An Easter Gift for You

Hello, friends!

Somehow, despite personal and family health challenges for the past three months, I have managed to put together something for you about which I’m very excited. For those of you who were able to attend February’s Your Biblical Breakthrough! Training Telesummit and followed the four lessons through to the last one, you know that I taught on how to use a Gospel synopsis Bible study tool. Oh dear, how I love those things. These simple-genius tools can open your eyes to things you never noticed before in the Gospels.

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With Easter in mind, as well (as I write, Easter is tomorrow), I decided that I would create a small packet for you whereby you can read the crucifixion and resurrection accounts, Gospel-synopsis style.

You can access that here. This will open a file in my dropbox account. You’ll be able to view and download the file. I encourage you to download it, so you can refer to it, make annotations, or print it out for your convenience.

Once again, you can get that packet here:

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Behind Door #2

And to help you more fully understand what you are reading, I am also giving you access to my session from February’s YBB! Training Telesummit, in which I taught about using a synopsis: what it is, what it does, and how to use it.

You can view that training video here. (FYI: It’s about an hour of training.)

Behind Door #3

Finally, here is the downloadable gift I gave to people who attended that telesummit session. In this doc, I provide all of the pertinent notes, as well as the names for and many links to resources I referenced.

Here’s another link to that resource:

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Please Comment on What You Learn from This Post

Once you have a chance to take a look at these resources, please let me know in the comments below what you gained from it. Did you have some new insight? New question? Are you now as in love with the Gospel synopsis tool as I am?

Please share. And please feel free to share this post with someone to whom you think it may bring some encouragement and hope.

Happy, Blessed Easter to You!

I hope this helps you dive more deeply into Easter: all that our Savior and Lord has done for us, the power of God, and the hope we now have because of the resurrection.


Grammatical-Historical and Historical-Critical Methods, Explained and Compared

Have you seen or heard of the terms “grammatical-historical” and “historical-critical” methods of interpretation?

Are you clear on them? If these confuse or intimidate you, I highly recommend you take 45 minutes and get a sense of exactly what they are, how they are practiced, the philosophies/perspectives that birthed each method, and, of course, how they impact you. These aids will help you do that fairly quickly, in about 45 minutes:

  1. First, get a tutorial through two brief but very helpful answers on a wiki site called the “Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange” (
  2. Next, read “The Presuppositions of the Historical-Grammatical Methods as Employed by Historic Lutheranism” by Raymond F. Surburg, which one of the wiki respondents references. In it, Surburg summarizes much of what many Christians, scholars or not, practice, either de facto or de jure, when interpreting.