The Blog: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

I thought I’d take a moment and let you know where we are with the various blogs and series that have happened this last year and moving forward. In 2017 I began sharing the book I was working on, summarizing the ideas of Graham Maxwell’s series Conversations About God. I covered the first ten of the twenty chapters about a month at a time, but then put that series on hold so I could share a series on the theology (big picture) of Revelation through much of 2018. More recently I shared three timely series: One on LGBTIQ and the Church, one on the actions at the Annual Council of SDAs, and a series of introductory overviews of the book of Revelation. All three of these have been completed. So it is time to get back to Maxwell series and finish it. But since the first ten chapters were done more than a year ago, I will begin summarizing the first ten chapters briefly before sharing chapters 11-20 in full. Expect the first of these summaries shortly. But that series will intersperse with another in the first quarter of 2019.

I had the opportunity recently to write the Teacher’s Guide to the First Quarter Adult Bible Study Guide on Revelation. The primary author of the lessons was my former student Ranko Stefanovic. If all goes as planned, expect the following each week in the First Quarter of 2019. A blog that provides my original teacher’s helps for the following Sabbath. A blog that summarizes all the changes that the editors introduced to my teacher’s helps. And, if all goes as planned, a blog from Ranko Stefanovic outlining the changes that were done to his lesson study. We imply no evil intent here, we just think it would be helpful to teachers and students around the world to know what the original authors were thinking and how things changed in the editorial process. Sometimes you will think the editors messed us up, other times you will see that they made things better. And by highlighting these things, you will be the best prepared people when these lessons are studied around the world.

Since that will be a lot of material each week, it makes sense that I postpone the start of chapter 11 of the Maxwell series until after the first quarter of 2019. The goal will be to provide the rest of the Maxwell material to you over the course of 2019.

Hope that helps you know where we’ve been and where we’re going.

7 thoughts on “The Blog: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

  1. Marcell

    It’s really great to know that our two best scholars in Revelation wrote the Sabbath School Study Guide for next quarter. Both for the Lesson and for the Teacher’s Guide, can’t wait to read the original lessons here in this blog!

    I had all the video presentation from Graham Maxwell, and it’s really a good news to know that you will soon finish editing the book form.

    How about your audio presentation: The Bible Explorer Series: Revelation (1996)? I’m so blessed by the materials in there. I see that you have edited the first part in the Audio presentation into a book form that is titled The Deep Things of God, published in 2004 by The Review and Herald. I have read the book three times and I just couldn’t stop to read it again.

    My question is, why don’t you edit the rest of your Bible Explorer series in Revelation (Part Four to Five) and publish them in a book form?

    1. Jon Paulien Post author

      That’s what my Facebook commentary is all about. I start with a transcript of what I said back then and do further research and write it up to post a paragraph per day. I am now a little more than half way done. Working on a book related to Rev 10-14, but it will take a while.

  2. T. James

    Dr. Paulien,

    Ian Paul apparently commented some years ago that you were considering preparing a comprehensive table of allusions in Revelation (cross-referencing ten scholarly sources). I was curious if you decided to pursue this project, and if not, what sources you considered indexing therein.

    Blessings on your labors!

    In Christ,

    1. Jon Paulien Post author

      Yes, I did in fact do this. I have it in electronic version only, for my reference. I never published it. The ten I chose back in the late 80s were Charles, Dittmar, Huehn, Kraft, Massyngberde Ford, Mounce, Nestle, Prigent, UBS and Westcott. If I were to do it over again today, I would replace some of these with Aune, Beale and probably Stefanovic.


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