Hello and welcome to my site! My name is Les. I enjoy thinking and writing about theology, education, and philosophy.
After writing hundreds of lessons as a high school Bible teacher in Singapore, Korea, and the U.S., I decided to publish them. I currently have five courses available, which you can find under the Bible Lessons tab above. Each course is available in paperback and PDF. The Other Writings section contains a guide for high school Bible teachers and two devotional books that take readers on unique journeys through the Bible.
My mission is modest: to create the best self-study Bible courses on the planet for ages 14 and up—courses that present the biblical text in an engaging fashion, courses that challenge the heart and mind, and courses that will be used by Christian schools, homeschool families, churches, and individuals who want to understand the Bible.
I’m building bridges, which I think is fitting for someone with the last name Bridgeman. The bridges I’m building are between:
- the world of biblical scholarship and those who have not had formal Bible training;
- the mind and heart by creating lessons that are academic and devotional; and
- those with the one right view on controversial issues and those with a different view by explaining various views clearly and concisely.
Where am I coming from?
My own experience has been primarily in the Protestant Christian tradition—I was raised in a Pentecostal church, earned a master’s degree in Religion from a non-denominational seminary (Gordon-Conwell), and taught in non-denominational Christian schools for about ten years. So for most of my career, I’ve worked closely with people from various Protestant denominations.
But I’ve learned much from authors who are Orthodox and Catholic, some of whom I quote in my lessons. As a result, instead of writing as a member of one particular Christian denomination, I write as a member of the worldwide, historic Christian church. That means I emphasize essential Christian beliefs and explain controversial matters in a respectful manner. I don’t believe my job is to indoctrinate on the one correct Christian interpretation on disputed matters. My job is to carefully inform, provoke thought, and make sure that controversial issues are kept in perspective. For example, when discussing the days of Genesis 1, I explain four main views without arguing for the one right view and then ask, “Which view makes the most sense to you? Why?”
Finally, my understanding of the world has been enhanced by teaching World Religions and interacting with students from different faith backgrounds. I thoroughly enjoy learning about other faiths and seeing the similarities and differences with my own. Here are a couple of blog posts, which show how I accomplish this: Taoism and Christianity; Zen Buddhism and Christianity. Since the schools where I taught had open-enrollment policies, I had the opportunity to teach students who considered themselves to be Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Atheists, and Free-Thinkers. And I’m happy to say that those students felt comfortable to share their views in my class while we carefully studied the biblical text.
- Genesis 1–3: Bible Study Lessons – PDF version.
- If you are new to high school Bible teaching, see A Guide for High School Bible Teachers.
- This site contains more than 100 blog posts. While most of the posts are academic in nature, several have an encouraging or devotional emphasis. If you want to stay updated on my latest blog posts enter your email address into the subscription box above.
- Check out my youtube channel.