The Parables of Jesus DVD, Deeper Connections Series
Good learning tool to seeing thing different!
We are a sm. group watching this DVD. Everyone seems to be getting something out of it for all levels of learning. Some of the studies are so incredible that you have to share them with others. Easy to work with. It's been going house to house with the home owner leading. So it;'s easy.
Only marked the quality down because it is kind of weird that the speakers never look at the camera.
March 13, 2012
Great for adult Sunday school
If you think you can't learn anything more about the parables, then this is for you! Has a lot about the historical context of the parables that you may not know.
November 21, 2011
A little too much 'literary license'
The idea behind the series is great, diving deeper into Jesus' parables and applying them to today. My problem with this series as with a number of otherwise good small group curriculum is the literary license some use to 'add' to the gospel. For example in the second topic, The Two Debtors, Dr. Burge does a great job giving insight into how societal custom and Jewish law played such a huge role in how the the woman was viewed and how that impacted not only the parable, but how those listening would understand it. The problem is he takes it too far, by adding conjecture and possibilities and passing them off as fact. Some of what he suggests might have happen, maybe even everything, but the fact is, it isn't recorded in scripture and since he wasn't there, he should qualify his additions as such. Nothing more than possibilities. Instead, what we get instead of the Gospel according to Luke, is the Gospel according to Dr. Burge. If this were a movie, he can have that license. Considering this is a small group series being viewed by many people with all types of biblical knowledge, he and everyone else should stick to what is written and known, not to what is thought and suspected.
January 24, 2011
Zondervan's "Deeper Connections" is an excellent resource for the church or any small group. Matt Williams, the general editor of the series, has gathered together a solid group of scholars who are experts in their fields, but who can also communicate to the church. The series contains a dvd and participant's guide (both purchased separately). The dvd and guide are designed to follow a three-part pattern: a close look at the original meaning of the biblical text, attention to the historical and cultural background, and an encouraging and challenging application of the text's meaning for today. Thus, each study is broken up into three short segments that take small groups deeper into various texts of the Gospels. Between each of these teaching segments, there is time for group discussion. Jarrett Stevens, the host, introduces each section from a different location in Israel which is always interesting and helpful.So far my small group has gone through the two dvds and it has produced a lot of valuable and fruitful conversations. The teachers have all shown a great balance of challenging us to understand the texts and applying them to our lives. The dvd allows room for discussion, and the participants guide is clear and practical as it helps initiate conversations with relevant and challenging questions. The participant's guide also has a section for five days of personal reflection that centers on the text that was just studied.Overall, Deeper Connections is a great Bible study series that challenges both our hearts and our minds and seeks to deepen our relationship with Jesus. It has definitely risen above my expectations. While I have often felt like other Bible studies (not all) try to transform lives through good concepts with a Bible quote here or there, this series is firmly rooted Scripture. As it stands, my small group plans on purchasing the other dvd studies.
April 21, 2010