About Winn Griffin

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This web site is about “Training Jesus Followers.” On this site I am the curator of many 13 week Bible studies as the “Tag Cloud” at the bottom of the right column will suggest. There are book studies and miscellaneous articles that you might find interesting. If you do, leave a comment by using the Facebook comment box at the bottom of the post to comment on the article on Facebook.

Now, Let me introduce myself.

I have functioned as a publisher, Bible teacher, pastor, and writer for over forty years. I have taught in the church and in the college system during that time. I am the founder and president of Seeing the Bible Live Ministries, Missio Dei Learning Community, and Harmon Press.

I served as the Research Director for Vineyard Ministries International, Anaheim, CA, and was the Editor for two years of First Fruits the first Vineyard publication where I edited and administered a monthly magazine publication with a circulation of 25,000. I created the Vineyard Institute for Ministry, which was the first training center for young Vineyard pastors where I authored and taught five new courses in a two-year span. I gave oversight to personnel and training in two other Vineyard schools and have made hundreds of public presentations.

I am the author of God’s EPIC Adventure in pBook and eBook formats, which is a tour of the Story of God. Take a look at my amazon.com author’s page. Previously, I wrote a quarterly Bulletin Insert publication called WordWise for local churches interested in providing their folks with a weekly Bible study. These bulletin inserts are now being converted to books and eBooks and pBooks. The first book that has been published is googling God’s Will: Why Keep Searching for It When It’s Not Lost? as a pBook and eBook. I have finished and published a third book entitled Gracelets: Being Conduits of the Extravagant Acts of God’s Grace in pBook and eBook form.

I love spending time with my family, collecting baseball cards, watching movies, eating banana sandwiches, traveling, reading mystery stories as pBooks and eBooks on my Kindle, and watching sports. I have a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and two Doctor of Ministry degrees. The first doctorate was in Biblical Studies while the second doctoral program was at George Fox University, Portland, OR, in Leadership in the Emerging Culture.

I am happily married to Donna Faith and we have two adult children, Jason, who is not married to Lynn and Jeramie Joy and live in Washington State.

Below is a presentation of Psalm 23 that you might enjoy.

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Read Me First

 

Throughout these sessions, I have used the word ecclesia (singular) for the usual word church and ecclesiae (plural) to indicate a church in a particular geographic place, i.e., the ecclesiae at Corinth, meaning the whole of the many smaller ecclesia that met in homes in Corinth. This is to distinguish between the Institutional Church model (IC) and ecclesia that meet in cities and towns around the world. The ecclesiae written about by the authors of the Second Testament were not the same as what the “church” has become over the years of its existence. Usually, but not always, folks think of a church as a place where they go to a building and set in rows of pews and listen to music and sometimes sing and listen to sermons by a pastor or senior pastor. The ecclesiae of the Second Testament time did not invoke this model.

 

I have discovered over the years that if you want to try and change minds about something special, you have to venture out and reword it in order to grasp a foothold for a new refreshed understanding of the idea presented by the word. Such is the case between "church" and "ecclesia."

 

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Read Me Second

 

Referenced verses in the text of this study are not used to prove some point of view. They are merely markers where the subject matter is referenced by other books and authors. To gain a larger view of each quote, a serious student of the Holy Writ would take the time to view the reference and see what the background is. The background provides tracks on which the meaning of a text rides. So knowing the context of a referenced passage would help the reader to gain a more thorough understanding of an author than just the words quoted and marked by a verse number that was not a part of the original author's text, which as you might remember was performed on the text in a random fashion many years later.

 

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Read Me Third

 

The verses that are referenced in these sessions are not meant to prove a point. They are simply pointers to where the idea being written about may have a correlation. In order to see if they accomplish the thesis presented by the original author, a student should read, at a minimum, the chapter in which the verse is found as well as trying to ascertain what the original author may have meant to say to the original audience.

 

Of course, this is a lot of work but it is beneficial work. If one does not understand what the author meant when it was written and the audience could not have understood by what was written, then the words on the page can mean anything that a present reader may assign as a meaning, thus distorting what God was inspiring for the original writer to write to the original audience to hear.

A great and recent book by N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird entitled The New Testament in Its World would be a wonderful addition to your reading helps.

 

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Jesus Followers

 

There are many synonyms to use for the word believer, which is the most common word for a person who has "converted" to follow Jesus. I have chosen "Jesus follower(s) or follower(s) of Jesus instead of the word believer in these presentations to allow the reader an opportunity to move away from the idea of believer which conjures up the possible thought of "ascent" to a set of doctrines that have been assembled by different groups over the centuries and show up in this day and age as a set of statements posted on web sites and other written material. These sets of beliefs are suggested by many as the ones that one should ascent to so that upon death the one who assents can go to heaven, i.e., just believe and you are good to go. Jesus followers/followers of Jesus suggest an action that one should take. Remember, Jesus told his disciples to follow him. Yes, belief is important, but one must move beyond belief to action.

 

(See "Discipleship" Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. 182-188.)

Jesus Followers

 

There are many synonyms to use for the word believer, which is the most common word for a person who has "converted" to follow Jesus. I have chosen "Jesus follower(s) or follower(s) of Jesus instead of the word believer in these presentations to allow the reader an opportunity to move away from the idea of believer which conjures up the possible thought of "ascent" to a set of doctrines that have been assembled by different groups over the centuries and show up in this day and age as a set of statements posted on web sites and other written material. These sets of beliefs are suggested by many as the ones that one should ascent to so that upon death the one who assents can go to heaven, i.e., just believe and you are good to go. Jesus followers/followers of Jesus suggest an action that one should take. Remember, Jesus told his disciples to follow him. Yes, belief is important, but one must move beyond belief to action.

 

(See "Discipleship" Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. 182-188.)