“Greek Life” @ Cary Christian School – Training the Next Generation of Reformers

[Some All Saints Day (and late “Reformation Day”) musings, tying together my dual roles as a high school Biblical Greek teacher and a student of church history.]

Martin Luther did not mean to start the Reformation. In 1517, Luther, a teacher of theology in Germany, posted some items for an academic discussion on the church door in Wittenberg (really a community bulletin board back then).  At this point in his career, he had no intention to break away from the Roman Catholic church—as a “doctor” of theology Luther had the right, and the obligation, to express concerns about the church. Luther was attacking the practices of some extreme “indulgence preachers” who were basically selling get-out-of-Purgatory-free cards (indulgences). Luther had no idea how far up the chain of authority this corruption went. In fact, Pope Leo X gave his official blessing to this indulgence fund-raiser in order to finance his massive building project at St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in Christendom. Continue reading

Keep Your Greek – Review

Keep Your Greek: Strategies for Busy PeopleKeep Your Greek: Strategies for Busy People by Constantine R. Campbell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This short book is a must-read for anyone who is studying, has studied, or wants to study Biblical Greek. Actually, it has useful tips for studying any language, especially “academic” languages and the Biblical languages. Con Campbell, a professor at Moore Theological College, has distilled a wealth of learning and practical insight for those of us who struggle with Greek. I’ve taught Koine (Biblical) Greek for about 7 years now, to juniors and seniors at a Christian school. I wish I had this book when I started teaching!!! I’ve had to learn things the hard way (I’m still learning them), and Campbell’s book would have helped me to teach much more effectively.

Campbell’s book began as a series of blog posts, and he includes some of the comments to his original blog posts in this book. It preserves the interactive feel of a blog, and the blog-readers have their own important contributions and tips which are quite helpful.

Each chapter begins with a short observation on the practical and theological value of learning Biblical Greek from a recognized scholar. I especially liked Dr. Daniel Wallace’s admission that he nearly failed his first year of Greek! I guess there’s hope for the rest of us.

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(Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Zondervan book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.)