1 Peter additional study — Rules of Containment

1-peter-additional-study-rules-of-containment IN SEARCH OF RULES OF CONTAINMENT BY J. MICHAEL STRAWN   INTRODUCTION:   In 1 Peter, we see that the Holy Spirit serves as a link or index between the unseen eternal world and the seen temporal world where we live.  As the only independent element in the index column (which also includes revelation, […]

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1 Peter additional study — Semantic Nets

first-peter-semantic-nets FIRST PETER: THE RHETORICAL UNIVERSE BY J. MICHAEL STRAWN SPECIAL INCLUSION: SEMANTIC NETS INTRODUCTION AND TERMINOLOGY   In our use of human language, we understand that words and concepts are formed sequentially—that is, one after another. However, the depth of meaning in each word can cause us to look at grammatical structure vertically, as […]

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1 Peter Lesson 10 The Shifting Reference Point

1-peter-lesson-10-shifting   A STUDY OF FIRST PETER:  THE RHETORICAL UNIVERSE BY J. MICHAEL STRAWN ANALOG INTELLIGENCE AND THE SHIFTING REFERENCE POINT: 1 PETER 2:4-10 INTRODUCTION AND TERMINOLOGY:   The section of Scripture in 1 Peter 2:1-4 seems to produce a junction in the way that it does not immediately seem to be linked to the […]

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1 Peter Lesson 9 Simultaneity

1-peter-lesson-9-simultaneity A STUDY OF FIRST PETER: THE RHETORICAL UNIVERSE BY J. MICHAEL STRAWN INCLUSION THEMATIC: SIMULTANEITY AND THE ETERNAL MOMENT INTRODUCTION AND TERMINOLOGY:   A question which would logically arise when viewing the 3-D model of reality (a depiction of the unseen eternal world of God and the temporal world of human experience, linked by […]

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1 Peter Lesson 8 Transparency

1-peter-lesson-8-transparency A STUDY OF FIRST PETER: THE RHETORICAL UNIVERSE BY J. MICHAEL STRAWN THE ANALOG INTELLIGENCE AND DEVELOPING TRANSPARENCY: 1 PETER 1:13-2:3 INTRODUCTION AND TERMINOLOGY: Analog intelligence can be seen in one sense as a commodity in that it can be transferred from God’s mind to us. It gives us the ability to see beyond […]

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1 Peter Lesson 7 Superindex

1-peter-lesson-7-superindex   A STUDY OF FIRST PETER:  THE RHETORICAL UNIVERSE BY J. MICHAEL STRAWN   THE SUPER INDEX–THE MASTER LINGUIST AND RESULTANT SUPER UNITY 1 PETER 1:10-12   INTRODUCTION AND TERMINOLOGY:   In order to understand the thematic, perhaps a review of the 3-D model of reality might be helpful.  The gable-shaped model shows on […]

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1 Peter Lesson 6 Overrules the Senses

1-peter-lesson-6-overrules-the-senses   A STUDY OF FIRST PETER: THE RHETORICAL UNIVERSE BY J. MICHAEL STRAWN PHASE #5: OVERRULES THE SENSES (1 PETER 1:8-9) INTRODUCTION AND TERMINOLOGY:   It is somewhat paradoxical that God would grant us five senses by which we can access the world, but then ask us to operate on the “sight” that only […]

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1 Peter Lesson 5 Evaluation of Experience

1-peter-lesson-5-evaluation-of-experience   A STUDY OF FIRST PETER: THE RHETORICAL UNIVERSE BY J. MICHAEL STRAWN THE EVALUATION OF EXPERIENCE: 1 PETER 1:7 INTRODUCTION AND TERMINOLOGY:   Faith   Human competence   In the drawing above, we see illustrated the fact that human competence–whether in be in building a rocket or solving life problems–has limits. Much of […]

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1 Peter Lesson 4 The Resolution of Contradiction

1-peter-lesson-4-resolution-of-contradiction THE RHETORICAL UNIVERSE: 1 PETER BY J. MICHAEL STRAWN PHASE #3–VERSE 5 AND 6: THE RESOLUTION OF CONTRADICTION (APPARENT) INTRODUCTION AND TERMINOLOGY In the Christian life, there is an apparent contradiction when the believer looks at his circumstances and compares them to the promises God has made. We say it is only an apparent […]

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1 Peter Lesson 3– The Relocating Gulf

1-peter-lesson-3-relocating-gulf FIRST PETER: THE RHETORICAL UNIVERSE BY J. MICHAEL STRAWN PHASE 2: EMBRACES TRANSCENDENT MEANING (AND THE RELOCATING GULF) INTRODUCTION AND TERMINOLOGY One demand that the world makes on believers is that they conform to what the world would define as “realism.” However, non- believers would define something as “realistic” if it either conformed to […]

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1 Peter Lesson 2 — Analog Intelligence

first-peter-lesson-2   A STUDY OF FIRST PETER:  THE RHETORICAL UNIVERSE BY J. MICHAEL STRAWN     SECOND THEMATIC:  ANALOG INTELLIGENCE OVERRIDES HUMAN LOCAL CONTEXT     INTRODUCTION AND TERMINOLOGY:   Triadic structure, most obvious in the composition of the Godhead itself, is replicated in such things as the structure of the Resurrection (as we shall […]

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Introduction to 1 Peter Study: The Rhetorical Universe

intro-to-first-peter-study A STUDY OF FIRST PETER: THE RHETORICAL UNIVERSE BY J. MICHAEL STRAWN   FIRST THEMATIC: THE SUM OF FAITH (1 PETER 1:1-2)     INTRODUCTION AND TERMINOLOGY:   Because of the teachings of Enlightenment thinkers of the 17th century, people have been accustomed to seeing reality as having a duality, or two parts: spirit […]

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