Java With the Judges: A Coffee Cup Bible Study
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Sandra Glahn is one of a handful of female professors at Dallas Theological Seminary, where she also serves as editor-in-chief of DTS's award-wining magazine, Kindred Spirit. She holds a master of theology degree from DTS and is currently involved in doctoral studies at the the University Texas at Dallas. Sandra is the coauthor of four nonfiction titles and three fiction works, including the Christ mystery/suspense finalist and CBA bestselling medical thriller, Lethal harvest. Sandra has written and taught women's Bible studies at her church since 1994.
Wanted: Extraordinary Bible studies for ordinary people, scholarly explanations-but in plain English.
Found : Sandra Glahn's remarkable Coffee Cup Series! Glahn sets theological content into a conversational style for any reader to enjoy.
Kelley Matthews, ThM, coauthor New Doors in Ministry to Women
Sandra Glahn skillfully weaves biblical examples with modern-day experience. Great for any individual or group"
Katy Anderson Ministry to Women Coordinator Bent Tree Bible Fellowship
tgr684 Stars Out Of 5June 28, 2009tgr68Engaging and thought provoking study! Offers plenty of opportunities for self-reflection and application of scripture.The sections the book is broken down into can be a bit intimidating in length, though.Overall a very good! I could recommend.
Nancy Keith5 Stars Out Of 5October 3, 2008Nancy KeithI am really enjoying this study and plan to use it with my study group in January and February. I will also be ordering other books in the series to use as well.
Mary E. DeMuth5 Stars Out Of 5July 1, 2006Mary E. DeMuthWhat a tremendous resource Java with the Judges is! I'd read through Judges a bit perplexed, thankful to study the book in depth through the lenses of Glahn's impeccable research and warm writing style. I'm forever thankful for her insights, particularly this: "Even our flaws can't thwart God's purposes." She presents the judges as flawed, earthy folk and rightly points out God's sovereignty and power, despite loving a people prone to stray. I particularly enjoyed Glahn's discussion of women, how she debunks some common myths and elevates women in the process. An overall refreshing Bible study!
Emily W.5 Stars Out Of 5June 28, 2006Emily W.For the woman who desires a more in-depth study in the Word of God (specifically the book of Judges), but with practical/devotional applicationslook no further! In a book of the Bible where failure to do the right thing is commonplace, Sandras insightful commentary challenges the readers own personal relationship with God. The book is perfect for small a group of women who want to start a Bible study, a Sunday School class, or just for the individual wanting to gain a further understanding into Judges. You will be blessed.
A reader5 Stars Out Of 5May 10, 2006A readerThe Good Guys, The Good and the Reluctant, Good and Bad, Good or Bad?, Samson the Conflicted, The Ugly... sounds like the cast of characters for a mini-series, right? Welcome to Java with the Judges.Ms. Glahn's flair for humor, her conversational approach and her scholarly research combine to present Israel's judges as real people. Creative, conflicted, confused at times... Israel's own mini-drama. But Java with the Judges is not just a portrait gallery of Israel's top judges. Glahn takes readers from Biblical observation, to interpretation, to personal application. Yep, even the book of Judges has something applicable for each of us.One final note: Glahn suggests engaging God through this study with all five senses. Using the resources she provides on her website, you actually CAN create your own portrait gallery of Israel's top judges. Talk about a Bible Study that sticks with you!
Located in: Dallas, TX
Submitted: May 17, 2006
Tell us a little about yourself. Fifth-generation Oregonian. I believe we need to engage the five senses in our study of God's word. I'm a wife of one husband, mother of one child, and teacher of wonderful students at Dallas Seminary (DTS).I'm working on a PhD in Humanities - Aesthetic Studies after earning my ThM at DTS. I love Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky and Handel's Messiah. I also write medical thrillers (Lethal Harvest, Deadly Cure, False Positive). I think believers need to use our "sanctified imaginations." A developed imagination helps us imagine what it's like to be someone else, which in turn helps us "do unto others as we would have them do unto us."
What was your motivation behind this project? After years of doing Bible study, both solo and in a group, I envisioned the kind of study I would most like...one that allowed active study on weekdays, passive devotionals (aimed at application) on the weekends, small enough to go in a diaper bag, that included the entire Bible text I'd need so I would not have to carry a heavy Bible to the doctor's office with me to study during free minutes; one that lent itself well to both individual and group study; one that appealed to more than the visual-only participant; and one that wasn't written like the writer had a perfect Christian life. It needed to have a binding I could file on my bookshelf but that had a spiral on it so I could write on it without the book flipping open. Voila! The Coffee Cup Bible Series.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? A life-changing encounter with the living God as the reader meets Him in His Word.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? One big influence on this book was the group at www.soulpersuit.com, who interacted artistically with the Espresso with Esther study. Some participants were non-artists, yet each found a way to give expession to her contemplations. What participants created is available for viewing on that site. I love the stories of Deborah, Jael, Hulduh, Samson's mother, and Hannah, each of whom appear in the pages of this particular study. Another of the Coffee Cup books considers Esther. There's also Mocha on the Mount (Sermon on the Mount) and Solomon Latte (Song of Songs).
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: My web site at www.aspire2.com has additional info that relates to each study. For example with the Java with the Judges study, I have links to art in which Samson or Deborah are portrayed, and links to additional study resources.
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