In this 7 class audio series we will find that throughout the gospels, Jesus often “ate with tax collectors and sinners”. The religious leaders of the day grumbled and muttered – they did not like it. What is Jesus trying to tell us here? Jesus was eating with sinners. He was seeking and saving the lost. In Luke 15 Jesus responds to the grumbling of the religious leaders with a trilogy of parables. We know them as the parables of the lost sheep, lost coin and the famous prodigal son. In the Middle East God is the focus of every biblical story. They refer to these parables as the parables of the good shepherd, the good woman and the Running Father. In these parables Jesus defines repentance as “shub”…allowing ourselves to be found and brought home by God.
--Teaching by Kristi McLelland

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Kristi McLelland
Kristi McLelland

Kristi McLelland is a speaker, teacher and professor at Williamson College in Franklin, TN. Since completing her Masters in Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary, she has dedicated her life to teaching people how to study the Bible through a Middle Eastern Lens.

Throughout her years as professor, pastor, Director of Christian Education and Women’s Ministry at local churches, Kristi has taught hundreds of students and shepherded thousands of parishioners. Her teaching focuses on the need for believers to posture themselves to receive what God is saying, and to experience Scripture and His goodness communally—through table fellowship, hospitality, and collaborative wisdom.

During Kristi’s first trip to Israel, she discovered God is better than she ever knew. Her great desire for people to truly experience the love of God birthed her passion for leading biblical study trips to Israel, Turkey, & Greece—which she has done since 2008. Kristi has studied and trained under Dr. Jim Martin, Rabbi Ken Alpren, and world-renowned Israeli archeologist Dr. Gabi Barkay.

Kristi’s trips to Israel, Turkey, & Greece, along with her Middle Eastern Lens classes, help Westerners study and appreciate the Bible as a text that was written by Middle Easterners in the Middle Eastern context, culture, language, custom, and history. This lens offers a deeper look into what the biblical characters meant in what they did, said, and wrote, providing a better understanding of the framework in which the Bible was written, and the Living God who is constantly pursuing us with His love, grace, compassion, and truth.

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