The Biblearc Blog

Encouragements and Updates from Biblearc

Monthly Archives: July 2014

Three More Fall Courses Open for Enrollment

class

Currently Open for Enrollment

THE LOGIC OF THE EPISTLES (ADVANCED ARCING/BRACKETING)
Sept 9th – Oct 14th

The biblical epistles are pervasively logical in nature, and Arcing and Bracketing are among the most helpful tools for understanding their arguments.

Group time options, included in all enrollment types (all times in CDT):
Arcing  Wed at Noon | Wed at 9pm | Mon at 8pm
Bracketing  Wed at Noon | Wed at 9pm

Course details | Enrollment page

RECLAIM YOUR GREEK—DIAGRAMMING THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT
Sept 8th – Dec 22nd

The aim of this online, interactive course is to help you reclaim your Greek and to impart to you the tools and inspiration needed to use it fruitfully in your ministry.

Group time options, included in all enrollment types (all times in CDT):
Sat at 1pm | Wed at 9am

Course details | Enrollment page

INTRODUCTION TO BRACKETING
Sept 22nd – Oct 20th

This course lays out the foundational concepts and structures necessary to begin using the Bracketing Bible study method.

Day and time options for those interested in discussion enrollment (all times in CDT):
Tues at 9:30pm | Thurs at 9am

Course details | Enrollment page

Endorsements of former students

“I am so thankful I took this course… I grew to know and love Jesus more during this course through the lectures and personal study (assignments). I want to keep going!”

“I highly recommend this course for anyone who values close reading of the scriptures for transformation of life.

 

Read in Parallel, New Project History, Copy Modules

Biblearc is always getting better. Below are three recent improvements.

James in parallelEasily read multiple Bible versions in parallel.

Of course having multiple tabs open with different versions is nothing new. What is new is incredibly powerful meeting incredibly easy. Still having the ability to create and resize as many or few columns as you like, the new “Parallel” button in the Read module makes reading two or more versions of a passage utterly simple. Scrolling locks together and is smooth–you are going to love it.

Project historyProject history is all new.

Clicking on the clock icon next to your project’s name gives you quick and clean access to all the passages, searches and modules in the project’s history. Sure, anyone may accidentally discard a tab or copy over an important search, but the new project history makes it nearly impossible to lose your work!

Copy modules within a project or to a different project.

Hover over a module tab and notice the new “Copy” option.

 

Loving Like Jesus Loved Us

Jesus calls Christians to the highest possible love when he commands, “Love one another as I have loved you.” Breath-taking and inspiring, but what exactly does Jesus mean?

By book-ending this passage (John 15:12-17) with this call to love, Jesus clearly intends us to understand his meaning in large part from the content in the middle. Below are four ways Jesus has loved us and how we might imitate him.

  1. Jesus has loved us by being our friend, in that he opens his life and heart to us (vs15). Jesus has not kept secrets from us as he would with mere servants. Let us also love one another by opening our lives and hearts to each other as brothers and sisters—as friends—and not as mere strangers.
  2. Jesus has loved us by being the best of friends to us, in that he died for us on the cross (vs13). May we also die daily, to our wants and preferences, in order to prioritize one another—as the best of friends do.
  3. Jesus has loved us by ensuring our standing as his friends (vs16). Jesus’ friends are those who obey him. If so, how can he already call his disciples (and us) friends, given so much obedience left to be lived? Answer: his sovereign choosing and appointing of our fruit-filled obedience. Obedience truly is a condition for friendship with Jesus, and Jesus has ensured that we meet that condition. May we too setup others to be our friends and Jesus’, by thoughtful encouragement and doing all we can to remove hindrances.
  4. Jesus has loved us by giving us all we need to enjoy his friendship (vs16). The Father will answer all prayers for fruitfulness in Jesus’ name. What a promise! This is exactly what we need to stand in friendship with the Son of God and he himself has provided us with the means to receive it. May we likewise love one another by being a means of pruning in their lives, giving ourselves to their discipleship and holiness.
Bracket of John 15:12-17

The devotional encouragement above flows almost entirely from meditations of the text via bracketing.

Biblearc at the Desiring God 2014 National Conference

See Biblearc on the Exhibit Hall Stage at the Desiring God National Conference in September.

hero_1398460447The twelfth and final Desiring God National Conference is approaching. The title of the conference is Look at the Book: Reading the Bible for Yourself and we encourage you all to attend.

Biblearc will be at Booth #10. Come see us!

