Online Bible Studies

Overview

Note: meeting times may change with daylight savings time, so always check this page to see the up-to-date meeting times.

There are three online Bible studies that this site runs: a general Bible study, a Greek study, and a Hebrew study. All studies are held and recorded in the same Zoom room, which is open to the public:

The Greek and Hebrew studies are presently on Sundays at 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (see conversion to your local time) alternating weeks (so in a given four-week month, the Greek study will meet twice and the Hebrew study will meet twice). They typically run about an hour. In these language studies, some weeks are focused on learning (e.g., grammar and syntax), while others are focused on going through portions of the biblical text.

The general Bible study is presently on Saturdays (every week) at 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (see conversion to your local time), and it typically lasts a bit longer, more on the order of two hours. We are currently working our way through BB6A: Peripateology, a written study from Ichthys that discusses the Christian Walk.

Schedule

Please note: the Greek and Hebrew studies are on temporary hiatus Until further notice, the Greek and Hebrew studies are on hiatus. Once my ministry website is more stabilized and my time less stressed, I will start them back up. I'll notify the mailing list when this is happening, but the meetings will also be added to the calendar of this section.

You can bookmark this section to quickly view the embedded Google Calendar, or you can access the calendar directly.

The event titles describe the topic of each individual study. For example, what topic will be covered in a learning week of the Greek study, what biblical text will be gone through in a text week of the Hebrew study, etc.

These studies are recorded and then posted publicly to YouTube. How this works in practice is that after chatting casually for a few minutes (to give folks a bit of wiggle room on the start time), I’ll announce that I’m rolling the recording, after which point things proceed more formally.

When the recording is rolling, things are kept as anonymous and impersonal as possible. First names only are used, personal details and circumstances are avoided, and only discussion that is appropriate for a public audience is had.

If anything is said that really shouldn’t be public, it is possible for me to edit it out in post-production, but it costs me a lot of time. (It is much simpler for me to just upload the full recording unedited). For this reason, I strongly urge all participants to be mindful of what you say at all times.

Note that if you want for me to pause the recording for a time, that is simple to do. For example, if you want to ask some questions about your personal circumstances but don’t want such discussion to end up on the public recording, you can simply request that we pause the recording for a time.

It’s perfectly fine if you are late in joining a study, but do keep in mind that you will likely then be joining at a point when the recording is already rolling. As a general rule, there is time at the beginning and end to chat more casually, so if you are new and come in partway, you are welcome to participate in the focused discussion the second you enter, but there may not be a meet-and-greet sort of time for you until after the recording is switched off.

What’s the point of the recordings?

The recordings are beneficial to people in the studies because they:

  1. Make it easy to go back and review things we’ve talked about.
  2. Make it easy for someone who missed a week to stay up-to-speed.

While it would be possible to have both of these advantages without having the recordings be completely public, making them completely public means that they have the potential to be helpful to absolutely everyone that might want to make use of them.

Caveats with the recordings

Please see /about-the-site/#caveats-with-recordings-of-study-groups.

Privacy and safety

These Bible studies are completely open, meaning that anyone who clicks on the link above can join. This is advantageous since it means everyone who is interested can participate without having to communicate with me beforehand, but it does potentially open us up to bad actors.

Due to the potential issues, there is a strict zero-tolerance policy with regards to unacceptable behavior.

These studies are not the place for argument and debate

While myself and other participating teachers do take pains to not be completely authoritarian, these studies are intended to be a place of discussion for people who are legitimately interested in the things taught by this ministry, Ichthys, Bible Academy, and so on.

As a rule of thumb, people who listen and ask good questions are always welcome – whatever their exact theological persuasion. What I am attempting to get across here is that people who will argue with every single point made and refuse to accept the authority of any of the teachers involved may want to consider looking for a place that is actually explicitly dedicated to apologetics and theological debate, since these studies are not. In other words, to keep these studies focused, we stick more-or-less solely to discussion of the teaching being put forth as true, so if it is theological debate you are looking for (not necessarily a bad thing), this just isn’t really the right place.

(To be clear, this has less to do with top-down censoring of differing points of view, and more to do with the fact that our time together is very limited, and most people participating would prefer to spend it on discussion rather than debate, if that makes sense).