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Dr. Pederson teaching at Mars HillDr. Pederson is available to teach in churches, Bible colleges and other educational and ministry training institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Pederson is available for a limited number of engagements.

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Subject areas include:

The Land and the Book - Bible Geography

The intended meaning of so many Biblical passages can be grasped when we better understand the significant ties to the land. In other words, where something took place is often a key to understanding the significance of the event and the passage. Amazing insights into well known Biblical passages can be gained when we see them in their geographical context.

The Hebraic Context of the Bible

"So that's what it means!" This is often the response when people see the Bible in its Hebraic context. The Bible is a Jewish book, the prophets were fully Jewish, and Jesus was an observant Jew and the promised Jewish Messiah. Restoring the Bible to its' Hebraic setting opens up incredible insights to numerous Biblical passages.

Jesus and the Pharisees

The Pharisees are present in over one hundred passages in the Gospels. Who the Pharisees were, and how they relate to us, is a mystery to most Christians. Jesus' interactions with the Pharisees are often misunderstood and the intended message to us is often missed. This series of teachings centers on Jesus' interactions with the Pharisees with the goal of exposing the dangers of Pharisaism in us and leading us to a clearer understanding of the true gospel.

The Jewish Jesus

Jesus was not a white American Christian. He did not observe Christmas or Easter. Jesus was an observant, traditionalist first century Jew who lived and taught in a very Jewish world. He did Hanakkuh, Purim, Passover, the Feast of Trumpets, the Feast of Tabernacles and all of the other Biblical holidays. His Bible was the Old Testament. He wore a prayer shawl, participated in both synagogue and Temple worship, and was considered an "insider" with the Pharisees. Restoring the Jewishness of Jesus exposes the true meaning of numerous passages in the Gospels.

Quantum Leap

Insights into the manners and customs of people in the Biblical world. So many things that happen in the Bible are missed unless we understand the customs and their significance. Quantum Leap will open up numerous Biblical passages by explaining the significance of these customs.

An Old Testament Walk-Through

Using principles of "memory by association" and a very participatory teaching style, this is an enjoyable, even entertaining, yet incredibly effective approach to grasping the flow of the entire Old Testament. An Old Testament Walk-Through can be presented in as little as two hours, with a guarantee that every person present will retain a clear picture of the flow of the entire Old Testament.

Understanding the Parables of Jesus

Parables were a common method of instruction by Jewish religious teachers in Jesus' day. Jesus, however, was the master story teller. When seen in their historical, cultural, Hebraic context, the parables of Jesus take on fascinating new life and meaning.

The Holidays of God - Exposing the Hidden Meanings in the Biblical Feasts

The Biblical Holidays of Leviticus 23 contain amazing insights into the Gospel and God's program for the world. In addition to teaching this fascinating chapter in the Bible, Dr. Pederson is available to lead a group celebration of any of the Biblical feasts.

The Covenant Meal

Has the Lord's Supper become little more than a routine and somewhat meaningless ritual? This series of teachings will bring fascinating insights and lead people into fresh and meaningful encounters with God through the celebration of the Lord's Supper. The middle eastern "meal covenant", the "blood covenant", the "new covenant" of Jeremiah 31, the significance of the Passover setting for the Last Supper, and other rich Biblical insights will restore a love and a passion for meaningful communion with God at the Lord's Table. The purpose of The Covenant Meal is to expose the Biblical underpinnings of the Lord's Supper, leading to a fresh and meaningful experience with God.

Dramatizations

One of the ways Dr. Pederson seeks to lead people in Biblical encounters is through live, in-costume dramatizations of Biblical characters. These dramatic presentations have been widely received as very effective in opening up the heart of God in His Word through the lives of people like:

Abraham

Dr. Pederson in character as AbrahamGenesis 22 will never be the same after Abraham tells the story of what it was like to take his son, Isaac, to the mountains of Moriah and offer him as a sacrifice to the Lord. Children and adults alike will be spellbound as they enter Abraham's world and discover:

  • Fascinating insights into the life and times of the Chaldean bedouin, Abraham
  • The real significance of the "mountains of Moriah" and the place of sacrifice Abraham named "Jehovah Jireh" (God will provide)
  • How the gospel was preached to Abraham in Genesis 22
  • Fresh understandings of what faith is and why Abraham is so often referred to in the New Testament as a model of faith
  • Incredible parallels between the drama of Abraham offering his son, Isaac, in Genesis 22, and God taking His son up those same hills (named Jehovah Jireh) and offering Him as the true and final sacrifice, as recorded in the gospels and explained throughout the New Testament
  • A new appreciation for the father heart of God and the depths of his love for us

This presentation has been well received in a variety of settings. It has often been followed by a particularly meaningful celebration of the Lord's Supper.

Moses

The books of Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, and particularly Deuteronomy will come alive after Moses comes and shares his heart from Mt. Nebo, just across the Jordan river from Jericho.