In addition, we will give a 30 minute presentation entitled Arcing: Linking the Pearls of God’s Word on the Exhibit Hall Stage on Saturday from 1:00–1:30pm. Join us as Tom Steller encourage us with a devotional arc demonstration. About the Exhibit Hall

Four New Online Courses

classAfter a very successful first round of courses, we are excited to announce four new offerings. We have gathered lots of feedback from our students in order to refine the structure of our courses to try and maximize their helpfulness for you. We also are excited to begin offering advanced Arcing/Bracketing courses this Fall after receiving overwhelming interest in continued learning. Finally, for those who have lost their Greek, we intend to help you get it back.

Currently Open for Enrollment

INTRODUCTION TO ARCING
Aug 4th – Sept 3rd

This course lays out the foundational concepts and structures necessary to begin using the Arcing Bible study method.

Day/time options for those interested in discussion enrollment (all times in CDT):
Wed at Noon | Wed at 9pm | Sat at 1pm

Course details | Enrollment page

Scheduled for the Fall

THE LOGIC OF THE EPISTLES (ADVANCED ARCING/BRACKETING)
Sept 9th – Oct 14th

The biblical epistles are pervasively logical in nature, and Arcing and Bracketing are among the most helpful tools for understanding their arguments.

Course details

RECLAIM YOUR GREEK—DIAGRAMMING THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT
Sept 8th – Dec 22nd

The aim of this online, interactive course is to help you reclaim your Greek and to impart to you the tools and inspiration needed to use it fruitfully in your ministry.

Course details

INTRODUCTION TO BRACKETING
Sept 22nd – Oct 20th

This course lays out the foundational concepts and structures necessary to begin using the Bracketing Bible study method.

Course details

Endorsements of former students

“If you desire to understand the word of God for yourself, and are willing to expend every intellectual resource you possess while wrestling with every thought of an author, then I recommend devoting the time and energy that’s necessary in order to learn this invaluable Bible study method called Arcing.”

“I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has started the journey of arcing but is finding themselves a little lost.”

“I came to this course knowing very little about arcing. However, through the process of learning to arc, …I’ve developed the skill of hovering over biblical propositions to the point of making wonderfully delightful connections. Such saturation results in seeing and tasting our Lord; and He is so good!”

 

Online Course: Reclaim Your Greek—Diagramming the Greek New Testament

Many of us have spent the time to learn New Testament Greek only to then leave it behind. The aim of this online, interactive course is to help you reclaim your Greek and to impart to you the tools and inspiration needed to use it fruitfully in your ministry. Whether you studied Greek a year ago or 20 years ago, reclaim it now with us. This course will teach you to graphical represent the Greek grammar using Diagramming and features lectures, teacher-led group discussions and feedback on weekly assignments. Faithful participation in this course will give you the tools needed to understand the function of every word in every sentence of the entire Greek New Testament.

Tuition

Standard enrollment  $599 ($549 with early enrollment)
One-on-one enrollment  $949 ($899 with early enrollment)

Enrollment page

Colossians

We will work our way through the entire book of Colossians in this course.

Format  There will be weekly, one and a half hour lectures, indefinitely available to participants for play back. Weekly assignments will be promptly corrected and returned. Students will also be invited to participate in weekly teacher-led group discussions (5-9 person groups) and be given personal and extensive feedback on weekly assignments.

Length  This is a 15-week course.

Prerequisites  One year of New Testament Greek

One-on-one enrollment  One-on-one enrollment allows you to enjoy a half hour of one-on-one time with the instructor each week, in addition to the standard provisions of the course. Up to the time of this post, 100% of one-on-one enrollees gave their one-on-one time the highest possible rating in the post-course survey.

Instructor  Andy Hubert is the creator of Biblearc and lecturer of Greek at Israel College of the Bible. Andy holds a Masters of Pastoral and Biblical Studies from Bethlehem College and Seminary.

Work load  Between the lectures (1.5 hr/wk), group time (1.5 hr/wk) and assignments (~4 hrs/wk), participants should expect to spend approximately 7 hours per week on this course.

Grading  Students who complete this course with a display of proficiency in Greek Diagramming can receive an increased star rating on their Biblearc account. Star ratings (still in development) will allow people searching shared work the ability to find the diagrams of those users who have had training in this method.

Additional information: Request a Scholarship | Give a Scholarship | Refund Policy

Enrollment page

Online Course: The Logic of the Epistles (Advanced Arcing/Bracketing)

This online, interactive course serves to strengthen one’s Arcing or Bracketing skills, particularly in the genre of epistles. The biblical epistles are pervasively logical in nature, and Arcing and Bracketing are among the most helpful tools for understanding their arguments. With each offering of this course you will have the opportunity to arc or bracket through a different epistle with the framework of live and interactive lectures, organized groups discussions and thoughtful feedback on assignments.

