If you’re like me, you take particular delight in getting to know a man of God, or of the clergy. One who is quite suited for the task of inter-city services or not, or have a current and ongoing ministry or not is irrelevant, they all commonly exhibit the passion within their preparedness, and is a joy to see.
One afternoon back there in about 1985, I was sitting on the front porch having one of those leisurely chats, and was not the first. This day was different. This day the man of God was going to introduce me to an uncomfortable awareness. In discussing issues, conditions and related considerations, we began to bounce scripture off each other till I heard those words, , “No-no, you’ve got to get into the ancient Greek!”
Well, I said, is the common bible student’s study a diluted form?
With a controlled smile he replied, “Wellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll, , , no!”
This was many years ago, and my preacher friend passed away a few months ago. The thing I have picked up since then is this. While I could have followed other friends to area courses in classical Greek, I ask myself why, , Only to be confronted with counters from other theologians?
How nice it would be to pool somehow the knowledge and create one more Biblopedia, one for a once and for all church understanding. Something I have learned to do on my own.