Series What Goes Without Being Said

Author and educator Randy Richards returns to the table with the Discover the Word group to help us explore more ways our Western/individualistic perspective can limit our understanding of the Bible--a book written from an Eastern/collectivist perspective. Randy likes to say that "If individualists are apple trees, then collectivists are orange trees. Neither one is better than the other, but they are very different." So, understanding collectivism, and how collectivists are different from us individualists, will help us to read the Bible better, because we'll be able to notice “what went without being said” in biblical stories. As Randy also likes to say, "Generalizations are always wrong and usually helpful," and so join the group as he illustrates that in fascinating ways in these two weeks of conversations on Discover the Word.

Dates November 30-December 11, 2020
# of Programs 10
At The Table Bill Crowder, Elisa Morgan, Daniel Ryan Day and guest Randy Richards
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Part 1 - 11/30/20

Viewing The World Through The Lens Of Our Culture

Whether we recognize it or not, we all view the world through a lens, influenced greatly by the culture in which we live. And today on Discover the Word,  the team and special guest Randy Richards discuss the difference between individualistic and collectivist cultures, and how those differences affect our understanding of Scripture. Join the conversation, today on Discover the Word!

Part 2 - 12/01/20

Discover The Biblical View Of Gift Giving

Every culture has different gift-giving customs. And ancient Israel was no exception! Today on Discover the Word, the team and special guest Randy Richards discuss the biblical view of gift-giving, and explain how understanding the idea of patronage can deepen our understanding of our relationship with God! Join us today for Discover the Word!

Part 3 - 12/02/20

What Importance Does Loyalty And Gratitude Play In Middle Eastern Culture?

Jesus freely offers His gift of salvation to whoever will accept it. But does He expect anything in return? Today on Discover the Word, the team, and special guest Randy Richards look at the importance of loyalty and gratitude through the lens of Middle Eastern culture. Join us for the series, “What Went Without Being Said,” as we continue to look at the culture in which the Bible was written, today on Discover the Word!

Part 4 - 12/03/20

The Role Of The Ancient Middlemen

These days, business is all about cutting out the middleman, to getting the cheapest price. But in ancient Israel, brokers or mediators played an indispensable role. Today on Discover the Word, the team and special guest Randy Richards look at ancient middlemen and the Holy Spirit’s similar role on our behalf. Tune in today for Discover the Word!

Part 5 - 12/04/20

Interceding On Our Behalf

You’ve likely heard that the Holy Spirit “intercedes” on our behalf. But you may not realize that that description of the Holy Spirit’s role is rooted in the ancient idea of brokerage. Today on Discover the Word, the team and special guest Randy Richards consider how the ancient definition of brokerage enhances our reading of the Bible. Another fascinating conversation today on Discover the Word!

Part 6 - 12/07/20

Discover How Honor Plays A Major Role In Scripture

The concept of honor doesn’t come up very often in our western culture. But in Jesus’ day, in His eastern culture, honor was a big deal—so much so that Jesus was killed over it! Today on Discover the Word, the team, and special guest Randy Richards discuss how the idea of honor plays a major role in Scripture—even when the word itself may be absent. Tune in today to Discover the Word!

Part 7 - 12/08/20

What Is The Meaning Of “Honor Contests” In The Eastern Culture?

You’ve heard of baking contests and talent contests. But have you ever heard of an honor contest? Today on Discover the Word, the team and special guest Randy Richards explore the meaning of “honor contests” in the ancient world of the Bible, and in eastern cultures today and discuss how it relates to Jesus and the resurrection.  Join the conversation, today on Discover the Word!

 

Part 8 - 12/09/20

How Shame Was An Assumed Part Of The Eastern Culture

When we do something wrong, we might feel ashamed of our actions. But in Jesus’ time, the idea of shame was much more complex. Today on Discover the Word, the team, and special guest Randy Richards explore the biblical concept of shame, and how it was an assumed part of that culture. Join us today for Discover the Word!

Part 9 - 12/10/20

What Is The Beneficial Experience Of Shame?

In our culture, we view shame as a negative thing and do everything we can to avoid it. But what if feeling shame was actually a beneficial experience? Today on Discover the Word, the team, and special guest Randy Richards discuss how shame is used in Scripture because it was part of their eastern culture. Take a seat at the table, today for Discover the Word!

Part 10 - 12/11/20

How Healthy Boundaries Play A Role In Our Relationships

Psychologists tell us that healthy relationships require boundaries. So, is that something new that’s been discovered? Today on Discover the Word, the team, and special guest Randy Richards discuss that even in ancient times, people understood the role of boundaries in forming healthy communities. Don’t miss the conclusion of the series called, “What Goes Without Being Said,” today on Discover the Word!

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