Walla Walla University Good Word Broadcasts


Good Word is an invitation. An invitation to explore biblical and theological topics presented in regularly published Bible Study guides. The Bible awaits our continued study and investigation; Good Word provides one way to approach it.


  • Worshiping the Lord

    Worshiping the Lord

    30/11/2019 Duration: 13min

    Relevant Verses: Nehemiah 12 Leading question: In an age when music is a very divisive issue in the church, how can the worship music described in Scripture help us unify our church worship today? Since Nehemiah 12:44-47 is central to this lesson on worship, it is printed below for ease of reference: 44 On that day men were appointed over the chambers for the stores, the contributions, the first fruits, and the tithes, to gather into them the portions required by the law for the priests and for the Levites from the fields belonging to the towns; for Judah rejoiced over the ...

  • Trials, Tribulations, and Lists

    Trials, Tribulations, and Lists

    23/11/2019 Duration: 13min

    Relevant Verses: Ezra 8, Nehemiah 11, 12 Leading question: Since several books in the Bible, including Ezra and Nehemiah, include long lists of names, how do we make sense of such lists in an age that seems to avoid lists as deadly dull? This particular lesson suggests several points of contact with the church in our day, including some tantalizing hints on the right way to trigger a helpful lay “rebellion.” But it also includes matters which seem to have no relevance for us, in particular, the long lists of names. Question: If long lists are not exciting, not interesting, and apparently ...

  • God the the Covenant

    God the the Covenant

    16/11/2019 Duration: 13min

    Relevant Verses: Nehemiah 10 Leading question: Does the biblical concept of covenant make any sense in our modern world? Where we live in College Place (“Highland Park Drive”) a “covenant” used to be taken very seriously. Those who lived in the Highland Park area faced certain restrictions on what they could do with their property. It limited, for example, the kind of separate buildings could be built on an individual lot. And I think I heard somewhere that originally wooden “shake roofing” was required for all buildings constructed in the “covenant” area. Google not only defines “Shake-style roofing” but also suggests ...

  • Our Forgiving God

    Our Forgiving God

    09/11/2019 Duration: 13min

    Relevant Verses: Nehemiah 9 Leading question: What can we learn from a lesson entitled “Our Forgiving God,” but which includes the call to separate from foreigners? If one attempts to reconstruct a history of the post-exilic period from the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, one would face a number of challenges, not least of which is the “feel” that the books including the following somewhat pasted together from miscellaneous fragments. Question: If it seems clear that a particular book of the Bible is a compilation, does that diminish its value in comparison with a book that might be constructed in a more ...

  • The Reading of the Word

    The Reading of the Word

    02/11/2019 Duration: 13min

    Relevant Verses: Nehemiah 8 Leading question: In an age when reading seems to be less important, can the example of long hours of reading make a difference for good in today’s world.? Nehemiah 8 is a remarkable chapter that features long hours of the public reading of Scripture. Four key issues are worth exploring here: 1) What are the gains and losses that come from the interruption of hard work for the public reading of Scripture? 2) To what extent is the public reading of Scripture in Nehemiah’s day comparable to the “oral” model for the modern Contemporary English Version, the ...

  • Violating the Spirit of the Law

    Violating the Spirit of the Law

    26/10/2019 Duration: 13min

    Relevant Verses: Nehemiah 5 Leading question: Can an example of generosity lead the greedy to be less grasping and help them become more generous? Three issues attract our attention in Nehemiah 5: 1) the danger of greed; 2) the danger of money; and 3) the power of example. Question: Is there any clue in Nehemiah 5 as to how Nehemiah was able to avoid both the danger of greed and the danger of money? He seems to have been incredibly generous throughout the narrative. Question: Is there any evidence in the text that could illumine Nehemiah’s possible motivation for being so generous? Nehemiah ...

  • Facing Opposition

    Facing Opposition

    19/10/2019 Duration: 13min

    Relevant Verses: Ezra 4 - 5; Nehemiah 4 - 6; Haggai Leading Question: If Nehemiah armed his workers in the face of opposition, what does that mean for the followers of Jesus? Opposition seems to be an almost constant theme in the narratives presented in Ezra and Nehemiah. Sometimes the opposition seems to have been successful. At other times, God clearly over-ruled to save his people. The value of opposition to personal development is suggested by this Ellen White quotation: Man can shape circumstances, but circumstances should not be allowed to shape the man. We should seize upon circumstances as instruments by which ...

