601 - TURKEY & GREECE
***Kristi is updating the Turkey & Greece Series and will be re-recording it!
Since the book of Genesis, God has been pursuing, not only the Jewish people, but also the nations. He positioned Abraham and his descendants in the Promised Land right along the International Trade Highway, thus bringing the nations to Abraham and his people so the nations could hear about the living God.
In Acts 7, Stephen was stoned and a great persecution broke out against the believers in Jerusalem. In Acts 8 they were “scattered” far and wide from Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and Galilee...to places located in modern-day Turkey & Greece.
Join us in tracing Paul’s journeys through the New Testament as the Hellenistic, Gentile world encounters the living God!
Kristi McLelland is a professor at Williamson College and serves as a biblical culturalist. She has a Masters in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary and has dedicated her life to teaching people how to study the Bible.
After studying in Israel and Egypt in 2007 and discovering that God is better than she ever knew, Kristi has been teaching the Bible through a Middle Eastern lens, in its historical, geographical, cultural, and linguistic context. Kristi encourages believers to be postured to receive what God is saying, which is best done through communally experiencing Scripture. Kristi teaches about the goodness of God, experienced through table fellowship, practicing hospitality and collaborative wisdom.
During her years as a professor at Williamson College and Director of Christian Education and Women’s Ministry at local churches, Kristi has taught and shepherded thousands. Since 2008 she has led biblical studies trips to Israel and studied and trained under Dr. Jim Martin, Rabbi Ken Alpren and world-renowned Israeli archaeologist Dr. Gabi Barkay.
Kristi’s trips to Israel, Turkey, Greece and Italy, along with her Middle Eastern Lens classes, help Westerners study and appreciate the Bible as it was written by Middle Easterners in a Middle Eastern context. This lens offers a deeper look into what the biblical characters meant in what they did, said and wrote. This enhanced understanding of the biblical framework positions us to better open our eyes, ears and hearts to the Living God who is constantly pursuing us.
Kristi is available to assist churches, colleges, organizations and other groups in discovering the Bible through a Middle Eastern Lens.