Moses will tell the fascinating story of how he grew up and lived as the son of the Pharoh in Egypt, how God called him into service, and how he led the Israelites out of Egypt, through 40 years of desert wandering, and up to the banks of the Jordan river. You will be moved as Moses pours out his compassionate, yet broken and somewhat embittered heart in the book of Deuteronomy. You will feel challenged to refocus your own commitment to follow God and his ways as numerous Biblical passages take on fresh meaning through the story of Moses from Mt. Nebo.

Jonah

Dr. Pederson in character as JonahJonah was an incredible person and a very powerful communicator. Your understanding of the man Jonah, as well as the book that bears his name, will never be the same after he comes and shares his story first hand.

Sometimes quite humorous, but always intense, Jonah tells the story of being a prophet in Israel during the perilous days when the Assyrian empire, with its capital city of Nineveh, was ethnically cleansing the area and butchering the Israelites. God instructed him to go and warn the Assyrians of His judgment unless they repented of their evil ways. We know the story. "No way! I hate the Assyrians. God, I know you. They'll say they're sorry and You'll forgive them. They deserve to be judged! They deserve Your judgment. They deserve justice, not mercy! I'm not going! I'm going the opposite way!"

As Jonah relives his amazing story, he will reveal how his root problem was that he believed he was entitled to mercy and grace from God, but others were not. God used a vine and a worm to reveal to Jonah his root problem. While he freely accepted grace and mercy for himself, for others he sought only justice. The truth is, not one of us deserves God's mercy and grace.

The lesson of Jonah? To be as quick to extend mercy to others as God has been to lavish it on me. To be as ready to see God's grace and mercy fall on other undeserving sinners as on me, undeserving sinner that I am.

Nehemiah

When Nehemiah talked, people listened! He was a man of action who threatened violence against uncooperative people and even pulled out the beards of some. He also was a man of prayer and a deep commitment to God.

This dynamic leader will take you into the Biblical world of the old city of Jerusalem and challenge you in powerful ways. You will feel like you've returned to Jerusalem from Persian exile yourself and actually lived through the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.

Nehemiah will tell the story of the relentless opposition he faced, both from without and from within, to keep him from completing the task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. You'll gain insight into the life and times of Nehemiah, Ezra, and Zerubbabel. The discussion between Jesus and the woman at the well in John 4 will take on new meaning as Nehemiah explains how and why the Samaritans built their own temple on Mt. Gerazim in Shechem. Most of all, you will feel motivated to get refocused on the call of God in your life and not be distracted by the numerous obstacles that will most assuredly present themselves.

John Mark

Young John Mark brings a message of hope to the discouraged and downhearted. His is a message of grace; how God takes people who have failed miserably and restores them into meaningful relationship with Him and ministry in His kingdom.

John Mark tells the story of his upbringing in Jerusalem, the son of a single mom whose home was the center of Christian influence during the very early days of the church. He explains how, full of high hopes and dreams, he accompanied the Apostle Paul and his uncle, Barnabas, on a missionary journey. He became discouraged, however, and quit the journey, leaving Paul and Barnabas.

John Mark's failure experience left him feeling worthless and without hope of ever being any use to God or anyone else. However, God led him to spend some years with another former failure, the Apostle Peter, who took him under his wing, ministered grace, encouraged him, and restored him to a place of confidence and leadership in the early Church. The greatest thrill for John Mark comes when the Apostle Paul calls him "profitable" and asks for him to come and join him in ministry.

The story of John Mark is particularly encouraging for people who have experienced failure or discouragement in their Christian lives. The message of God's healing and restoring grace is proclaimed loudly in this dramatic sketch.

Peter

You will always have a new appreciation for Peter, the fisherman turned apostle, after he comes and shares his fascinating story first hand. You'll gain much insight into the life and times of Jesus as Peter tells his story.

The focal point of the Peter story will rest on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in John 21, where he experienced his own life changing encounter with Jesus. Here is where the risen Lord Jesus directed the fishermen to cast their nets on the other side, where they caught 153 fish.

Here is where Jesus invites Peter to "come and eat", as they shared in a "meal covenant" of forgiveness and reconciliation. Here is where Peter was fully restored, in spite of his arrogant boasting and subsequent denial of Jesus. Here is where he learned about the grace of God and how God has called us all to redemptive ministry. Here is where Peter discovered that God repeatedly gives the standard, we repeatedly attempt to meet it, we repeatedly fail and fall short, and God repeatedly meets us with grace and the chance to start again.

This presentation will inspire you in your own relationship with God and to a deeper commitment to redemptive ministry to others.

The Apostle Paul

In this energetic presentation, the Apostle Paul will cause the book of Acts to come alive. You'll gain a fresh perspective on the significance of the gospel message and how it is the power of God to everyone that believes.

Numerous passages from the book of Acts and the New Testament letters of the Apostle Paul will take on new meaning as they are exposed in their historical and cultural context. The significance of the resurrection of Jesus and the supreme importance of the message of the grace of God will penetrate your heart as the Apostle of God's grace walks you through his life and times.