Tag: Randy McCracken (page 1 of 2)
At the end of the year I mentioned two exciting pieces of news for 2016. The first is that our family is moving to Seattle on March the 1st (more on that to come), and the second piece of news is this: a podcast!
Character studies can be a mixed bag. Often the teacher will find what they want to find in a character’s story; proof-texting by means of name-dropping. Often studies will be driven by the teacher’s own agenda or fancies, moreso than a sensitivity towards the interests of the Biblical text(s). Often we will hear moralising tales not too different to “___ is bad; don’t be bad.” or “____ is good; be good too”. Alas, character studies are a dangerous game to play. So can they be done right? Enter Exhibit A: Family Portraits: Character Studies in 1 and 2 Samuel by Randy McCracken (website). Family Portraits has restored my faith in character studies being both an academic and yet devotional pursuit. The key here is that Randy has a wonderful grasp of the biblical text of 1-2 Samuel, and his numerous practical applications are driven by the text and not his own imagination. Here we will not find fanciful connections or interpretations of character’s motives, but neither will we find dry academia for academia’s sake. These two pitfalls are cancelled out through Randy’s tightrope-walking performance.
My friend and fellow-teacher at Calvary Chapel Bible College York, Randy McCracken, has been blogging for a while now and producing very enjoyable and insightful posts that skilfully blend scholarship and devotional concerns. This newest one – How David Killed Goliath: Are You Sure? – is my favourite so far.
Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders To Better Understand The Bible, E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien, Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2012.