Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Dr. Denise Flanders

Denise C. Flanders is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Taylor University where she teaches a variety of Old Testament courses, as well as a course on Inductive Study of the Bible. Denise grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She first began taking Masters level seminary courses at  Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary as a side-interest, simply to grow in her knowledge of the Bible. While there, however, she quickly discovered the Old Testament as one of the great loves of her life, as well as her joy in sharing Israel’s Scriptures with other people. Denise completed her Phd in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Today, she desires to help Christians develop a more robust view of the Old Testament, and she is passionate about sharing the ethical and spiritual relevance of the Hebrew Scriptures for faith and life today. Denise lives in Muncie, Indiana with her husband and four children, and she enjoys stand-up comedy, Marvel movies, Carolina basketball, and writing silly short stories with her kids.

Reflection Questions:

  1. When/how do I experience communion with God and the presence of God?
  2. In what ways/how might I be missing out on a life of deep connection and participation with God in his mission in this world because I am cultivating distraction and not presence?
  3. Do I have any habits that hold me back from (in the words of Felicia Wu Song) “enjoying communion with God and neighbor within the possibilities and limitations of place and time”? (Felicia Wu Song, Restless Devices, p.105)
  4. What would I need to help me change?

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