  • God’s Call

    God’s Call

    12/10/2019 Duration: 13min

    Relevant Verses: Ezra 7:10; Nehemiah 1:1-11 Leading Question: Does God call a person because of that person’s gifts, or is it sometimes the case that God’s call empowers a person to do the God-given task? Contrasting roles for Ezra and Nehemiah. Both in general as well as specific terms, the work which God called Ezra and Nehemiah to do differ rather dramatically: Ezra was the devout academic whose place in life made use of his careful study of the word of God; by contrast, Nehemiah was a man of action. There is no biblical record that he pored over Scripture seeking ...

  • Nehemiah


    05/10/2019 Duration: 14min

    Relevant Verses: Nehemiah 1-2 Leading Question: Is it always clear when circumstances are bad enough to require a man of action – like Nehemiah – to bring about God’s will? The Prayers of a Man of Action. Two aspects of Nehemiah’s inner and personal life come to light the first time we meet him in Scripture: a) His deep emotion over the dismal conditions in his home city, Jerusalem; b) His heart-felt prayer, a prayer of confession of sin and a cry for help. A closer look at both can be helpful. And all of this moaning and praying took place ...

  • Making Sense of History: Zerubbabel and Ezra

    Making Sense of History: Zerubbabel and Ezra

    28/09/2019 Duration: 13min

    Relevant Verses: Ezra 4:1-7; 7:1-28 Leading Question: To what extent can we trust in Providence to make things happen when human beings have such powers to derail God’s plans? In this new series of lessons on Ezra and Nehemiah, we also bring into focus several other important biblical characters: the prophets Haggai and Zechariah; and Zerubbabel, the governor of the province of Judah who is always associated with Joshua the high priest and who spearheaded the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. A crucial issue that will remain important throughout the quarter is the comparison between the methods and message of Jesus ...

  • A Community of Servants

    A Community of Servants

    21/09/2019 Duration: 13min

    Relevant Verses: Heb. 10:23-25 Leading question: Can we accomplish more by ourselves or by working as a community? Comment: The final lesson this quarter is one that offers a host of intriguing possibilities for discussion. Some ideas are more explicit in Scripture, some are implicit. In some case modern insights reinforce what we find in Scripture. For those who are obedient, a biblical command is enough motivation. “The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it – and I do it!” 1. The value of community life: Responding to a biblical command. Church as body of Christ: 1 Corinthians 12 Church as the ...

  • To Love Mercy

    To Love Mercy

    14/09/2019 Duration: 13min

    Relevant Verses: Micah 6:6-8; Matt. 6:25-34; James 1:5-8 Leading question: Given all the distractions in our world, what practical steps can we take to help us keep a clear focus on Jesus’ mandate to care for the poor and disadvantaged? Comment: This week’s lesson covers much ground that is familiar. Indeed a number of biblical passages that we have already discussed this quarter appear again. The point is to keep our focus clear. Micah 6:6-8: Simply following the prophet’s words. The psychology of Micah 6:6-8 can be highly instructive for us: one cannot expect to pay an ever higher price to satisfy ...

  • Living the Advent Hope

    Living the Advent Hope

    07/09/2019 Duration: 13min

    Relevant Verses: Rom. 8:18-24; 1 Cor. 15; Rev. 21-22 Leading question: Is it possible to live on hope rather than on the basis of proof? Comment: Our lesson for this week affirms that Second Coming of Jesus. But remarkably, it opens on a note that could almost described as “despair.” The author has unearthed no less than six biblical passages in which believers utter the cry: “How Long?” That cry from the souls under the altar in Revelation 14:6 is familiar. The others are less so. Let’s look at each one with a brief analysis to show how they are similar and how they differ: Zechariah 1:12: This is a ...

  • Living the Gospel

    Living the Gospel

    31/08/2019 Duration: 13min

    Relevant Verses: 1 Cor. 4:6-7; Eph. 2:8-10; John 3:16-17; Gal. 3:28; Rev. 14:6-7 Leading question: Once we realize that we are God’s children, how do we protect ourselves (and the world around us!), from the arrogance that lurks so near? Comment: Once a upon a time, when I was a young man, several of us theology faculty at Walla Walla College (now University) used to play racquetball together. Each of us had a particular strength. One of my colleagues had the reach. With his long arms he could stand in the middle of the court and reach almost anything. Another colleague ...