I love to learn about the world of the Bible. I want to understand the Bible’s message as those people who first heard that message did thousands of years ago. So I spend a lot of time learning about the history, culture and geography of the world and its peoples at the time of the Bible. In fact, I moved to Israel for two years and completed a graduate degree in Biblical History and Geography at Jerusalem University College.
The more I understand the Bible and the story told in its pages, the more I learn about God. The more I learn about God, the better I know Him and the more fully I can live daily life in freedom which was gained through the fulfillment of the covenant by Christ Jesus.
The purpose of LivingDusty.com is to share with you what I am learning and to provide you with tools to grow in your relationship with God and begin and continue LivingDusty.
Why call it LivingDusty?
This name is a summary of my take on a passage of the Mishnah, a rabbinic commentary on the Torah, the first five books of the Bible.
The passage says,
“Yose b. Yoezer says, Let your house be a meeting-house for the wise; and powder yourself in the dust of their feet; and drink their words with thirstiness.” (Avot 1:4)
God, the source of all wisdom, in the person of Jesus, called Emmanuel, which means “God with us” (Matt. 1:23), because of His immeasurable covenant love for us. Whether Yose ben Yoezer was talking about sitting at the teacher’s feet, or walking closely behind him, LivingDusty is about humbly following in Jesus’ footsteps and drinking in His words as you would drink water when you’re parched.
This leads to the second idea behind LivingDusty: bearing the image of God always.
“The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7 NIV)
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:26–27 NIV)
LivingDusty has to do with living as God intended for us to live, as His image-bearers, in covenant union with Him, bearing His covenant love everywhere, and working with Him to care for His creation.
Want some books to read?
I maintain a list of excellent materials that I have read and highly recommend or that have been highly recommended to me. You can access it by clicking the “Resources” link at the top of the page.
A brief bio
I began college at the Rochester Institute of Technology majoring in Imaging Science. Halfway through that program I knew that God was calling me to pastoral ministry and that resistance was futile. I transferred to Mount Vernon Nazarene University and graduated with a BA in Religious Studies.
My plan was to go straight from MVNU to seminary, but God surprised me with an opportunity to study in Israel for two years at Jerusalem University College. That experience taught me all sorts of things about the Bible and its historical and geographical contexts that you don’t learn about in most American seminaries. So I intend to complete a doctoral degree and teach the contexts of the Bible to future pastors and teachers in undergraduate and graduate schools. I am currently completing the final requirements of seminary and will graduate with a Master of Divinity in December, 2016.