A Little ‘Inside Baseball’

In yesterday’s post reflecting upon our recently completed tour of the Olivet Discourse, I made reference to my thought that this experiment might not be quite a success, and I’ve received a number of very encouraging comments as a result. First, I’d like to thank all of those who commented; your encouragement is not only appreciated, but means more to me than you will ever know.

with that said, the thought has occurred to me that I might not have made the nature of the experiment clear. In truth, I really shouldn’t have mentioned that there was an experiment involved at all, because this is really inside baseball, and everyone knows that inside baseball bores most people to death. Yet, since I’ve already gone this far, I might as well finish up the story.

The experiment was really a technical one, it was all about how best to teach or discuss prophetic passages in a blogging format.  There are many posts on blogs about prophecy, but how effective are they in practice? Do they teach anything in a thoughtful way that can be understood by people who are not all that knowledgable in prophecy, and who aren’t formally trained in Bible interpretation?  In my view, most of the posts I’ve read are unlikely to reach those people, for they are either very academic, using vocabulary that most people aren’t familiar with and making references to theological concepts that aren’t in the common vernacular, or they are merely dogmatic recitations of a “party line” that leave no room for thoughtful questions.

My goal was to avoid both of those pitfalls.

My approach was an attempt to relate the passage in an informal, narrative and conversational format, using academic terms as little as possible, and while I have used such a format in many other passages, I’m not entirely sure I have quite found the mark with prophecy just yet. For one thing, it strikes me now in hindsight that I messed up right from the beginning by using the term “Olivet Discourse” as a title. Gee, dummy, weren’t you going to avoid academic terms most people aren’t familiar with? Way to go, you did it the title… duh!

Maybe that’s one reason views were down…

Anyway, in the final analysis, I’d say the results of the experiment portion of the recent study are mixed; some parts of the format are “keepers” and others need improvement, so a second experiment is indicated.

Now, all I need to do is figure out what passage or passages make good candidates, and I’ll give it another go… and that’s about enough inside baseball for one day!


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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6 Responses to A Little ‘Inside Baseball’

  1. Tom says:

    I know you did much better than I probably could have done. You are great with words! Keep it up!

  2. Dan's Pulpit says:

    Wouldn’t have minded it a little longer and deeper. You did well. Do it again.

  3. Don, I follow your website because I found that first of all you are so gracious to devote your knowledge and time gifts to teaching God’s word. I also found your teachings to be Biblical and in context. You are a gifted spiritual leader ~ thank God for you. Internet evangelism is rapidly growing and I am finding so much of God’s word is being incorrectly quoted. This is dangerous especially for those lost or not knowledgeable in the Lord. For this I trust the Holy Spirit. I am growing my own Biblical knowledge and have found your teachings useful. I do benefit from a open discussion and find the internet challenging in that regard.

    I love the new format that you are currently experimenting ~ the soft side of Don Merritt. Perhaps you could format your work to different days with a variety of approaches. Please continue your teachings. ~ Amen :Y

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