Tuition

Standard enrollment  $149 ($139 with early enrollment)
One-on-one enrollment  $249 ($239 with early enrollment)

Enrollment page

File--Saint_Paul_Writing_His_Epistles-_by_Valentin_de_BoulogneFormat  There will be four live, interactive, 2-hour lectures, in addition to introduction and wrap-up videos. Different students will be invited to share their work during the lectures followed by a discussion of their conclusions. Lectures will be indefinitely available to participants. Five extensive assignments will be promptly corrected and returned. Students will be organized into groups of 3-5 and be given specific passages to work through together, in addition to the five individual assignments.

Length  This is a 5-week course.

Prerequisites  Completion of Introduction to Arcing, Introduction to Bracketing or Arcing 101

One-on-one enrollment  One-on-one enrollment allows you to enjoy a half hour of one-on-one time with the instructor each week, in addition to the standard provisions of the course. Up to the time of this post, 100% of one-on-one enrollees gave their one-on-one time the highest possible rating in the post-course survey.

Instructor  Andy Hubert is the creator of Biblearc and lecturer of Greek at Israel College of the Bible. Andy holds a Masters of Pastoral and Biblical Studies from Bethlehem College and Seminary.

Work load  Between the lectures (2 hr/wk), group time (1 hr/wk) and assignments (~4 hrs/wk), participants should expect to spend approximately 7 hours per week on this course.

Grading  Students who complete this course with a display of proficiency in Arcing or Bracketing can receive an increased star rating on their Biblearc account. Star ratings (still in development) will allow people searching shared work the ability to find the arcs and brackets of those users who have had training in these methods.

Live Lectures  This course use Google’s Hangouts on Air to facilitate the live lectures. All participants will be required to register for a free Google+ account. (We will provide you information on how to do so.)

Additional information: Request a Scholarship | Give a Scholarship | Refund Policy

Enrollment page

Online Course: Introduction to Bracketing

This online, interactive course lays out the foundational concepts and structures necessary to begin using the Bracketing Bible study method. It features personal and extensive feedback on eight different assignments. We will take a hands-on approach to learning as we work through the first chapter of James together.

Tuition

Basic enrollment  $59 ($49 with early enrollment)
Discussion enrollment  $99 ($89 with early enrollment)  recommended
One-on-one enrollment  $149 ($139 with early enrollment)

James

In this course, you will bracket through James 1.

Enrollees to this course will receive 2 free months of The Biblearc Subscription.

Format  There will be nine 30 minute lectures, released twice per week. Each lecture will be followed by an assignment due three days later. Assignments turned in on time will be corrected and returned before the release of the next lecture. Assignments turned in late, but prior to the end of the course, will be corrected and returned within three days. Lectures will be indefinitely available to participants.

Length  This is a 4-week course.

Prerequisites  None

Discussion enrollment  In addition to lectures and feedback, discussion enrollment gives you a one-hour group discussion time each week with the instructor of the course. Groups are made up of 5-9 students.

One-on-one enrollment  One-on-one enrollment allows you to enjoy a half hour of one-on-one time with the instructor each week, in addition to the standard provisions of the course. Rated 5 / 5 stars in significance by former one-on-one enrollees.

Instructor  Andy Hubert is the creator of Biblearc and lecturer of Greek at Israel College of the Bible. Andy holds a Masters of Pastoral and Biblical Studies from Bethlehem College and Seminary.

Work load  Between the lectures (1 hr/wk) and assignments (~5 hrs/wk), participants should expect to spend approximately 6 hours per week on this course.

Grading  While participants will receive lots of feedback on course assignments, there will be no official grading of this course.

From former students

“Matthew 7:8 says ‘the one who seeks finds.’ I must say if you are really on the search to know God this is a great tool for it.”

“No Bible study method has helped me see and enjoy more in God’s Word than arcing and bracketing. The bracketing class covered the basics of the method while also encouraging the student to excel still more. I’m grateful to God for Biblearc.com.”

“This class was terrific! I often think I see the connections among verses of scripture, but sometimes have a hard time drawing out the actual relationship. This class really helped me “connect the dots.” Arcing and bracketing have quickly become one of the most used arrows in my quiver of bible study tools.”

“This course is, in my opinion, a necessary investment for any serious preacher and Bible study leader who does not have prior experience in bracketing. Bracketing offers so much to the process of exegesis and sermon preparation – and for the price of this course and what you get in return, it will be one of the most worthwhile uses of your money.”

“Learning the bracketing method has not only helped me to dig deeper for more insight into God’s word, but it has really helped to ground both my mind and heart in it!”

