon owned and operated Epipheo, an animation studio making educational explainers. He has worked with Fortune 100 companies and with hundreds of startups to help explain complicated ideas through animation. Jon got his bachelor’s degree in Bible and Theology at Multnomah University in Portland, OR.
Why We Need To Study The Deeper Things Of God
To understand the God who speaks, we put the scripture under a magnifying glass to find a profound and deeper meaning in the text. It is said by a wise theologian, “A text without a context is a pretext to make the scripture say anything you want.” Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit our quest is the discovery of biblical truth in its setting.
Today’s generation wants answers, not on a superficial level but on a deeper level of truth and understanding. Biblical truth has the simplicity of a child and the complexity of a great thinker. Combine the two and you have the best of both worlds for a contemporary people.
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