Hi, I’m Les. I enjoy thinking and writing about biblical and philosophical topics.
When I was a teenager, a turning point occurred in my faith journey. One day I was walking home from baseball practice, crossing the street, as I normally did, when a car came out of nowhere and hit me. I was thrown in the air and landed on the cement. Next thing I knew, I was on the ground with an ambulance and friends surrounding me. I got up, and although the police escorted me home, I walked away with only a few scratches.
I could have been seriously injured, but I believed that God had protected me. Reflecting on that event produced in me a deep desire to know God. I began reading the Bible voraciously and started small group Bible studies with friends.
After high school, I went on to study the Bible both in college and seminary. Later, I began teaching Bible and theology classes as a high school teacher. Since I had difficulty finding good curriculum, I had to write all the lessons myself. The teenage years are a foundational time in a person’s life, and I wanted my lessons to be the right balance of academic and devotional.
After receiving positive feedback from students and encouragement from colleagues, I decided to make my lessons available for others to use. I currently have five courses available, which you can find under the Courses tab above. These lessons have been used by homeschoolers, Bible teachers, Sunday Schools, small groups, and individuals for personal study. With these studies, readers will:
- gain insights into the world of biblical studies
- learn the essential teachings of the Christian faith
- understand different views on controversial issues
- be challenged by personal reflection questions and creative assignments
- be able to complete each study at his or her own pace
- earn approximately .25 high school credits by completing each study
For an impartial and thorough review of BibleBridge courses, check out Cathy Duffy’s Review.
I’m building bridges 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 experience has been primarily in the Protestant Christian tradition—I was raised in a Pentecostal church, went to a small Bible college, earned a master’s degree in Religion from a non-denominational seminary (Gordon-Conwell), and taught in non-denominational Christian schools, mostly in Asia, 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 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. 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 they felt comfortable to share their views in my class while we carefully studied the biblical text. Additionally, I 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.