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|Coffee With Paul Classroom
is an international
Institute for the Art of Biblical Conversation.
|We offer online LIVE and recorded classes
for people who take Bible study seriously.
|For more on our teachers, Click Here . . .|
|We focus on
responsible, contextual, and conversational
If You Are the Kind of Person . . .
Who asks your teachers “Why?”
Study the English Bible only. High-quality Bible study for those who want more.
This “live” group is warm and accepting, and it will challenge you to think!
- Live Online Classes
- Real discussion every day, 24/7 access
- Women & Men of all ages.
- Working, Retired, Busy.
- Members are from all Locations and all Backgrounds
- This group is also called IC2 or Inner Circle 2.
- First Month Trial Membership for $1
- Click Here Now.
Study the Greek NT (and OT) and improve your Greek ability. If you don’t know Greek, we teach you. If you have studied Greek, we put you on a team of Greek translators. A very special group.
If you select this group, you also have full access to the English Text group above.
- Hands-on Greek NT Translation Study Project
- You must have had some Greek already OR be willing to learn it
- A unique study opportunity with a motivated team
- This group is also called IC3 or Inner Circle 3.
- First Month Trial Membership for $1
- Click Here Now
Study the Bible in Greece With Us—–2016!
May 5-14 or May 5-21
Choose either 10 days or 17 days!
Days 1-10 (May 5-14):
9 full days of land travel.
(Return home on day 10.)
Days 9-17 (add May 15-21):
Or, on day 9, board a cruise ship for 8 more days
and go to places like Ephesus, Rhodes, Crete, and more.
(Return home on day 17.)
This will be a teaching journey with 3 very capable Bible and archaeology teachers.
Naturally, we will also have various tour guides along the way.
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This link will show “all inclusive pricing!”
Also, the link will say “10 Days in Greece.”
However, at the bottom click “Enhance My Trip” for the additional 9 days.
What about Safety?
We are watching that, too; safety is at the center of our planning. Remember, we (Gary, Mike, and Richard) are on the trip as well, so safety is an important concern for all of us.
Why Our Trip is Different from Many Others
We specially designed this trip ourselves for those interested not only in Paul, but the background and foreground of Paul as well. For background, we have included some sites important for Paul’s prehistory; for foreground, we have included some sites almost always overlooked in “Journey’s of Paul” tours. These would have to do with the production and preservation of Greek manuscripts after the time of Paul. (In other words, how his letters were preserved.) While all tours can be wonderful, here are some differences from some other popular tours:
- We spend two days in Athens (day 4 and 16)
- We include Delphi (by way of Thermopylae Pass, of famed 300 Spartans) (Delphi, a phenomenal site important in Greek history, the home of the Delphic oracle and temple of Apollo),
- We include Meteora (with those Byzantine monasteries on the tip-top of the “soaring, sheer-sided gray rock pinnacles”—these are incredible and we’ll visit one of the monasteries—just like good Greek scholars/monks/copyists);
- We include Epidaurus (the site of the best preserved example of a classical Greek amphitheater in the Mediterranean).
We certainly cover some of the usual and spectacular sites also: Athens, Corinth, Berea, Thessalonika, Philippi, Ephesus, and other sites. We spend time in a few important museums; and we visit some Greek islands: one day each (i.e., 2 days) in Crete, and Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, and Chios.
Teaching: In addition to the expert tour guides in various locations, we are also led by 3 expert Bible teachers (click the picture above, “Walking and Talking with Paul”). During the trip, we will have special presentations from them..
To prepare for this trip, we are having LIVE weekly classes NOW.
- Classes, recorded for later viewing.
- Free and open to the public.
- Weekly, only 15-30 minutes.
- Will be valuable whether or not you plan to go on this trip!
Click Here or the picture on right to go to those classes.
10 Minute Video of Greece from You Tube
This video shows Greece in 10 minutes: Our travel plans will take us to many of these places.
(Video source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKU_mA7MQdg If you have trouble playing, click the download button.)
Both Affordable and Free Bible Classes
In addition to the live classes (above), we offer other Bible study materials for both private and small group studies:
The picture is a few of us at a three-day “Live Event” (October 2014)
The video tells more about what we do.
For private study or small groups, Click Here for High Quality Affordable Materials .
For private study or small groups, we also have Free Materials available now:
40Things Everybody Should Know about the Bible!
Our signature course. 35 videos 12-15 minutes each. This course is also available by DVD.
These videos are 3 minutes long and guide you into reading the New Testament. (This series is in process and is not finished, but is still available.)
Free Live Classes: “Paul in Greece” (mentioned above)
Videos shot live in classes 15 to 30 minutes each. Great background material for Bible study.
We Pursue and Promote
“The Art of Biblical Conversation”
Conversational Bible Study is reading biblical documents as if over coffee with the authors. We focus on biblical texts and teach the ABC’s of dealing contextually with those texts.
We have a lively group from many backgrounds and interests. We relate 2000 year old texts to where we live now by focusing on context both then and now. We encourage a patient and careful reading of texts that is both respectful to ancient texts and helpful to current needs.
We are Christians from a variety of church backgrounds, united by a strong desire for energetic Bible study (among other things). Many of us did not know each other prior to CWP, but have now become close friends. We do have a statement of faith, and you can see that here.
Our current focus is on the letter of 1Corinthians. We don’t rush through studies; instead, we take our time to adequately examine background and other issues relevant for contextual inquiry. We certainly do pay attention to scholarly literature and publications, but with an overriding sense of looking for the “so what” of the the things we study._
What Our Bible Study Partners Are Saying!
Here is what a few of our Bible Study partners have spontaneously said to each other about our study groups.
We did not solicit these statements as testimonials!___
|This Inner Circle is a safe place to think outside the box and offer up ideas on scripture that other “God-taught” people will consider and challenge with scripture. When I try to read scripture with ‘fresh’ eyes, not reading into it what I’ve always been taught or have always thought, I sometimes get fresh ideas – some more contextual than others. Thinking through that idea on my own can get me off track. That is why the conversational part of this responsible, contextual bible study is so vital. We need each other as we pursue a holy life. Thank you one and all for being that safe place!
|I’ve been catching up today. My problem is that your material draws me in and I find I could easily spend 4 hours chewing on what you offer for each day. Level 1 and 2 are just teasers for 3 and I hate it when I can’t immerse myself in the third level. I can do it quicker but go away feeling like I only ate half of what was on my plate. I don’t say this to critique your material but to compliment it. I find it incredibly valuable. What you put before us is of such high caliber, and is so compelling, and speaks so directly to my life that I have a hard time putting it down and getting on with my day. . . . I don’t know what you can do to make things better, but I do know this—-DON’T DUMB IT DOWN!
|Like Lacey, I was surprised at the length of the scroll. I dressed up in my biblical outfit (have used it many times for VBS) and read it to my secretary and friend and her two daughters, they were amused at first, found it interesting by the end. Thanks for the suggestion to do this, I would never have even considered reading the whole letter at one time. It was powerful, getting the overall message that Paul wanted to give.
|Gary, I will say again thank you for the spiritual growth that you and the Spirit have helped me achieve. You have changed the way I think about scripture and the way I share scripture with others. In my work as a hospice chaplain I have used your insights on a number of occasions to help those who are hurting to know the peace that comes from seeing anew our Lord in verses they have heard all their lives. And this simply by getting them to see the context and the purpose of that writer for that writing. It is truly a freeing experience. Yet, it is so challenging as I work to overcome decades of how to approach the Word.
Personal Message from Gary Collier
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