Conference Schedule

June 10th

Day 1, Monday(12:30PM-5PM/8:30PM*)

The Passion Context

  • Caesarea Philippi
  • Raising of Lazarus
  • Zacchaeus and the Gospel
  • Parable of the Minas
  • Exodus and the 1st Passover
  • Triumphal Entry on Palm Sunday
  • And More …
  • * Optional Evening Program (7-8:30PM) where faculty share insights and strategies for interpreting Scripture.

June 11th

Day 2, Tuesday, (9AM-5PM)

Key Events During Passion Week

  • Cleansing the Temple
  • Cursing the Fig Tree
  • Jesus Anointed at Bethany
  • The Last Supper & The 5th Cup
  • What’s Up with Judas
  • Gethsemane and the Arrest
  • Trials before Sanhedrin, Pilate, and Antipas
  • Peter’s Denial
  • And More …

June 12th

Day 3, Wednesday, (9AM-4PM)

Crucifixion and Resurrection

  • Barabbas – The Federal Man
  • Flogging & Method of Crucifixion
  • Jesus’ Final Words
  • Tearing of the Curtain
  • The Resurrection Witnessed by Women
  • The Resurrection According to John
  • The Road to Emmaus
  • Jesus Meets with His Disciples
  • And More …

The Ibc 2018 Conference Faculty

  • Rod VanSolkema

    Senior Pastor of Crossroads Bible Church (Grand Rapids, MI), trip leader to Bible Lands, studied at Jerusalem University College.

  • Libby VanSolkema

    Children’s Director of Crossroads Bible Church (Grand Rapids, MI), trip leader to Bible Lands, studied at Jerusalem University College.

  • Dr. Randall Smith

    Founder of Great Commission Bible Institute and Christian Travel Study Program, trip leader to Israel, Turkey, Greece, and Italy, studied at Hebrew University, Ecole Biblique, and Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies.

  • Stacie Post

    Campus Ministry Grand Valley State University, Conference Worship Leader, trip leader to Israel, studied at Jerusalem University College.

  • Brad Nelson

    Founding Pastor of Brick City Church (Ocala, FL), speaker, writer, facilitates study trips to Israel and Turkey.

  • Doug Greenwold

    Co-Founder and Executive Director of Preserving Bible Times, author of nine books on biblical context, trip leader to Israel and Italy.

  • Brad Gray

    Founder and Executive Director of Walking The Text, author of “Make Your Mark,” trip leader to Israel and Turkey, studied at Jerusalem University College.

About The Institute Of Biblical Context

The Institute of Biblical Context’s (IBC) vision is to preserve and present biblical truth and meaning through integrating the biblical text with its visual, geographical, literary, historical and cultural context. The Institute’s approach utilizes an expert faculty gathered in one place at one time to share their respective areas of expertise – favorite contextual tools, frameworks and resources – as well as their unique thematic insights into the context of God’s Word. IBC’s purpose is to allow the Scriptures to increasingly come alive in fresh and new ways for pulpit and pew. Distinctives of an IBC Conference include:

  • Developing contextual frameworks, not only the communication of fascinating facts.
  • Integrated contextual exegesis that weaves together the cultural, historical, literary, geographical and visual context of passages to reveal/discern the original meaning and the intended transformational power of the passage.
  • A learning paradigm that allows us to step outside of our 21st century Western mindset to hear, think and understand God’s Word as people in the Bible did.
  • Equipping people with tools, frameworks and resources to engage the Scriptures in truly refreshing ways.
  • Renewing the mind and transforming the heart as people discover the original meaning and purpose of Bible passages that rekindle their excitement and enthusiasm for studying God’s Word.


For the words of Scripture to be transformational, they need to be heard and understood as the biblical writers intended them to be. The Bible writers conveyed precise meanings through their words, idioms, sites, names and images used. They assumed their audience would know what they were describing, together with its intended meaning. To more fully appreciate that meaning, a passage’s context needs to be restored in order to (re)discover the transformational impact originally intended by the Holy Spirit.

The Institute of Biblical Context is a Ministry Affiliate of Preserving Bible Times