100% of former students surveyed recommend this course to others!

Additional information: What is Bracketing | Request a Scholarship | Give a Scholarship | Refund Policy

Give a Scholarship

pennyWe have tried to make our online, interactive courses affordable. Still, some people will struggle to afford the tuition, particularly those coming from outside the Western world. For this reason, we ask you to consider giving scholarship funds that might allow others to participate who otherwise would not be able.

Our courses aim to equip students with the powerful tools of Arcing, Bracketing and Diagramming for careful exegesis of the Bible, as well as to strengthen their Greek and Hebrew skills for studying the original text. Our students are pastors, missionaries, ministry workers, Bible study leaders and lay people from all over the world. We greatly desire sound theology to increase throughout the globe as the gospel spreads. This is why we seek to make Biblearc available in more and more languages, and this is why we are asking you to consider giving a scholarship.

If unspecified, your giving will go towards the tuition of students who have requested a scholarship, per our discretion. If you desire your scholarship giving to go toward a particular course or student, just let us know. Click here to give a scholarship or first email us and ask to hear about current scholarship requests.

Request a Scholarship

Official Biblearc CoursesIf you would like to take one of the Official Biblearc Courses but are unable to afford the tuition, you may request a scholarship. While we cannot promise that a scholarship will be provided, we will do what we can to make your request known. If the Lord moves someone to give a scholarship, then we will be delighted to invite you into the course.

When there are multiple pending scholarship requests, we maintain the right to use our discretion in deciding where scholarship funds will be directed. Generally, preference will be given to those coming from less prosperous nations.

If you would like to request a scholarship, let us know via our feedback form. Please tell us a little about your situation and mention your name and country of residence. Be sure as well to indicate the course you are requesting a scholarship for.*

*Scholarship request must be made at least 3 weeks prior to the start of a course.

 

Refund Policy for Official Biblearc Courses

Refund requests received a week prior to the start of the course will be refunded in full, less a $20 cancellation fee. Refund requests made up to one week after the start of the course will receive a 50% refund, less the $20 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued beyond one week after the start of the course.

Please make your cancellation request via our feedback form.

“Why I Love Biblearc” Video Contest

I do not know about you, but I love Biblearc.

I do not say that because I created the site and continue to develop it, though those things are true. I say it because I love seeing wonders in the Word of God, and Arcing helps me do that. I say it because I need help from the Bible to understand tough verses, and Biblearc gives me such help via easy-to-use cross references and translation notes. I say it because I love Greek and Hebrew and there are a ton of powerful search, parsing and lexicon tools on Biblearc. And I could go on, because I really do love Biblearc.

We believe that there are more people who might come to love Biblearc and so are initiating a video contest to help spread the word. If you love Biblearc, we invite you spend an hour or two making a creative video in order to tell people why. Here is an example that my kids (and I) put together.

 

 

Contest Instructions

  • Make a short (less than 2 minutes) video that focuses on a particular reason why you love Biblearc.
  • Each video must include the text “www.biblearc.com” at some point within the video.
  • Upload the video to YouTube, Vimeo or another video streaming provider.
  • Share the video via a blog, Twitter or a public Facebook page.
  • Email us a link to where this video has been shared.
  • Note: Videos will be judged based on creativity of presentation and how enjoyable they are to watch and must be submitted by the end of July.

Contest Prizes

  1. First place will receive a free year of The Biblearc Subscription with Learning Resources add-on ($110 value)
  2. Second place will receive a free year of The Biblearc Subscription (a $47 value)
  3. Everyone who follows the instructions and submits a video will receive a free month of The Biblearc Subscription.

 

Practical Thoughts

The video above took me less than two hours from start to finish and proved to be a fun time with my kids. I used my Android phone to film about 10 roughly 20 second clips and then uploaded it all to YouTube. I then used the YouTube Video Editor (found under Enhancements) to put the clips together and add in the text and music. Using iMovie is another good option for those with a Mac.

Search… and Maximize Your Screen

Search...We have a few small updates to announce that we hope will make a big difference for the ease of your study on Biblearc.

First, presenting the new Search… box which you will find always at the top of the app. It is a simple box, yet with a ton of power, as you can see from the examples to the right.

Minimize menusWe also have added a new button to give you a fuller view or your work. Whether you are struggling over a long arc or teaching a class and want to maximize the view area, we expect this little button to often come in handy.

Finally, something for those with a Greek or Hebrew keyboard activated on your computer. Note that you can now simply type a Greek or Hebrew word into the Scholar Search (or the new Search… box at the top of the screen) without accents or Hebrew vowel marks, and the search will automatically run on matching words.