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Reply To: In the first lecture, Dr. McDermott teaches that the Bible is one story, and that God upholds his covenant with the Jewish people to this very day. Was this what you were taught growing up? If not, how will this insight change the way you read the bible going forward?

Audra Jones

Dr. McDermott’s first sermon coincided with much of what I was taught growing up in a Southern Baptist Church. I was taught in children’s church, Sunday school, and by my parents about the importance of God’s covenants with the Jewish people and with its key leaders: Moses, Abraham, and David. I am not sure if my knowledge and subsequent teaching, that one should uphold and revere the Jewish people because of these covenants, are unique to my particular church or to Southern Baptist theology. Although, this is a possibility in my mind as I have noticed that other Christian denominations that I have been exposed to tend not to emphasize the importance of the Old Testament like my childhood church did. Even though I was not shocked or particularly altered by Dr.McDermott’s teachings, the sermon reminded me that God is the same today as He was yesterday, and His promises of the past are ones that He still upholds today!